November 8, 2011 – Summertime for almost any Montrealer means spending as much time outdoors as possible, and the beautiful Lachine Canal district gives the city a breath of fresh air. Following a bicycle and pedestrian pathway that winds for more than 14 km through the Lachine Canal National Historic Site, walkers, cyclists and rollerbladers alike watch as crew teams hone their skills in the water.
Those wanting to get on the water themselves can jump aboard the Navark Dollier‑de‑Casson for a Guided Boat Tour of Lachine Canal. Guests get the chance to experience a lockage and are treated to picturesque views of downtown. As well, a professional guide-interpreter sheds light on some the great moments in the history of a canal that has been central to the shaping of Canadian industry for close to 200 years.
For history buffs, a tour wouldn’t be complete without stopping in at the Lachine Lock Visitor Service Centre, which presents a permanent exhibition on the canal, and at the Fur Trade at Lachine National Historic Site of Canada.
The tour takes just under two hours (1 h 45) and departs from the Atwater Market dock, south of Saint-Ambroise at Atwater Streets. Guided boat tours of the Lachine Canal run from the end of May to early October.