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Winding through Montréal’s southwest borough, the Lachine Canal National Historic Site is a multi-faceted attraction that offers a welcome respite from urban hustle and bustle.
For leisure and recreation, the well-maintained path that runs along the canal offers one of the best spots in the city to walk, run or cycle. The canal itself is ideal for kayaking or navigating with an electric boat, while its scenic park is a popular place to meet up with friends and enjoy a summer picnic.
For entertainment and shopping, the site is near the Atwater Market, just a stone’s throw from downtown, and is surrounded by popular restaurants, bars and shops.
And then there’s its patrimonial and historical significance: once the entry point for the canal network that linked the Atlantic Ocean to the heart of the continent, the Lachine Canal’s rich industrial legacy shines through its restored red-brick factories.
A 14.5-kilometre route between the Old Port to Lac Saint-Louis, a lush park, a waterway punctuated with five locks, shorelines flanked by industrial remains, and a varied calendar of activities make this emblematic site a place to share with family and friends.
Daily, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.
The national historic site is open daily from sunrise to 11 p.m. The path is maintained from April 15th to November 15th.