Lieu Historique National du Canal-de-Lachine, Montreal

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Appreciate an impressive work of engineering at Lieu Historique National du Canal-de-Lachine, an old canal now providing space for leisure and recreational activities. First used in 1821, the canal was designed to act as a gateway between the Atlantic and the heart of North America. Falling into obsolescence in the second half of the 20th century due to the opening of the Saint Lawrence Seaway, the canal was reopened in 2002 for pleasure boating, freeing up the areas either side for recreation and cultural activities. Learn about the history of the impressive creation at the onsite visitor center. See Lieu Historique National du Canal-de-Lachine and all Montreal has to offer by arranging your trip with our Montreal travel route planner .
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  • The four of us rented bikes and set off along the canal. We stopped to provision at the Atwater Market, and at about mile nine we stopped for a lovely lunch. We joyfully completed the the next nine mi...  more »
  • This Canal was described as an “escape from the city”. Couldn’t have been more wrong! There is construction all along the Canal. There were several buildings being built and construction on the walkin...  more »
  • This end of the Lachine Canal is mostly abandoned commercial navigation channel which was reopened in canal for boating. It is bordered paths accommodate many joggers and cyclists. Atwater market is adjacent to the canal.
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