Boat tours to be offered this summer on Montreal’s historic Lachine Canal

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Boat tours will be offered along a five-kilometre portion of Montreal’s Lachine Canal this summer, with commentary provided on the history on the waterway.

Boat tours will be offered along Montreal's Lachine Canal this summer, with commentary provided on the history on the waterway. — Photo by The Canadian Press

The new tours are a good way to view of a part of the city that has become trendy, said Thomas Piche, a visitor services manager for Parks Canada which manages the canal.

“You will see old industrial buildings transformed into very high-end condos, and new construction as well,” he said.

The canal, a national historic site, played a key role in the industrialization of Montreal. It was completed in 1825 and twice enlarged, later in the 19th century, to accommodate an increase in shipping.

The tours — offered Friday, Saturday and Sunday, from June 27 to Aug. 31 — will pass through three locks en route from the Old Port to Atwater Market.

Visitors can ride the boat back after a stop for lunch, walk back (which takes about 40 minutes) or take a Bixi bike on the multi-purpose paved trail that runs along the canal.

Kayaks and other watercraft can be rented at H2O Adventures across from the market.

Scheduled departure times for the boat are 11:30 a.m. from the Old Port and 2 p.m. from Atwater Market.

Organizations: Parks Canada

Geographic location: Montreal, Lachine Canal, Old Port

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