"TOUR OF THE LACHINE CANAL" Lachine by Simonneeddy

Lachine Travel Guide: 3 reviews and 46 photos

SENIORS GROUP TOUR OF THE CANAL

This was our Cruise boat for a 2 hour tour

There is a travelogue of the International Mosaiculture here as well

The first canal was built to bypass the Lachine Rapids in 1821 to 1825. It was open to Navigation in 1825. With the increase in shipping and tonnage, it had to be enlarged twice: the work was carried out in 1843 to 1848 and again in 1873 to 1884. Its length was 14KM.
It was closed to Navigation and replaced by the Seaway canal (in 1959) on the South Shore in Nov. 1970 it was closed to shipping as it was not wide enough for the new Lake Boats or Laker's as they were called.
In its heyday before the crash of 1929, nearly 15,000ships used the canal annually
In 2000 it was repaired with new lock gates etc. and is presently open to Pleasure boats who can go from the OLD PORT OF MONTREAL to LAKE ST. LOUIS to Sainte Anne -de-Bellvue lock and into the Lake of Two Mountains ( OTTAWA RIVER)

FUR TRADING HOUSE and Original Canal

This is a view of the first canal which has been preserved as a Historic Park at the end of 32nd AVE. Lachine. A beautiful Park with a huge Marina on Lake St. Louis behind it ( pictures follow)_
A travelogue below will show the History of the FUR TRADE

CAPTAIN of Cruise Boat

We are about to turn back as we have reached the end of our tour. Here we are at the lock for the OLD PORT OF MONTREAL and you can see The start of the international Mosaicultures INUKSHUK One of THE CANADIAN EXHIBITS.
It is an INNUIT Exhibit our original Native People in the Arctic. This type of figure was made of a pile of rocks and was used to say We have been here. IT faces South

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:A Tour you should not miss
  • Cons:NONE
  • In a nutshell:A history of Montreal all along its banks
  • Last visit to Lachine: Aug 2003
  • Intro Updated Aug 21, 2003
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  • Stephen-KarenConn's Profile Photo
    Jun 16, 2004 at 5:18 AM

    Very nice tour and beautiful travelogue photos.

  • globetrott's Profile Photo
    Aug 28, 2003 at 1:25 PM

    Great tips and pics ! Cruising like this in a small riverboat is one of my dreams in France and Ireland one day. I did not know about that area beeing so nice as well for cruising !!!

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