By bike, on foot or by boat, come and admire the lockage operations and enjoy a family picnic in the Parc les Ateliers. Continue your exploration by strolling through Old Chambly or Old St-Jean. In August, marvel at a sky filled with hot-air balloons – it’s a real treat for the eyes. The Chambly Canal is also a welcoming place in winter when you can practice skating, snowshoeing or cross-country skiing.

Chambly Canal, a family experience


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A timelapse of boats coming and out of the locks of the Chambly Canal. [Title: Chambly Canal National Historic Site]

A mother and her children walk with their bikes to an interpretation panel.

Afterward, the family explores the marina.

A Parks Canada employee who activates the door lock crank.

The locks that fill.

A Parks Canada employee who helps a boat owner to moor the ship to cross the locks.

Another employee of Parks Canada activates the crank to open the locks gates.

The family goes for a bike ride on the bike path.

A drawbridge is up to let a boat continue his path.

The family is having a picnic in the shade of a tree.

Children play ball and enjoy an ice cream cone while watching the air balloons that rises in the distance.

A timelapse of the locks a dusk.

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  • Special events

    All summer long, the banks of the Chambly Canal come to life with a fascinating events program fit for the whole family.

  • Fishing the Chambly Canal

    Enjoy a relaxing moment close to nature on the banks of the canal.

  • The canal's path

    The Chambly Canal offers 20 kilometres of exceptional scenery for bike lovers and pedestrians. Linking the cities of Chambly and Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, the canal's path is part of the province-wide Route Verte 1.

  • Fort-Ste-Thérèse National Historic Site

    To permit the French army offensive against the Iroquois nations and to put an end to their attacks, a series of forts was built in 1665 and 1666 at the most strategic spots along the Richelieu River. This set the context for the building of Fort Sainte-Thérèse. Access by foot or by bike.

All activities

Sea birds Bird watching
Cross-country skiing Cross country skiing
Hiking Hiking
Kayaking Kayaking
Photo Opportunity Photography
Snowshoeing Snowshoeing
Ice skating
Boat tie-up Mooring
Picnic area Picnicking
Dogs on leash Dog walking
Notice board Interpretive trail
Motorboating Motorboating
Sailboating Sailboating