View of downtown Montreal from Canal de Lachine, it’s here #3!

Oh le Canal de Lachine ! We love so much this course at Coureurs Montréal/Montreal Runners… Here are born our passion of running and the idea to make discover the beautiful Montreal thanks to our legs and at a good pace! 

Le canal de Lachine is not the most important touristic site in Montreal but more one of the montrealers. Indeed, is a long way walking along the canal from the Atwater market to the Old Port and not totally rehabilitated yet (so not very friendly at the first sight). Some people follow the good advice to have a bicycle ride, and it is a very good way to enjoy it faster and better – if you are not a runner! :-) Running, it is paradise!

We ever spoke about it a lot, with Jogg.in and courseapied.ca ! These articles are only in French, someday, I will translate it here and let you know 😉 Or, don’t miss to come to Montreal and book your running tour to live the “so Montrealer” experience! 😉

The canal de Lachine runs 14.5 kilometres from the Old Port of Montreal to Lake Saint-Louis. It has been built in 1825 to bypass the rapids at Lachine, upstream of Montreal and to help business of  industries located around. Then it was deepened to allow heavier ships to pass through and hydraulic power was introduced to the industries located on its banks until it closed to commercial navigation in 1970.
The canal has been designated as a National Historic Site of Canada in 1929. In 2002, the Lachine Canal was reopened as a pleasure boating area, despite environmental concerns about heavy industrial contamination of its bottom, and the banks of the canal were redeveloped. An environmental reclamation project continues to clean up old oil spills. The banks of the canal offer bicycling and roller blading.

The view of the city we posted on our Instagram feed to announce spring was taken from near to the the Saint-Gabriel’s lock, one of the 5 locks of the canal.

We still can see on the banks, some tailraces that factories used to use. Over the last two decades, the canal has seen a large increase in residential and commercial development. In what was originally a very heavy industrial neighbourhood, Pointe-Saint-Charles and Saint-Henri have become very up and coming districts. Many real estate developers have turned the century old industrial factories and warehouses, into prestigious loft buildings, truly treasures of industrial heritage! 

 

 

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