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Historic canals and waterways

2021 Edition

Early bird discount!

Boats on a historic waterway, with overlay of 2021 Seasonal Lockage and Mooring Permits.

Get ready for the season to come! Purchase your 2021 seasonal lockage permit early and save 20%. Bundle it in the seasonal lockage and mooring package and save even more! Order your permits by March 31 and start planning your summer on the water.

Parks Canada continues to monitor and adapt to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Health and safety measures may affect your future visits. For up-to-date information specific to each location, visit the historic canals and waterways page. Stay safe and have fun!

World-class paddling

Three women kayaking at Lachine Canal National historic site.

Fresh air, exercise and some of the world’s finest paddling environments in your own backyard. With 50% off a seasonal lockage permit for a canoe or kayak, there’s never been a better time to launch a self-propelled adventure. Have you ever “locked through” in a canoe?

“Moor” than a day trip

Two paddlers enjoy their waterside campsite at Thousand Islands National Park

Stay overnight and awake to a morning full of possibility. Moor your boat and relax on your home-away-from home, or reserve a unique campsite near the water. Get an early start to your next adventure, or enjoy a slow morning watching the sun rise on the locks.

Mark your calendar; camping reservations will begin in April.

Stay connected

A lock operator operates the crank of a lock at Chambly Canal.

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