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Historic canals and waterways

2022 Edition

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Early bird discount is back!

A boat on Chambly Canal, with overlay of 2022 Seasonal Lockage and Mooring Permits.

Purchase your seasonal lockage permit this winter and save 20%, or 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.

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Top 10 experiences

Boats moored in the evening at the quay of the Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue Canal.

Discover these ten must-do activities along the vast network of historic canals and waterways. Find ideas for a new summer adventure by water or land. Get your friends and family together and try them all!

Explore more trip ideas and travel information for historic canals and waterways in Canada!

Stay the night

Video: Live the oTENTik experience, an hour from Montreal at St-Ours Canal National Historic site

Wake up in an Ôasis, oTENTik or historic home and start your day with direct access to adventure on the canals and waterways. Camping at lockstations is also a great way to extend your paddling excursion or to enjoy a night outdoors on a family road trip. Stay overnight in one these amazing accommodations and fully immerse yourself in life at the locks.

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Go paddling!

A women kayaking the Trent-Severn waterway.

Looking for a great place to take your canoe or kayak this summer? Countless routes for all skill levels await you on the historic canals. Paddle all summer long with 50% off a seasonal lockage permit and travel at your leisure through the locks. From week-long excursions to easy day trips, make new memories on the water while enjoying a great Canadian outdoor activity.

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