Montreal, Quebec

Lachine Canal & Aqueduct Paths

A national historic site, the Lachine Canal is a lovely linear park, following the historic canal and its series of locks. A great run is to start at the famous Atwater Market, and run along the flat path heading east, following the red line in the above map, to its terminus in Lachine. The trail is 14.5 km (9 miles) in length.

Some Key Distances, from Atwater are below. Heading east, most running on south side of canal. Heading west, it’s on the north side.

Heading East from Atwater

1.5 miles – Peel Basin
2.5 miles – Notre Dame Church, Old Montreal
3.3 miles – Basin de L’Horloge, Old Montreal

Heading West from Atwater

0.5 miles – Ped. bridge to north side
1.3 miles – Parc Gadbois
2.5 miles – Notre Dame Church, Old Montreal
3.1 miles – Angringon (Park, metro)
4.3 miles – Dollard
5.8 miles – Lachine Museum (Trail end)

Add-On/Option for Return: Instead of a there and back from the western end, you can head back east along the Canal de l’Aqueduc, paralleling Boulevard de Champlain. It is 1.3 miles along Blvd. Lasalle to get back into a jogging path, and 2.3 miles to Parc de l’Aqueduc, where the path leads 5.5 miles back to Atwater. Note at Rue de l’Eglise there’s an 0.5 mile road connection to the Lachine Canal Path. To shorten the run, there are Metro connections at Angringon, Monk, Jolicoeur, Verdun, and Eglise.

Note: Not maintained in winter.

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Essentials
  • 14km (9.5 miles) total length
  • Fairly flat
  • Numerous access points. Atwater Market is a good place to start. Also the Old Locks near Old Montreal
  • Metro: Chalevoix or Place St. Henri for Atwater Market start