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Lieu Historique National du Canal-de-Lachine
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Owner description: No longer used as a means of transportation, this canal now serves as a recreation area with hiking and biking trails.
Reviewed January 31, 2012

GREAT STROLLING AREA OR BICYCLE RIDING, jogging area see all the young yuppies getting in shape and offers a nice stroll in the city's nature side

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Reviewed January 3, 2012

It's a nice place to enjoy a beautiful walk or go to bike !

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Reviewed September 30, 2011

The best place in Montreal isn't actually in Montreal, but in Lachine - the Lachine Canal. Although there are less visitors than Montreal, you can find a more attractive and peaceful city.

There is a bicycle path from Old Port to Dorval. (It's near the Montreal airport.)
If you want to enjoy the real Lachine Canal, bring your bike, so you can better appreciate it.
On the left side there is a small but lively park. Also, in the summer there are lots of things to do like yachting, canoeing, jet skiing and all kinds of leisure sports.

When i first went there, i was so surprised, and the more i go to the west side, the more i can find beauty. At the end of the canal, there is no land and no more buildings. I just saw the horizon. It looks like the sea! The combination of sunset and water is perfect.

Time flies fast!! The winter is coming soon. If you don't want to miss it, you should hurry up!

1  Thank Park K
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Reviewed September 24, 2011

As a cyclist, the pleasure of a dedicated bike path is one that I cherish - it is wonderful to see a city on a bike, but not if one has to worry about competing with the traffic. But this is a path that is rarely interrupted by road, and takes you along lovely green parts of the city, parts that you might not normally see if you stuck to your tour guide. With the Bixi rental bike system available, a visitor can rent a bike in the Old Port and head west on the dedicated bike path that follows the Lachine Canal, a waterway that leads approximately 13 km to where it empties into the St. Lawrence River near a beautiful park called Parc Rene-Levesque, which offers views of a marina, old churches and lighthouses in Lachine, and a view across the river, on a bike path that loops around the park. (In this park you will find interesting outdoor sculptures, an arboretum, a shuttle boat, lots of space to picnic, fly a kite or throw a football, and practicalities such as washrooms, always welcome on a long bike ride!) There is a terrific spot to stop at the end of the park which has bike stands and park benches, which serves as a natural stopping point to admire the view.

Between the Old Port and Parc Rene Levesque, highlights are the Atwater Market, a vibrant fresh market scene and a great place to stop for a coffee, and the St. Ambroise pub - St. Ambroise is a local beer and one can enjoy it on their open terrace (it has always looked inviting on a hot day but I have not mixed alcohol and cycling yet!). Also, along the way in the summer, one can watch the locks open and close, letting recreational boaters get on their way. It is a lazy pastime to watch while you are getting a rest. There are water fountains and washrooms along the way - the path is very well supported. The path is open year round, but a connecting section of the path along a brief space of road in the Old Montreal becomes street parking between November and April - it reopens in April, is 'posted' off to become dedicated bike path again.
Patience can be required when the summer is full on and there are lots of people sharing the path - roller bladers, families with small children who are a still a bit wobbly on their bikes, triathletes eager to get around everyone - you will also see police patrols on bike to keep things safe, and I have occasionally seen them on horseback (riding off the path). I find that the busiest parts of the path are between Atwater market and the Old Port. Once you get west of Atwater market, the crowds tend to peter out.

There are lots of connections to other bike paths - linking to paths around the island, out to the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve rack track, to the South Shore by bridge or boat shuttle.

I have enjoyed this path throughout the year, and I highly recommend it.

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Reviewed August 2, 2011

This bike path along the Lachine Canal in Montreal is a *generally well-maintained, two-laned, flat path bordering parks, old brick buildings with modern conversions, neighborhoods and industrial areas. [* there are sections going towards Vieux Montreal that are under construction.] There is an accompanying map for tourists describing the sites/destinations: a canal museum, restaurants, historical sites and even a Montreal brewery (St. Ambroise). The nearest metro stop is Lionel-Groulx, 2 blocks north of Atwater Market, which is across the canal from where we rented 2 bicycles for $60. You can also rent paddle boats, canoes or kayaks. You can ride in either direction from this popular starting point, going either the shorter 23 kilometers route, or the longer route, past a bird sanctuary on the St. Lawrence River. The information booth (near the Atwater market) includes detailed maps and helpful staff. I highly recommend this activity.

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