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Reviewed August 20, 2018

we enjoyed an excursion to the canal for a gentle stroll and an ice cream. Quiet and peaceful and very enjoyable.

1  Thank Nan K
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Reviewed August 19, 2018

Fun bike path with minimal hills riding along the canal and to return you can bike through a series of connected parks on the east side of the island. Wonderful park on the peninsula extending into Lac St Louis

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Reviewed August 17, 2018

The good part is that the bike path is fantastically well designed, you hardly ever need to cross any streets let alone ride through traffic. This fact is well used by roadies, in fact we've been passed by a three-rider paceline in matching kit, which I've never seen on any bike path. There are very few kids and dog-walkers (more on that below), so if you want to stretch your legs, go right ahead.

Sadly it's not much cop sightseeing-wise. You pass right next to several construction sights, highways, and factories (those that have large pipes, funnels, and trucks outside, not the converted atmospheric exposed-brick ones) complete with the smells and the sounds. This is the industrial heart of a living city but it's neither scenic, serene, etc. Some parts of the path are less leafy than others so use sunscreen! It does get better right at the end, at Rene Levesque Park.

We took the longer way back, along the river bank/La Salle blvd. That route has water views (including white water), actual people, outdoor swimming pools, etc. If you're heading to Old City, keep in mind that short sections (e.g. Wellington St) are on non-separated streets and also there are no signs so some map-reading proficiency is needed.

1  Thank bdima
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Reviewed August 14, 2018

I see that some of the reviews are negative; don't listen to them. No, this is not a ride through the countryside. But it varies from cityscapes to beautiful tree-lined sections. It has interesting history and a good surface for riding. And it ends at beautiful Rene Levesque Park. We rode the entire Lachine Canal, and then looped back along the bike path along the St Lawrence River next to LaSalle Blvd, including a stop at Parc des Rapides. We highly recommend this ride (it's 20-plus miles, but mostly flat). The Lachine Canal bike path is also a great way to get into the Old Port section of Montreal without having to ride on streets.

1  Thank Judy C
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Reviewed August 6, 2018

On vacation in Montréal, I was eager to do a ten-mile run starting from downtown, heading up the Canal-de-Lachine and then back down to waterfront in Vieux-Montréal. The canal takes the runner or cyclist through a varied landscape of old warehouses, graffiti-covered unused buildings, luxury condo buildings, side streets fronted by middle class homes, and commercial developments. There are a few crossings at bridges and locks along the canal to keep things interesting so you're not running on only one side of the canal for any stretch. In fact, it being summer during my visit, it was necessary to cross on account of sections of the path being closed for construction. At the early weekday hour I was out running (starting at 5:45 AM), the bikeways were largely deserted but for a few homeless people picking through garbage cans or sleeping rough on the ground, something sadly too common in large cities with significant economic disparities. The area likely gets more activity during later hours and, in fact, I did see more cyclists and runners as I came closer to where the canal joins the old port. As is to be expected, the elevation is pancake flat except for a couple of parts where the path dips below the road level. Thus, it's an easy ride or run for people of all abilities. Recommended for travelers looking to combine exercise with views of Montréal's industrial past and its residential redevelopment in this area.

1  Thank Aegletes
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Reviewed August 3, 2018 via mobile

I read that this was a very scenic trail. The entire loop takes around 3-4 hours to bike. For the entire first half of the loop you get to ride along the canal thru graffiti covered industrial buildings, paralleling roads with trucks and construction. Once to get to the half way point, there is a park where you can find water, a bathroom and maybe some junk food. After that things pick up a bit as you return along the river, riding thru several parks. When this section ends, you are routed thru a residential neighborhood. If you’re picturing tree lined streets, don’t. Picture a ghetto. If you survive that, you’re back to the canal and the abandoned warehouses. If that sounds like a nice way to spend half a day of you’re vacation, go for it.

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Reviewed July 27, 2018

Get on a bike and take a cruise outside the hustle and bustle. Beautiful trail along the canal. Easy ride no matter your age.

1  Thank Lisa627
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Reviewed July 12, 2018

I love to walk along the canal Lachine. 100 years ago, Canal Lachine was the industrial heart of Montreal. Today, most of the factories have gone and the buildings have been transformed into condos. Many new condos are being built! One can regret the gentrification but Parks Canada have tried to document the history of this part of Montreal. They developed parks, with walking and bicycle trails on both banks of the canal, and plenty of interesting documentation on its past industrial glory. You can start the walk, the jog, or the bike ride near the old port or near the Atwater market and enjoy the view on Montreal in the background, or the sight of the old buildings. It is a glorious sight any time of the year! In winter time, crampons on your boots maybe handy as the trail is often icy. It is very quiet and beautiful on a clear cold winter day.

1  Thank jeanclaudem780
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Reviewed June 22, 2018

Fabulous riding along the canal and can then ride through lovely neighborhoods all the way to St Anne de Bellevue. Construction and confusing sections in the city can be difficult but once you find your way beyond that the ride is spectacular. Don't leave your bike unattended at Atwater Market, even if locked, as it is a prime location for bike thieves.

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Reviewed June 16, 2018 via mobile

Absent from list of activities is the boat rental place called The Lachine Canal Nautical Centre aka @Aventuresh2o

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