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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 October 17, 2013

I've been to Paris, and I know, we are in Montreal, but still, this little promenade, from Atwater Market to Complexe du Canal Lachine , is a delight. You can either walk or bike by the canal, bixies always an option, and get a really fun Montreal experience. I have done in many ways, one, my friend Louise came to pick me up at the Complexe du Canal, because I am an artist and this is where artists work. We had a picnic by the canal, lay on the grass and relaxed big time as others bike by. So, people gazing is good here too. Another time, I walked all the way to the Atwater Market, grabbed a lunch at the sushi place, looked at the many shops, bought some great organic meat at the organic butcher in the market, got so much cheese at the Fromagerie, amazing selection. In the summer days, I buy my flowers, I walk back and forth, meet friends, have a coffee, in all, a great walk, beautiful buildings, funky shopping at Warshaws. A great place to relax while moving!

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Reviewed October 11, 2013

A favorite with Montrealers; a stop at the historic Lachine Canal. It used to be the only link for ships to reach the Great Lakes before the St Lawrence seaway was open. You are close to downtown Montreal . You can walk; rent a canoe; paddle boat; rent bikes; cross country ski in the winter. And not least; go buy fresh produce at the Atwater market. Loved the place so much; it's now where i live.

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Reviewed October 10, 2013

The Lachine canal area runs through some of the lovely neighbourhoods of Montreal. In the area near the Atwater market, across the canal, is a place to rent kayaks or canoes. It's heavenly to paddle in behind these areas you wouldn't otherwise see. Keep in mind that you will need to take the boat out of the water and portage a few times at bridges, where the water level takes a steep drop, but it's pretty easy to do. It's also fabulous to cycle the trails alongside the scenic canal.

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Reviewed October 5, 2013

We were strolling thru Old Montreal to the east end then headed down to the canal to walk to the Atwater Market. At least a 4 km walk west along the canal with lots of stops to read the historical plaques along the way. If you like to walk I highly recommend it. Or you can hire a Bixi bike and cycle.

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Reviewed September 29, 2013

What a great bike trip. We started at the end near Old Montreal where the canal winds through a newly built canal front recreation area with restaurants and shops, up the more rustic parts of the canal with ocean to the far left and downtown Montreal to the right, to a small expansion of the canals where you can rent paddle boats or electric boats for a little fun on the water and then up to Atwater Market *(like a "permanent" farmer's market where you can browse various stalls to create a great lunch for eating on the banks of the canal" and then back along the canal which, if you have energy, can be taken all the way to the old World's Fair grounds -- now a nice tourist area. Plan to bike across a long, slightly uphill bridge to get there, though and leave a couple hours for the detour -- it's a long way there and back. You can skip this and head back along to Fontenac Park if you prefer -- lovely lakes and fountains and knolls of grass perfect for sunbathing or picnics. The canal is one of Canada's great national parks and definitely worth the visit. You can't really see enough of it walking -- so rent a bike and have a really great day!

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