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Boating and canals

Do you love to travel by pleasure boat or canoe? Launch your own adventure along Canada's original highways. Going through the locks, you'll appreciate the "cutting-edge" engineering technology – from over 150 years ago! Immerse yourself in the beautiful landscapes, fascinating stories and lively local culture. Here's your chance to create unforgettable memories, surrounded by the sights and sounds of Canada's waterways.

Seasonal Lockage Permit – Free for 2017!

To celebrate Canada's 150th birthday, the 2017 Seasonal Lockage Permit is free! It allows passage through lock systems on all of Parks Canada's national historic canals throughout the entire 2017 navigation season.

In Quebec:

  • Carillon Canal National Historic Site
  • Chambly Canal National Historic Site
  • Lachine Canal National Historic Site
  • Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue Canal National Historic Site
  • Saint-Ours Canal National Historic Site

In Ontario:

  • Rideau Canal National Historic Site
  • Trent-Severn Waterway National Historic Site

Note: St. Peter's Canal (Nova Scotia) and Sault Ste. Marie Canal (Ontario) national historic sites do not require a lockage permit for recreational vessels.

Seasonal Overnight Mooring Permit

Parks Canada offers a seasonal mooring permit that is valid for overnight mooring at seven national historic canals, two national parks*, and one national marine conservation area. Your seasonal overnight mooring permit is valid for the entire navigation season.

Mooring is on a first-come, first-served basis; no reservations allowed. Maximum mooring periods vary by location.

In Quebec:

  • Carillon Canal National Historic Site
  • Chambly Canal National Historic Site
  • Lachine Canal National Historic Site
  • Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue Canal National Historic Site
  • Saint-Ours Canal National Historic Site

In Ontario:

  • Rideau Canal National Historic Site
  • Trent-Severn Waterway National Historic Site
  • Georgian Bay Islands National Park*
  • Thousand Islands National Park*
  • Fathom Five National Marine Park (Flowerpot Island)*

* Mooring only. Some restrictions may apply in national parks.

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