The Lachine Canal was built almost 200 years ago to circumvent the treacherous Lachine Rapids and provide access to the interior of North America. Join us as we discover the interesting nooks and crannies that make-up the historic Montreal landmark. Witness the majestic birds, turtles and beavers that call the canal home while we look upon the changing landscape of the Montreal Skyline. Leaving from the historic Atwater Market, we head East towards to traverse the St-Gabriel locks which date back to 1825. We'll explore the Peel Basin and cruise past Griffintown as we paddle towards our destination; Montreal's world famous Old Port. We'll stop for lunch or a snack and a brief walk before returning to our departure point. This tour takes about 3 hrs and requires no previous kayaking experience. There are three or four options for lunch including Muvbox lobster roll shack (lunch is not included).
I started kayaking in high school and quickly became passionate about the sport, continuing through university and starting a paddling school with my buddy soon thereafter. I have paddled in Hawaii, Honduras, Australia and guided trips down the Gatineau, Parc de La Verandrye, the Saguenay Fjord and all around Montreal. Due to the popularity of the experiences I am offering, my assistants Dylan, Alex or/and Sarah could be joining us or leading the trips. Dylan speaks French, English and Spanish fluently and Sarah is a ray of sunshine who has been assisting me for two seasons. Alex is a professional guide.
Kayaks and all gear are supplied. Drinks and snacks available for purchase or bring your own.
We'll start in front of the Atwater market, make our way down to the St-Gabriel locks and explore the Peel Basin. We'll pass through the Saint Gabriel locks in our kayaks which date back to 1825 as we paddle towards our destination; Montreal's world famous Old Port. On the way we'll scout out the future location of the Montreal baseball franchise!
Dress like you would for a bike ride. Some drips from the paddle are common but it's rare that people fall in the canal. Lunch is optional and not included in the tour, there spots in the Old Port