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Chambly Canal, Chambly

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Must see · Biking Trail · Water Body
The Chambly Canal is a National Historic Site of Canada in the Province of Quebec, running along the Richelieu River past Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Carignan, and Chambly. Building commenced in 1831 and the canal opened in 1843. It served as a major commercial route during a time of heightened trade between the United States and Canada. Trade dwindled after World War I, and as of the 1970s, traffic has been replaced by recreational vessels.

It is part of a waterway that connects the Saint Lawrence River with the Hudson River in the United States. Lake Champlain and the Champlain Canal form the U.S. portion of the Lakes to Locks Passage.

The Canal has 10 bridges—8 of which are hand operated—and nine hydraulic locks.

Draft: 6.5 ft (1.98 m)

Clearance: 29 ft (8.84 m)

Canal Length: 20 km (12 mi)

Dimensions of smallest lock: 110 ft × 21 ft (33.53 m × 6.40 m)

Passage time: 3 to 5 hours
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  • A good place to have a walk or do some cycling. We enjoyed the walk and watched the raising or lowering of boats through the canal. There are many places to have some great photo shots. Recommended!  more »
  • Beautiful City, Beautiful Canal, lots to do on the water and cycling paths. Very picturesque. Definitely recommend.  more »
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