Looking at the Chambly Canal Locks
Tarnhelm Voyages - September 2023
The Chambly Canal begins at the connected locks 1, 2, and 3 in Chambly, Canada, and runs between Chambly and Lock 9 in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu. Information about it can be found on the International Joint Commission Watersheds website (IJC.org) PDF on The Chambly Canal.
Canals were formed to allow ships carrying goods move in relative safety in a man-built channed next to the river. Instead of moving under power or sail, these cargo boats were pulled along the canal by mules. Today, the former mule paths are now part of Quebec's beautiful park and bike-path system.
I took very few pictures of the Chambly Canal locks during our trip because I handled our boat lines while standing on the bow. Since coming home, I purchased a lanyard, so next year will be able to take more descriptive pictures without worry of losing my phone.
In looking back over my photos, none really describe what traveling through the locks were like. Fortunately, because the Chambly Canal is so popular, there are lots of videos available from travelers like us. Here are a few that provide good views of Locks 1, 2, and 3 in Chambly itself, as well as along the entire canal route.
Short video produced by Parks Canada: The Chambly Canal: Experience it!
See how the manually operated locks work: Manually operated Locks 1, 2 and 3 of the Chambly Canal
Overview of Fort Chambly: Fort Chambly and Canal Canadian National Historic Sites 🇨🇦 French Fortification Montreal Quebec 2022
Experience cruising the entire canal: Cruising the Chambly Canal and Locks
When looking at these videos, know that our boat in the marina just to the west of the locks. We walked in this area daily.
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