The Lachine Canal – Gateway to Industrialized Canada

“I think Lachine Canal is the gateway to industrialized Canada. Without the Lachine Canal, there would have been no Canada. Our roots in the fur trade, export of goods, the movement of goods. Lachine Canal opened up mid-1800s and closed in the 1950s. The Saint Lawrence Seaway took over. It was the little brother that could and gave great amounts to the empire and also created this great city. It was a trade city, Montreal.

I think the Lachine Canal, it’s wonderful that Parks Canada have taken it over and they’ve made it a pleasure place. I love taking the cycling path along Lachine Canal. To me, that is one of my religions here, is to do that route to Old Montreal. I think it’s fantastic.”