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Carillon Canal National Historic Site of Canada (Parks Canada)

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Carillon Canal and Collector's House. (Photo - Matthew Farfan)Popular in summer, the Carillon Canal is visited annually by 20,000 pleasure boaters, who use the modern lock to travel up the Ottawa River, and 30,000 people who visit the park.Located at Carillon village (now a part of Saint-André-d’Argenteuil), the Carillon Canal was the southernmost canal along the Ottawa River. Built between 1826 and 1833, it consisted of three locks and one main canal two miles (3.2 km) long. Water was fed to the canal from the North River, a small tributary of the Ottawa. Originally built for military purposes, the canal was used for commerce from the outset.
Visitors who wish to learn more about the Carillon Canal National Historic Site are invited to view the series of bilingual outdoor interpretation panels and the seasonal exhibit presented at the Collector's House.

Physical Description: 

Monument, Carillon Canal. (Photo - Matthew Farfan)Modern lift lock (open seasonally), which is used almost exclusively for pleasure boating, and which includes one lock, which raises and lowers boats 20 m in a single operation.

Adjacent to the modern lock is the park, which contains vestiges of the old canal, the remains of Lock No. 1 (1830-1833), the quartermaster’s store / toll collector’s house (1843), the superintendent’s house (1843), and the jetty of the second canal (1873-1882). Interpretive plaques and seasonal exhibits in the Collector’s House help explain the history of this fascinating site.

Carillon Power Installation. (Photo - Matthew Farfan)Within sight of the park is Hydro-Québec’s spectacular Carillon power installation. Tours are available but visitors must contact the Carillon facility directly. Tel (toll free): (800) 365-5229.

Not far from the Canal are the Carillon Barracks (c.1830), a National Historic Site which today house the Argenteuil Regional Museum.



Special Activities: 

Special activities are presented in collaboration with the Friends of the Long-Sault Heritage. Please contact Carillon National Historic Site for details.



Business Hours: 

May 14 to June 17:
Monday to Thursday - 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Friday to Sunday and official holidays - 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
[Carillon.HSMBC.Canal.jpg]June 18 to August 15:
Daily - 8:30 a.m. to 7:30p.m.
August 16 to September 7:
Monday to Thursday - 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Friday to Sunday and official holidays - 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
September 8 to October 14:
Monday to Thursday - 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Friday to Sunday and official holidays - 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

**Please take notes that times of first and last lockages are not guaranteed. To maximize chances of being locked through, arrive early enough to allow complete lockages in both directions.
During hours of operation, you may contact the canals personnel by VHF-Canal 68.
Tel.: (450) 537-3534.
Transit: One hour.
Please arrive at least one hour before closing time.
The floating docks are located on starboard.


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Carillon Canal National Historic Site of Canada,
210 Du Barrage Street, Carillon, QC J0V 1C0.

Toll free: 1 (888) 773-8888.(Canada and USA)
(450) 658-2428
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Carillon Canal is the major

Carillon Canal is the major attraction of Canada. It's really a great historical place to visit. You have given us some interesting information. I want to visit this place.
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