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Lock No. 9 at the Chambly Canal National Historic Site

By Water
View of the International Balloon Festival of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu from Lock No. 9. – Parks Canada - Alain Malo

The Chambly Canal is 20 km long and boats navigate through a 24-m difference in water levels. Eight of the nine locks are still manually operated and both swing and lift bridges are crossed during an excursion through the canal. The minimum transit time is 4 hours from one entry point to the other. At Locks Nos. 1-2-3, be sure to arrive at least 45 minutes before the last lockage.

Tolls, Passes and Permits

Single lockage, single lockage & return, and one day permits for locks along Parks Canada’s historic canals are available only in facilities located along waterways as well as at boat shows taking place in 2015.

Seasonal lockage and mooring permits, transit permits or six-day permits can be purchased online as well as at Parks Canada facilities on the historic canals. Visit the Parks Canada Website for the complete fees information.

For More Information

For boating technical facts, promotions, current news, events calendar and more, visit the Parks Canada Website at


Lock No. 9 is situated in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu and is the southern entry point of the Chambly Canal National Historic Site. The canal, which opened along the Richelieu River in 1843, played a leading role in the Quebec forest product industry and in shipping these products to the burgeoning United States market.

Today, the Chambly Canal remains a popular destination for residents, visitors and boaters alike and offers an array of activities and events to partake in. Its natural setting and rich heritage provide the perfect escape into the heart of the region’s history.

It certainly takes more than a single visit to the Chambly Canal to enjoy everything the Richelieu Valley has to offer!

Services Offered

During the operating season, lockage services are offered to boaters navigating the Chambly Canal. Inexpensive docking is available both up and downstream from Lock No. 9. Picnic tables, restrooms, a water source and WiFi Internet access are also offered in the adjacent park. A kiosk managed by the organization, Les Amis du canal de Chambly, is also onsite to provide information about bike rentals and the various activities offered at the canal.

As well, boutiques, friendly restaurants and stages showcasing beloved performers populate the surrounding streets of Old-Saint-Jean. In the summer, Lock No. 9 is also the perfect place to witness and enjoy the magic of the International Balloon Festival of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu.


Season And Hours Open

Every year, from mid-May to mid-October. Visit the Parks Canada Website for the detailed Hours of Operation.