Les amis du canal de Chambly

Chambly Canal

The Chambly Canal is divided between rural and urban areas where the presence of ornamental plants including several areas where the shoreline naturalization is a natural way. Ducks, geese, mink, turtles and deer are all resident animals of different backgrounds. The Copper Redhorse threatened species is the only endemic vertebrate in the Richelieu River.

This ancient waterway that played a leading role in the export of forest products from Quebec to the United States, this channel continues to welcome more than 2,000 pleasure boats that use the 8 and 9 locks bridges still active
Its 19 miles are the longest canal history of Quebec in addition to being the only one in Quebec to have retained its original layout and most of its locks still works manually. The Chambly Canal is also the only one in Quebec have 3 locks stairs to see!

Canal de Chambly

The canal

Only in Quebec to have kept its original path and the majority of the locks still operate manually or with a bridge to rack (Vintage regulator) on the Island Fryer. It was also the longest journey for boat, along 20 km of water. The Chambly Canal is the only Canadian to have 3 locks stairs, must-see summer, the operation is very interesting.

Per year more than 6,000 vessels pass through our locks to admire the beautiful scenery.
In addition to the Chambly Canal is the only Canadian to have 3 ongoing archeological sites, and many more to come.

Aquatic Life

Chambly Basin and in the Richelieu River, there are several kinds of fish, including, yellow perch, sunfish, carp, suckers, smallmouth bass, brown bullhead, the gars bone, brown trout , American eel and many menésainsi the Copper Redhorse. The latter is a species threatened which is the only living vertebrate only Quebec, he lives nowhere else in monde.La presence of many aquatic plants contribute to a certain extent the existence and reproduction of some species. The carp have been seen regularly in spawning activity in the waters of the canal.

Floral Life

Fryer on the Island, which lies between Chambly and St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, it contains natural vegetation, including sugar maples, hickories, oaks with large fruit, charms Carolina, the elms America and ash

Most noticeable was the presence of ornamental vegetation along the Chambly Canal several areas where the shoreline naturalization is a natural way. We also find several rare or endangered plants. Regeneration is mainly composed of poplar, ash red, blue oak, silver maple, elm and maple negundo. These stands are rare in Quebec made ​​by the disappearance of wetlands for agricultural land. Indeed, these settlements typical and representative of humic environments only found in the Nagorno-Richelieu due to specific soil and climate.


The different environments and habitats along the Chambly Canal can observe many animals. In some sectors, there has been rather tolerant animals to human presence such as skunks, raccoons, squirrels, woodchucks and deer. It observes cons fauna in different sectors of a more natural, like mink, turtles, frogs or deer. Some animals are transient while others are more permanent residents. There is also, in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, a significant staging area located on the Richelieu River in the fall of hosting thousands of ducks and geese.

In terms of preservation of Parks Canada.

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