The Lachine Canal is known for its beautiful bike paths, luscious scenery, and kilometres of unobstructed tranquility. It is an urban oasis that is easily accessible from downtown and is the site of endless summer parties, festivals, and events. But did you know that it also offers an incredible opportunity to discover whitewater rafting? If you’re new to adventure rafting, the Lachine Rapids are the perfect location to get your feet wet.
A Part of Montreal History
The Lachine Canal is a waterway of great historic and cultural significance. Construction on the canal started almost 200 years ago to create a better trading route into the city from the St. Lawrence river that would detour the treacherous white waves of the Lachine Rapids. The canal was the city’s main industrial hub as it allowed merchant ships in and out of port. While the opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway made the Lachine Canal’s trading purpose obsolete, it slowly shifted into what is now a landmark of great natural beauty that attracts tourists and locals alike. Bike, walk, skateboard, and boat along the romantic Lachine Canal all summer long.
At 14.5 km long, the canal runs from the Old Port in Montreal’s historic district across the south end of the city through Sud-Ouest, Lachine, and Lasalle to Lac Saint-Louis. The traditional industrial architecture and infrastructure of these neighbourhoods illustrates the impact the canal had on the city’s landscape. Although the industrial days of these neighbourhoods have largely—though not entirely—moved elsewhere, there is no doubting the old-factory aesthetic of the canal.
An Adventure Rafting Paradise
Located just 12 minutes from downtown Montreal, the Lachine Rapids are the perfect gateway activity and initiation for anyone interested in learning how to raft in a safe and fun environment. Club Raft offers half-day rafting adventures on the Lachine Rapids that are ideal for beginner to intermediate skill levels. Chase white waves with friends or fellow thrill-seekers and we promise you’ll experience an adrenaline rush like no other. With the gorgeous cityscape in sight, get your adrenaline pumping in the heart of Montreal’s historic landmark.
What to Expect on Your Lachine Rapids Rafting Adventure
Book your rafting adventure online and show up on time. We’ll take care of the rest. The safety of all rafters is Club Raft’s primary concern. We’ll equip you with a helmet and a life vest and even a small snack. Trust us, you’ll be burning a lot of calories. Don’t forget to wear sunscreen and a bathing suit because you’re going to get wet! Your Club Raft guide will ensure your safety as you brave the white waves of Lachine’s treacherous waters.