Lachine in Montréal (region), Quebec — French Canadian Region
An Upstream Battle
Naviguer à contre-courant
In the early 19th century, navigators could avoid the rapids between Lake St. Louis and Lake St. François by using a number of small canals built by the military around 1780. Nothing of the sort allowed navigators to bypass the Lachine Rapids.
In 1815, the government of Lower Canada sponsored a study aimed at building a canal on Montreal Island, but implementation was delayed. Four years later, a group of businessmen led by John Richardson took over the project and formed the Company of the Proprietors of the Lachine Canal. Unable to sell enough shares to finance the project, the company was forced to withdraw. Under mounting pressure from merchants, the government finally relaunched the project. A ceremony marking the start of work was held in Lachine on July 17, 1821. The canal was officially inaugurated on August 24, 1824. However, it was not navigable along its entire length until the following year.
Au début de XIXᵉ siècle, les navigateurs pouvaient éviter les rapides entre les lacs Saint-Louis et Saint-François, en empruntant quelques petites canaux construits par les militaires vers 1780. Rein de tel n’existait pour contourner les rapides de Lachine.
En 1815, le gouvernement du Bas-Canada parraine une étude visant à réaliser un canal sur l’ile de
Erected by Parks Canada / Parcs Canada.
Location. 45° 25.884′ N, 73° 40.144′ W. Marker is in Lachine, Quebec, in Montréal (region). Marker is on Boulevard Saint-Joseph just from Chemin du Musée, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 600 Boulevard Saint-Joseph, Lachine, Quebec H8S 2M1, Canada.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Wonderful New Addition (here, next to this marker); Full Steam Ahead (within shouting distance of this marker); Growing With the Times (within shouting distance of this marker); The Lachine Canal (about 120 meters away, measured in a direct line); Frances Anne Hopkins (approx. half a kilometer away); The Hudson’s Bay Company in Lachine (approx. half a kilometer away); Lachine: Gateway to the Northwest (approx. half a kilometer away); Lachine Massacre (approx. half a kilometer away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lachine.
More about this marker. This marker is on a foot bridge over the line of the original Lachine Canal.
Categories. • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 5, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 269 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on April 5, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.