Coteau-du-Lac in Vaudreuil-Soulanges RCM, Quebec — French Canadian Region
A canal that must be preserved
Un canal à protéger
The Canadian Parks service has a mission to preserve certain sites that bear witness to the history of our country and to the accomplishments of our ancestors. Of exceptional historic and archaeological importance, the Coteau-du-Lac National Historic Park is an example of the kind of site that must be protected. Its structural features and other remains are unique and non-renewable.
Abandoned in the middle of the 19th century, the canal at Coteau-du-Lac was excavated by archaeologists in the mid-1960s. Later, measures had to be taken to prevent the canal from deteriorating. In 1986 and 1987, the Canadian Parks Service took steps to protect the canal against the devastating effects of freezing and thawing. The work done at the time greatly modified the original appearance of the canal.
Protecting the Canal
The plan presented below shows the various measures taken in 1986 and 1987 to preserve the canal at Coteau-du-Lac. With its wooden sides and gravel bottom, the canal that you see today is quite different from the original construction.
The photograph gives you a good idea of what the canal looked like before the preservation work.
Le Service canadien des parcs a pour mission de conserver certains lieux qui témoignent de l’histoire de notre pays
Abandonné au milieu du 19ᵉ siècle, le canal de Coteau-du-lac fut déblayé et fouillé par des archéologues au milieu des années 1960. Par la suite, il a fallu intervenir pour contrer sa dégradation. Ainsi, en 1986 et 1987, le Service canadien des parcs a éffectué divers travaux visant à protéger le canal contre l’action dévastatrice du gel et du dégel. Ces travaux ont cependant modifié sensiblement l’aspect originel du canal.
La protection du canal
Le plan presenté ci-dessous schématise les différentes interventions faites au canal de Coteau-du-lac en 1986 et 1987, dans le but d’en assurer la conservation. Avec ses parois de bois et son fond de gravier, tel que vous le voyez aujourd’hui , le canal diffère passablement de ce qu’il était auparavant.
Par ailleurs, la photo ci-contre, nous donne une bonne idée de ce qu’était le canal avant ces travaux.
Erected by Parks Canada / Parcs Canada.
Location. 45° 17.26′ N, 74° 10.552′ W. Marker is in Coteau-du-Lac, Quebec, in Vaudreuil-Soulanges RCM. Marker can be reached from Chemin du Fleuve just from Rue du Fort, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 307 Chemin du Fleuve, Coteau-du-Lac, Quebec J0P 1B0, Canada.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Adapting the canal to new needs (here, next to this marker); What is a lock canal? (a few steps from this marker); A very busy canal (a few steps from this marker); A canal excavated in the rock (a few steps from this marker); North blockhouse / Le blockhaus nord (a few steps from this marker); Destination: Great Lakes / Destination: Les Grands Lacs (a few steps from this marker); A supply centre / Un poste de ravitaillement (within shouting distance of this marker); The Durham boat (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Coteau-du-Lac.
More about this marker. This marker is located at Coteau-du-Lac National Historic Site.
Categories. • Forts, Castles • War of 1812 • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 29, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 268 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on May 29, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.