Chambly Canal and piste polyvalente, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu
|Navigation authority||Parks Canada|
|Construction began||September 5, 1831|
|Date of first use||June 9, 1843|
|Official name||Chambly Canal National Historic Site of Canada|
The Chambly Canal is a National Historic Site of Canada in the Province of Quebec, running along the Richelieu River past Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Carignan, and Chambly. Building commenced in 1831 and the canal opened in 1843. It served as a major commercial route during a time of heightened trade between the United States and Canada. Trade dwindled after World War I, and as of the 1970s, traffic has been replaced by recreational vessels.
The Canal has 10 bridges—8 of which are hand operated—and nine hydraulic locks.
- Draft: 6.5 ft (1.98 m)
- Clearance: 29 ft (8.84 m)
- Canal Length: 12 km (7.5 mi)
- Dimensions of smallest lock: 110 ft × 21 ft (33.53 m × 6.40 m)
- Passage time: 3 to 5 hours
Lock in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu flooded during the 2011 Lake Champlain and Richelieu River Floods
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