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“Great cycle route along an interesting historic waterway”

Lieu Historique National du Canal-de-Lachine
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Owner description: No longer used as a means of transportation, this canal now serves as a recreation area with hiking and biking trails.
North Vancouver, Canada
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“Great cycle route along an interesting historic waterway”
Reviewed 14 August 2014

This canal was constructed in the 1800s to allow ships to sail from the Atlantic to the great lakes. The surrounding area was once the industrial heartland of Montreal. When the canal was replaced by the St. Lawrence seaway in the 1950s, the factories were closed. Some have been repurposed as gentrified apartments; some are still slowly decaying.
I found this mix of history, decay and redevelopment to be very interesting - beautiful and ugly. We went for a long bike ride along the canal and went for a walk on a second day. I would not recommend the path for a long walk - it is too narrow to safely accomodate cyclists and pedestrians. However, I highly recommend a bike trip. In addition to the interesting vistas (and historic markers), there are numerous spots to stop for refreshment. The Atwater market is a highlight. I also recommend the St. Ambroise brewery - it has a nice terrace where one can sample beer (or cider) and enjoy some basic pub snacks.
The canal cycle path links to numerous other cycle routes (including ferries leaving from the old Port). There are kayak and small boat rentals near the Atwater market.

Visited August 2014
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Los Angeles, California
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“Great bike ride on a summers day”
Reviewed 11 August 2014

Nice smooth and satisfying bike ride to Lachine from Montreal. Places to stop at both ends. I rented a bike across the canal at Ma Bicyclette (sp?), from the Atwater Market, which is worth visiting for foodies and wannabe foodies.

There is also a scuplture garden at the end of the Lachine section of the bike path.

Visited August 2014
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Toronto, Canada
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“Great spot for biking and walks”
Reviewed 10 August 2014

Stopped at a café along the water here, which seems like a popular thing to do, and it was very nice. Very laid back and not built up at all. A fair distance from the downtown though.

Visited August 2014
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Rochester, Michigan
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“Very Scenic!”
Reviewed 9 August 2014

The views of the city skyline and St. Lawrence are amazing. Recommend taking the bridges to the race track and Parc Jean Drapeau. I had previously biked this path in 2010 and was somewhat disappointed to see all of the grafiti and conditions of the path starting to deteriorate. Be sure to include a stop over at the Atwater Market!

Visited August 2014
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Montreal, Canada
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“Enjoy the best bike path in Montreal”
Reviewed 5 August 2014

Bike, rollerblade or walk alone the Canal Lachine from Old Montreal to the West End. Stop and enjoy parks, rest areas, food snacks. You can rent a small boat, canoe, kayak, peddle boat or hop on a tour boat. All amazing activities.

Visited August 2014
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