The Canal de Lachine is a canal passing through the southwestern part of the Island of Montreal, running 14.5 kilometres from the Old Port of Montreal to Lake Saint-Louis. The canal was built to bypass the treacherous Lachine Rapids on the Saint-Lawrence river upstream of Montreal. After completion of the canal in 1825, its banks became a major industrial area of the city. However, the canal closed to shipping traffic in 1970, a few years after the opening of the Saint-Lawrence Seaway (in 1959), which bypasses the rapids starting in Longueuil, on the other side of the river.
The canal is lined with a nice path, suitable for walking and biking, all the way from the Old Port to Lake Saint-Louis. I followed that path on foot until the Saint-Henri neighbourhood, where I took the subway back to Downtown.
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Starting at la Villette in Paris, the Canal Saint-Denis connects the Canal de l’Ourcq to the Seine, crossing the towns of Aubervilliers and Saint-Denis on the way.
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The Amstel is a river in the Netherlands which runs through the city of Amsterdam, which took its name from it (originally, Amstelredam).
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Haarlem is a city in the Netherlands, not very far from Amsterdam. It has many buildings dating back to the middle-ages. I went there last fall and walked at random.
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Utrecht is a city in the Netherlands not very far south of Amsterdam. Utrecht’s ancient city centre features many buildings and structures dating from the Middle Ages. I went there for a day last september and walked around.
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