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Lieu historique national du Canada du Commerce-de-la-Fourrure-à-Lachine

1255, boulevard Saint-Joseph, Lachine, QC, H8S 2M2

514-637-7433 Fax: 514-637-5325 | Website

To experience the historic activities of Canadian fur traders, as well as enjoy a scenic bike trail along the Lachine Canal, visit the Fur Trade at Lachine National Historic Site of Canada!

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What:

Type | Historic Building
Payment | Cheque, Interac, MasterCard, American Express, Visa, Cash

Where:

Neighbourhood | West Island
Getting There | At Lachine, in the west of the island of Montreal, via Highway 20 West, 20 minutes from downtown Montreal

When:

May to October; daily 10:00AM to 5:00PM

Profile Last Updated: April 02, 2009

An Enchanted Setting
Hidden between Saint-François and Saint-Louis Lakes, Coteau-du-Lac is the narrowest and most turbulent site along the St-Lawrence River. Nomadic Aboriginals who frequently took this corridor portaged so not to damage their boats. Seeking to develop waterway transportation into the colony and wanting to bring in merchandise in larger boats, the French built this 18th century corridor navigable at its current height.

Canadian Historic Site
In the "stone hangar," an old fur warehouse built in 1803, you are invited to relive one of the most important times in Canadian history. An interactive exhibit with the theme of "The Fur Trade in the Early 19th Century" will take you strolling among the bundles of furs, crates of merchandise and barrels of food supplies. Discover all the secrets of this trade, which, for many years, was the driving force behind the country's economy.

Leisure Activities
When the Ottawa River became a canal in 1834, the Coteau-du-Lac installations were gradually abandoned. After housing a sawmill and a stone-pit quarry, it was recognized as a National Historic Site in 1923 and became open to the public in 1972 when archaeological digs and restoration projects were put in place. Shaded resting spots were created in this country terrain to accommodate tourists.