The L’Éclusier Route

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From the Old Montréal or from Valleyfield, discover the five canals. The L’Éclusier route invites you to a sweet escape close to the city. Impressive views, captivating scenery and cultural richness immerse you in the story of a people, of its mythical river and of its locks!

L’Itinerary

The L’Éclusier Route
Follow Route Verte #5 between Salaberry-de-Valleyfield and Lachine. From Lachine to the old port of Montreal, follow the bike path of the Lachine Canal.

Services

Click on the tabs to view a list of businesses along this route.

Auberge Le Pomerol
BienvenueCycliste_webEnjoy Montreal in a cozy inn conveniently located. Auberge Le Pomerol is a quaint and comfortable hotel. Its ultra design decor is a staple of elegance and comfort. It is located directly across the street from Berri-UQAM metro station, the Latin Quarter, Quartier des spectacles and the Old Port. L’Auberge Le Pommerol distinguishes itself by offering a personalized service and remarkable quality rooms.

Whether you’re looking for a room with style or a romantic one, this quaint 3-star hotel with its bed & breakfast style will charm you. Guests will appreciate the elevator as well as the many amenities included.

  • Continental breakfast delivered to your door in a basket

  • Free WIFI, easy to connect and reliable

  • In-room coffee machine

  • Air conditioning with remote control

  • Flat screen TV with HDMI port


Many rooms have a living area, a workspace, a whirlpool bath and a mini-refrigerator.

Nearby, La Route verte, a vast bikeway that touches all the regions of Quebec awaits you. It is a cycling dream come true. It’s over 4000km of bike paths, road shoulders and designated roadways.

The Inn has a shed where you can safely store your bike during your stay. Just in case you need to make a quick repair on your bike, we have at your disposal an air pump and a set of tools. Hop on your bike and, in less than 2 minutes, you will find yourself on « la Route Verte! »

Guaranteed Parking!
Parking spaces are available, at the rear of the Inn, for guests. If you stay there for at least one night, you can use it, against a small fee, while you are doing your bike trip.

Certified Green Key and Green LeadersGreen-Leaders
819 boul. de Maisonneuve Est
Montréal
Québec
H2L 1Y7
514 526-5511
HI-Montréal
BienvenueCycliste_webYouth hostel located in the heart of Québec's metropolis activities. Pubs, cozy cafés, shops, night clubs and world cuisine restaurants are a short walk away. Friendly and hard-working team welcomes each guest with enthusiasm.

Available services


  • Free Wi-Fi internet access

  • Bistro serving meals and craft beers (open evenings only)

  • Breakfast included

  • Free organized activities

  • Bikes rental


Cycling paths


Montréal's cycling network (in french only)
Lachine's canal 14 km
1030 rue MacKay
Montréal
Québec
H3G 2H1
514 843-3317 Sans frais 1 866 843-3317
Hôtel Plaza Valleyfield
Logo du programme Bienvenue cyclistesEnjoy a relaxing vacation in an urban setting at Hôtel Plaza Valleyfield. It offers a fine service, the excellence of a great hotel, modern facilities and a renowned restaurant.

Thanks to its excellent location, you will fully appreciate the attractions of this refreshing touristic destination. Its warm comfort and the unique charm of its historic walls (it is a textile factory of the last century converted into a hotel) will please you without any doubt.

Bike tours
Suroît cycling network (in french only)
40, avenue du Centenaire
Salaberry-de-Valleyfield
Québec
J6S 3L6
450 373-1990
La Perrot Damoise
A charming B&B set in a stone mansion built in 1754. On the edge of Lake Saint-Louis, La Perrot Damoise offers nice comfortable rooms and a cozy dining room. Furthermore, it stands out by offering cooking classes: if you wish, you can participate in creating your own Italian feast! Finally, a "B&B + theater" package is offered in collaboration with the Théâtre des Cascades, located in Pointe-des-Cascades.

We invite you to do a bike tour, literaly, of Île Perrot. It is perfect to fully enjoy the slow pace and beauty of the place. The quiet Perrot Boulevard, which surround the island, is really welcoming for cyclists.

Rates
Rooms with a shared bathroom : 125 $ double occupancy, 105$ single occupancy
Mrs Daoust room (with private bathroom) : 125 $ double occupancy, 105$ single occupancy
25, rue de l'Église
Notre-Dame-de-l'Île-Perrot
Québec
J7V 8P4
514 453-1444

Delissimo – William J. Walter Valleyfield
Warm atmosphere in the shop to discover a selection of smoothies, coffees and iced teas, coffees: Espresso, coffee with milk, cappuccino; delicatessen (exclusive products of the soil); fresh pasta, hand-stuffed olives, sausages GLUTEN FREE (more than 70 varieties) Quebec microbreweries (over 300 varieties) and products from L'Hermine - sugar shack.

Since its opening in 2012, the shop proposes and creates the novelty, so that each of your visits turns into a memorable adventure. Passionate, curious and endowed with an unparalleled courtesy, Claire and Linda St-Jean, owners, welcome you to share their knowledge, but above all to reveal surprising and sought after products.

Sausages


One of the star products at "Délissimo - William J. Walter, Valleyfield" is definitely THE SAUSAGE! Gluten-free and preservative-free, offered in more than 70 fresh or smoked varieties, with or without cheese, with or without pork, the choice is vast!

To the game (bison, deer, duck, deer), sweet or intense spices, sweet or spicy, in short everything to allow you discovery evenings (accompanied by good beers!)

Beer from Quebec


A favorite place for connoisseurs and hops connoisseurs alike, the store features more than 300 carefully selected breweries of Quebec microbreweries, several varieties of which are available every Saturday in tastings. For an optimal met-beer, visit the sausage counter!

World Coffee, organic, fair and certified ecocert Canada


The gourmet counter Délissimo - William J. Walter, Valleyfield is renewed and offers you an original range of coffee beans thanks to the "boutique of Micro-Torrefaction Lenoir & Lacroix, family business". In the form of organic, fair trade and certified Ecocert Canada, you will find different selections of coffees offered in bulk and tasting on site.

Culinary Discovery and Gift Ideas - Delicatessen


Fresh pasta, homemade sauces and fresh pesto produced by DIABOLISSIMO, local products close to home (L'Hermine, Duck et Cie, Chocolate sweets). Organic meat from Charlevoix, 1001 fondues, Maison du BootLegger, Les Anges Gourmets with these Portuguese tarts. Fine import products such as olive oils, spices, French sweets and more!

Thanks to different local producers and distributors. the Délissimo gourmet counter also offers a wide choice of mustards, BBQ sauces and homemade sauces without preservatives, pestos, apple ciders, fine chocolates, olive oils and maple products .
67 rue Alexandre,
Salaberry-de-Valleyfield
Québec
J6S 3J7
450 747-4475

Canal de Soulanges
While rolling on the cycle path that follows it, you will see the locks that enabled the ships to go from downriver to upriver. Or vice-versa. Don't miss the "Petit pouvoir", a former hydroelectric plant built in bricks and located between the canal and the St. Lawrence River.

At the east end of the canal, you will be close to the Théâtre des Cascades (in french only). It is located in what is, according to many, the more beautiful summer theatre site in province of Québec. At the other end, take advantage of your presence to visit the Coteau-du-Lac National Historic Site. There, you will be able to see, among others, some remnants of a fort.

Built between 1892 and 1899, this canal links Les Coteau to Pointe-des-Cascades. Until 1959, it allowed ships to overcome the Saint-Lawrence River rapids. It becames obsolete due to the opening of the St. Lawrence seaway. Boats do not navigate on it anymore, but cyclists enjoy its flat banks!
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Lieu historique national de Coteau-du-Lac
Located nearby canal de Soulange, this historic site features Canada’s first lock canal and the remains of a fort. You can also see a blockhouse, military building erected in 1813, as the fort, to protect Canada (then a British colony) from possible US attacks. The channel, abandoned since the inauguration of the first Beauharnois Canal, can now be visited, both feet dry!

Construction of the Coteau-du-Lac canal began in the summer of 1779. Built by soldiers using rudimentary tools and techniques, this channel (100 m long and 2.5 m wide) was completed in 1781. It includes 3 locks, each 12 m long, 1.8 m wide and a draught of about 80 cm. It allows to bypass a drop of about 2 m between downstream and upstream of the rapid.
308 chemin du Fleuve
Coteau-du-Lac
Québec
J0P 1B0
450 763-5631
Lieu historique national du Canal-de-Lachine
To ride along the Lachine Channel is to rub Montreal, a vibrant metropolis with a diverse cultural life. Linking its Old Port to Lake Saint-Louis, the venerable channel (it has over 150 years!) is fun to explore by bike. Besides, in 2009, the canal's bike path was ranked third of the most beautiful urban circuits in the world by Time magazine.

Along it, you can, among others, do a picnic and rent a canoe, a kayak or, even, an electric boat. Nearby, you will also find the Atwater market, a place to discover for any food lover!

Built to bypass the impressive Lachine rapids, this canal immerses visitors in the past. It is, indeed, the craddle of canadian industrilization. The presence of this watereway combined to the hydraulic power contributed, in 19th century, to the establishment of several industries on its banks: mills and grain elevators, nail factories, edge-tool, sawmills and wood workshops.

Truly, a trip to Montreal would not be complete without a visit to this channel!
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Lieu historique national du Canal-de-Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue
Between Lake St. Louis and Vaudreuil Bay, the Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue Canal is used for yachting. Take some time to stroll along the boardwalk that borders the waterway. You can also explore the historical sites or attend the operation of the lock maneuvers. Otherwise, picnic in this green area is a great way to regain strength before going back on your bike!

Inaugurated in 1843 for commercial navigation, this channel was heavily used during the second half of the 19th century. At the time, many steam boats, loaded with passengers, went through it daily. Following the opening of the Seaway St. Lawrence, in 1959, he was gradually abandoned. Since 1963, only the pleasure crafts can access it.
170 rue Sainte-Anne
Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue
Québec
H9X 1N1
514 457-5546
Vieux canal de Beauharnois
You can see the western end of this former canal while riding in the Delpha-Sauvé park, in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield. In front of this park, on the south shore of the canal: the Marina and the sail club. In summer, a resort atmosphere prevails. Pleasure crafts are now the only occupants of this former trade route.

The canal construction began in 1842. It needed a lot of energy, from the workers workers who dug, with little machinery, that 880 meters long and 40-50 meters wide trench. A bit as a side effect, those major works gave birth to the city of Salaberry-de-Valleyfield. After these, on April 23 of 1845, the canal was opened to shipping.

If you want to learn more about this former waterway, we invite you to visit the Société du Vieux Canal de Beauharnois (in french only), located at 410 Victoria, Salaberry-de-Valleyfield.

Aerial view of the canal (Video)
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Ça Roule Montréal
Montreal On Wheels is your biking partner in the city! We offer guided bike tours, bike rides with tour leaders, bike rentals and a full bike repair service with sale of accessories. Come meet us in the wonderful historic district of Old Montreal. We're located directly on the bike path!

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27 rue de la Commune Est
Montréal
Québec
H2Y 1H9
514-866-0633 ou sans frais 1-877-866-0633
514-866-8908
Vélo-Station
The biggest bike shop of the region. Retailer of bicycles from Trek, Cannondale, Kuota and more. A wide selection of helmets, wheels, shoes, sunglasses, and other accessories are also available in large numbers. Choose from Oakley, Bontrager, Sidi, Zipp, Cannondale and others great brands.

Children's bikes and child trailers are offered, as a large section of clothes that can dress cyclists for each season.

Do you want choice? Here, you get it!
61, rue Alexandre
Salaberry-de-Valleyfield
Québec
J6S 3J6
450 377-4769

Salaberry-de-Valleyfield
Just 30 km from the west of the island of Montreal, the City of Salaberry-de-Valleyfield is in the heart of an exceptional cycling network, 90% paved, on flat terrain and sprinkled with riverside halts. Indeed, the city was built around the St. Francis Bay, located at the junction of the St. Lawrence River, the St. Charles River and the old Beauharnois Canal. Its historic downtown, vibrant and lively, offers a host of events throughout the summer, unique shops and more than a dozen restaurants terraces. Moreover, the Hotel Plaza Valleyfield, a Welcome Cyclist member, offers storage space for bicycles. We invite you to get info about the package "Discover the Suroît waterways 2016".

Rural - urban duality, this is what characterizes our region! The Suroît cycle network, totaling nearly 140 km, is rich of its diverses paths and has multiple links between each of them (Parc régional de Beauharnois-Salaberry, Soulanges bike path, Peasant's trail, Haut-Saint-Laurent multifunctional trail). Among those links, the Maritime shuttle for cyclists and the navette Les Cèdres are to discover.

Also to discover during your stay in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield :

  • MUSO – Société des Deux-Rives Museum

  • Delpha-Sauvé Park's outdoor aquatic complex (heated pool with swimming lanes, slides, water games)

  • Outdoor shows on a floating stage at the old canal's terrace

  • Indoor show - Fabien Cloutier in a one-man-show formula

  • Sailing tours and "croisières endimanchées"

  • Îles-de-Saint-Timothée regional park's beach

  • Urban animations and many summer events


Cycling Tours

Beauharnois-Salaberry MRC (in french only)
Soulanges Bike Path

For more information, visit www.destinationvalleyfield.com/en
61, rue Sainte-Cécile
Salaberry-de-Valleyfield
Québec
J6T 1L8
450 370-4300