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.