Treasures of the Soulanges Canal

Les trésors du canal de Soulanges
Josiane Farand | L'Art de Capter

A historic window onto the past

This itinerary stretches along Highway 338, also known as Chemin du canal, and lets you discover the diverse landscapes bordering the Soulanges Canal. Starting in Pointe-des-Cascades, visit Parc des ancres, a unique open-air museum dedicated to anchors and the area’s maritime history. Next, swing by the Bourg des Cèdres vineyard, which produces wines inspired by the Soulanges Canal and other regional landmarks. Finish your tour in Coteau-du-Lac and Les Coteaux to enjoy the magnificent views from the western mouth of the Soulanges Canal as it flows into Lake Saint-François. The perfect spot to spread a blanket and enjoy a picnic at the end of the day!

From Pointe-des-Cascades to Les Coteaux

Time

1/2 day

# of stops

5 stops

Distance

28 km

Stops

  • 1 Parc des Ancres de Pointe-des-Cascades
  • 2 Le Bourg des Cèdres
  • 3 Kayaks et SUP au canal
  • 4 Lieu historique national de Coteau-du-Lac
  • 5 L'Embouchure

Parc des Ancres de Pointe-des-Cascades 1

76, Chemin du Canal Pointe-des-Cascades Québec

450-455-3414

Centrally located at Lock #3 of the Soulanges Canal, Anchor Park is home to more than 100 anchors of all different sizes, shapes, and colours. This open-air musuem is open year-round, and is the perfect spot to get started on your visit to this charming municipality and its maritime history. The park is found at the eastern gate of Soulanges Canal bike path, so stop by before or after your bike ride to complete a great day outdoors. Now you know where to drop anchor!

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Le Bourg des Cèdres 2

490, Chemin du Fleuve Les Cèdres Québec J7T 1L4

514-318-2325

The Bourg des Cèdres is a vineyard inspired by history. Located on the banks of the St. Lawrence River, the land bordering the oldest Cedar house is favored by a climate conducive to the cultivation of vines. The name of the vineyard, as well as the name of the wines, refer to places or historical facts of the region. Activities and services: boutique, picnic area on the banks of the river, tasting, guided tour, free visit, grape harvest, picnic, small group room rental, terrace, gift shop.

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Kayaks et SUP au canal 3

20, Rue Principale Coteau-du-Lac Québec J0P 1B0

855-424-6654

The 2021 season is over. During the summer, it is now possible to experience the canal in a whole new way! Paddling! In downtown Coteau-du-Lac, directly on the Soulanges bicycle path, a rental container for non-motorized boats is installed. Perfect for cooling off on hot summer days! There are single, double kayaks and paddle boards (SUP). At all time, children under 16 must be accompanied by a parent for rental. Please remember to bring sunscreen, a bottle of water, a snack and appropriate clothing.

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Lieu historique national de Coteau-du-Lac 4

308-A, Chemin du Fleuve Coteau-du-Lac Québec J0P 1B0

450-763-5631

The region’s one and only Parks Canada site, the Coteau-du-Lac National Historic Site, showcases Canada’s first lock canal and the remains of a War of 1812 fort. History goes even further back, as the location was heavily used for portages by First Nations’ peoples looking to avoid the rapids to the south. All in all, the site brings together over 7,000 years of history on the banks of Lac-Saint-François. It’s just the sort of place where children and people of all ages can get a real sense of Canadian history. Situated on the beautiful Soulanges canal, a treat for cyclists of all skill levels, the heritage park is also close to the charming old-fashioned village of Coteau-du-Lac. Every Saturday, the historical site hosts a thriving farmer’s market featuring local food and art, music, shows, and plenty of surprises. The Canada Day activities and fireworks are some of the best around, so be sure to check them out!

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L'Embouchure 5

20, Chemin du Fleuve Coteau-du-Lac Québec J0P 1B0

450-424-2262

At the west mouth of the Soulanges Canal, the lovely park is a place to rest, enjoy the scenery, walk along the water's edge and do some birdwatching. To complete your experience, a picnic and rest area invites you to take a break with friends and family. The park is close to many amenities, including the Soulanges Canal bike path, a public pool, and trails to the old locks and the Coteau-du-Lac lighthouse. Did you know the bridge is lit up at night? Public toilets are easily accessible at nearby park. Activities are planned for this summer, so check canaldesoulanges.ca for more details.

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