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Boat tours to be offered this summer on Montreal's historic Lachine Canal

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MONTREAL - Boat tours will be offered along a five-kilometre portion of Montreal's Lachine Canal this summer, with commentary provided on the history on the waterway.

The new tours are a good way to view of a part of the city that has become trendy, said Thomas Pich�, a visitor services manager for Parks Canada which manages the canal.

"You will see old industrial buildings transformed into very high-end condos, and new construction as well," he said.

The canal, a national historic site, played a key role in the industrialization of Montreal. It was completed in 1825 and twice enlarged, later in the 19th century, to accommodate an increase in shipping.

The tours — offered Friday, Saturday and Sunday, from June 27 to Aug. 31 — will pass through three locks en route from the Old Port to Atwater Market.

Visitors can ride the boat back after a stop for lunch, walk back (which takes about 40 minutes) or take a Bixi bike on the multi-purpose paved trail that runs along the canal.

Kayaks and other watercraft can be rented at H2O Adventures across from the market.

Scheduled departure times for the boat are 11:30 a.m. from the Old Port and 2 p.m. from Atwater Market.

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