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Montreal - Lachine Canal

From You5427.91 Mi
Local TipsNot exactly scenic in some places, industrial buildings here and there. Some new residences going up. Even in rough weather, you'll see cyclists commuting.
Created (yyyy-mm-dd)2013-11-27
Created Bydhegley
  • Paved
  • Running
  • Hiking
  • Walking
  • Road Cycling
  • Flat
  • Out And Back
  • Good For Workouts
  • Baby-Jogger Friendly
Street Crossings
  • None
Max Distance0-3
Volume of Use
  • Steady
DescriptionWhen in Montreal, there are two main spots to run: the Lachine Canal or Mont Royal. Both offer traffic-free running, with the former being flat and the latter definitely not. The Lachine Canal can be accessed from downtown Montreal by heading southeast. When you hit water, you've found it! Head south/southwest (turn right), because the opposite direction will result in a cul-de-sac (although that's fine for a shorter run of 2-3 miles). As you run south, you'll have foot paths and/or bike paths to follow, most of which will allow you to duck under bridges, thus avoiding traffic crossings. You do need to cross back and forth over the canal a couple of times, but it's fairly well-marked. If you run along the "wrong" side you will inevitably hit a fence soon and know to turn around. Seems fairly safe, although I've only run there during early morning and daylight hours. I managed to run an out-and-back of about 10 miles, but it looks like you could go even further (although a quick search online shows a maximum of about 12 miles round trip, so perhaps not where you will do your long runs).

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