June 22, 2019 Saturday Riviere Richelieu – Canal de Chambly Lock 9, Saint-Jean-Sur-Richelieu QC to Riviere Richelieu – Canal de Saint Ours Lock Île Darvard, QC 38.1 nautical miles
Elevation: 30 ft
Along the Way
It’s a windy cold day. June 22, one would think it would be summer even in Canada.
We are off down, but headed due north, the Riviere Richelieu. The first section is the Canal de Chambly. The Riviere Richelieu has a lot of rapids and steep declines. The Canal de Chambly smooths it all out. We are following the French Canadian we met last night on boat Max IV. They ran point on the bridges and locks.
I wasn’t going to do this. I wasn’t going to do this. I wasn’t going to do this. I am posting pictures of ALL the locks we went through today. All 9 of them!
Lock 8. Locks 1-8 are all pretty much set- up the same way. The locking staff hand cranks the lock doors open and shut. They also hand crank the water intake/outtake doors open and shut. The lock walls are only 3 feet when you enter and typically drop 7-12 feet. Fenders need to be placed in an ‘M’ format (waterline, gunnel, waterline, gunnel, waterline) on your boat to not scrub the wall with your boat.
Lock 7. The locks were a tight squeeze getting both boats in.
Back on the river. There was a lot of boat traffic being a Canadian holiday weekend and all. We found the boaters much more courteous than the south Florida boaters!!!
We had to laugh. Most of the boaters were wearing swimsuits. Hearty Canadians. Mary and Dale, we were wearing jackets.
Whew. No more locks until we leave Montreal.
The Canal de Chambly is a National Historic Site of Canada in the Province of Quebec, running along the Richelieu River past Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Carignan, and Chambly. Building commenced in 1831 and the canal opened in 1843. It served as a major commercial route during a time of heightened trade between the United States and Canada. Trade dwindled after World War I, and as of the 1970s, traffic has been replaced by recreational vessels.
The Canal has 10 bridges—8 of which are hand operated—and nine hydraulic locks.
Canal Length: 7.5 mi
Dimensions of smallest lock: 110 ft × 21 ft Yes Dear has a 14.2 beam plus width of fenders
Passage time: 3 to 5 hours