4. Lacnihe Canal locks in action!

Montreal is full of unique and interesting places. One of them is the Lachine Canal.

The Canal was build between 1821 and 1825. It was constructed to allow ships to bypass the rapids at Lachine and  sail further to Great Lakes. It turned Montreal into a major port city. It has several set of locks, one of them is located in the heart of the Montreal, in the Old Port.

It works!

Today on my way back home from work I decided to make a detour and walk in the Old Port. When I saw the locks, I was surprised, the water level in one of the basins was several meters higher then I have seen before. Then it happened. The locks on the other side of the basin started to move slowly! It works! I have seen these locks many times but I doubted whether they are still operational

The locks start to open
The locks start to open
Then boats start to move in
Then boats start to move in
Boats are getting moored, the gate closes
Boats are getting moored, the gate closes
The water is pumped out of the basin, the water level drops until it is equal to water level in the river
The water is pumped out of the basin
Water level is going down
Water level is going down
The water level drops until it is equal to water level in the river
The water level drops until it is equal to water level in the river
Then the gates slowly open
Then the gates slowly open
And the boats are going out
And the boats are going out
And they sail to the St. Lawrence River
And they sail to the St. Lawrence River
The whole process is controlled by this nice lady.
The whole process is controlled by this nice lady.

I always wanted to see how locks in the Panama Canal operate. Well, this is not Panama, but the idea is the same, but many times scaled. And I was glad to see that despite of the age, the locks are well maintained and still operate. I was lucky enough to see it and it was fun watching it, I guess more fun is only being on one of that boats in the canal. 😉

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