Day 036 – Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue Canal

_Captain’s Log, StarDate 2007.08.11-21.31_

Founded in 1703, Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue is the oldest community in Montreal’s West Island, and still looks very much like the small fishing village that it once was. The canal there links lake St-Louis and lake des Deux-Montagnes, at the mouth of the Ottawa river. Artificially created in 1843, it was an important link in the inland shipping route for the northern fur traders, and later on for transporting timber, and even later for various other commerical cargo like iron. The lock there is used these days mostly for pleasure boating, mostly by the affluent with their private yatchs, motorboats and jetboats.

Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue There is a wooden plank broadwalk along the canal with pubs and restaurants lining the other side. It has a very European, old-worldly feel to it. The buildings certainly look like they belong to the Victorian era (which, as a matter of fact, they do).

Despite the (relatively) large number of people there, it was surprisingly quiet and relaxing. After a beer, a Diaquiri (in case you’re wondering, Diaquiris here do taste much better) and lunch at Annie’s, we crossed over the lock to an artificial island where I proceeded to spend the afternoon lying under the shade of trees. Ah, bliss!

There were a lot of yatchs and boats around, and boy are they well equipped! GPS, dining tables, rooms, music systems, you name it… and ofcourse, lots and lots of wine and beer!

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