Are you looking for things to do in Montreal? Our Lachine scavenger hunt is a 2-hour self-guided walking tour of the entrance to the Lachine Canal. Indeed, it is an opportunity to learn about its history and discover its other attractions. Solve challenges at each step to learn your next destination.
Walk from City Hall to the Lachine Canal through parks, historic sites, and the beautiful Collège Saint-Anne. Have fun taking on our challenges.
- Saints-Anges Parish
- Père Marquette Promenade
- City Hall
- Saint-Louis Lake
- Lachine Canal
- Lachine Museum
- Saint-Anne College
- and more
We tested this scavenger hunt in the summer of 2020.
- Starting Point: in front of the Lachine City Hall, at 1800 Boulevard Saint-Joseph, Lachine, QC H8S 2N4.
- Distance: 2.6 km / 1.6 mi
- Duration: 2 hours
- Methode: on foot
- A fully charged smartphone with internet access (4G or LTE, Wifi is not enough).
- Water Bottle
- Local map
A first seigneury was granted here to René Robert Cavelier de La Salle in 1667 and Fort Rolland was established shortly after in 1669.
The name Lachine comes from the unsuccessful expedition by Cavelier de La Salle seeking passage to China (Chine in French). Upon his return, the Montrealers nicknamed him LaChine (instead of LaSalle) to mock his failure.
The 3rd parish on the island of Montreal was established here: Saints-Anges-Gardiens (Saint Guardian Angels).
The Lachine massacre occurred in August 1689 when the Iroquois killed many residents and captured several in a night raid. 80 soldiers arrive the next day but are in turn killed or taken prisoner. A total of 140 residents lost their lives during this episode.
The Lachine Canal opened in 1825 connecting ocean ships to the great lakes. Its corridor became an important industrial area. Beyond this area near the canal, Lachine remained mainly agricultural until the Second World War.