The Lachine Canal
Montreal Island and St. Lawrence River, Quebec

Painting by Ruth McMillan in 1976
Shows the Head of the Rideau Canal Locks in Ottawa, Canada in 1893

December 18, 2020:

Another picture from page 103 in Steamboat Connections, Montreal to Upper Canada, by Frank Mackey, 2000,
McGill-Queen's University Press, ISBN 0-7735-2055-4
Keywords: James Duncan, Album Jacques Viger

Going from Montreal to Bytown? Catch the stage coach to Lachine first.
Montreal to Lachine Stage Coach, 1839 painting

December 16, 2020: This picture is from page 86 in Steamboat Connections, Montreal to Upper Canada, by Frank Mackey, 2000, McGill-Queen's University Press, ISBN 0-7735-2055-4
Lachine Village and Caugnawaga, c. 1826

October 16, 2020: I am now partly retired and have just created this page to hold some pictures of the Lachine Canal. There was a recession in England and many of the canal workers around Montreal were put out of work. Many of them migrated to Bytown (now Ottawa) to work at building the Rideau Canal. The Lachine Canal was built by 1825. The Rideau Canal, Ottawa to Kingston, was built 1826 to 1832 and I believe that many of the workers on the Lachine Canal migrated to the Rideau Canal works in 1827. For example, my Great Great Grandfather, Lawrence Burns, and his brother Terrence, came to Hull to work on building one of the bridges at Chaudiere Falls in 1827. This bridge was built by labourers working for Philemon Wright. By co-incidence, in 1828, the large dam at Hog's Back also collapsed and most of the labourers who had been working for Philemon Wright at Hull came to Hog's Back and joined the large squatter community there to build (successfully) the dam and locks at Hog's Back. My plan is to document this migration when I have time. I think that my GGGrandfather and his brother were involved in this interprovincial migration.
Here is a picture of a steamer negotiating the Lachine Rapids. It is from the book Death or Canada - The Irish Famine Migration to Toronto, 1847, by Mark G. McGowan, Novalis Publishing Inc., 2009, ISBN 978-2-89646-129-5, page 41.
Steamer in the Lachine Rapids
The following picture is by John Crawford Young who was travelling with Lord Dalhousie up the Ottawa River. Two of the canoes in the picture have covered tops on them so that Dalhousie and his sponsored painters could travel in some comfort.
This painting was done after 1821 by John Crawford Young and it was done on a voyage through Upper Canada with Lord Dalhousie. It was done on a trip by Lord Dalhousie, who was on a voyage through Upper Canada. This painting is from page 95 of the book Lord Dalhousie, Patron and Collector, National Gallery of Canada, 2009, ISBN 978-0-8884-845-1. Painting by Young at Lachine Canal, c. 1825, Dalhousie Trip
New January 26, 2022:
Here is a map showing the origin of the Lachine Canal in Montreal. This map is from page 62 in the book Steamboat Connections - Montreal to Upper Canada, 1816-1843 by Frank Mackey, 2000, ISBN 0-7735-2055-4.

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