MONTREAL, June 2, 2016 /CNW/ - To launch the new season, Parks Canada is unveiling unpublished video clips in which public figures recount their memories of the Lachine Canal. To begin, immerse yourself in the childhood of Montreal Canadiens General Manager Marc Bergevin to discover the origins of his attachment to this emblematic Montreal location. And this summer, take advantage of the activities and events that are offered there to add your story to those of the Lachine Canal and live unforgettable moments at the site!
Marc Bergevin recounts the Lachine Canal
Parks Canada has invited a number of individuals to share their memories of the Lachine Canal National Historic Site while seated in a red Adirondack chair. In the video capsule launched today, the General Manager of the Montreal Canadiens recalls the history of his family in the Lachine Canal neighbourhood and the reasons that led him to return after an absence of 30 years. Other capsules will be released this summer to reveal the memories of public figures at this Montreal landmark.
Since 2015, the Parks Canada red chairs have allowed visitors to the Lachine Canal to enjoy breathtaking views of Montreal and the structural elements that comprise its rich heritage. Take the opportunity to share your moment of relaxation with the hashtag #TimeToConnect!
THE summer destination in the heart of Montreal
This summer promises to be an exciting one at the Lachine Canal with surprising events and outdoor activities offered every day. Among the programmed events is the absolute must Learn to Camp which will be held on 18th and 19th of June at Parks Canada's Esplanade du Centenaire, at the same time as the very popular Montréal Folk Fest on the Canal. Take a ride in an electric boat on the waters of the canal with Le Petit Navire, bike on one of the most beautiful urban paths in the world using the bike rental services of Ma Bicyclette and see Montréal in a different way aboard one of the vessels of H2O Adventures. Take advantage of your crossing to stock up on fresh produce at Atwater Market and picnic on the banks. New this year: meet at the Canal Lounge floating café to quench your thirst in a unique setting.
"With the [Lachine] Canal being all [re]done, with the biking, the jogging, I think it is a nice place to live. You get the Atwater Market, which is right here. I just love being here; I feel like it's home!"
< Marc Bergevin >
< Vice President and General Manager of the Montreal Canadiens >
"To mark the new season at the Lachine Canal National Historic Site, Parks Canada is excited to present these video clips that highlight this treasure of our cultural heritage. This is an original way to invite the population to the Lachine Canal this summer to take part in activities in the open air while getting close to nature and learning more about our rich history."
< Luc-André Mercier >
< Director, Quebec Waterways, Parks Canada >
The facts in brief
- The General Manager of the Montreal Canadiens, Marc Bergevin, recounts his childhood memories of the Lachine Canal in an unprecedented video capsule.
- With surprising events and outdoor activities offered daily in an exceptional setting, the Lachine Canal is THE summer destination in the heart of Montreal.
- Enjoy the Lachine Canal's red chairs to see Montreal in a different way and add your story to those of the Lachine Canal by sharing your photo with the hashtag #TimeToConnect.
Photos and Video
Video: Back to his roots - Marc Bergevin recounts his memories of the Lachine Canal
Photo 1: Marc Bergevin recounts his memories of the Lachine Canal_©Parks Canada
Photo 2: The Petit Navire at the Lachine Canal National Historic Site_©Parks Canada
Photo 3: The Lachine Canal National Historic Site path_©Parks Canada
Photo 4: Learn to camp activity at the Lachine Canal National Historic Site_©Parks Canada
SOURCE Parks Canada
Video with caption: "Montréal Canadiens general manager recounts his memories of the Lachine Canal in one of Parks Canada’s red chairs. Like him, share your moment at the Lachine Canal with the #TimeToConnect.". Video available at: http://stream1.newswire.ca/cgi-bin/playback.cgi?file=20160602_C7390_VIDEO_EN_704316.mp4&posterurl=http%3a%2f%2fphotos.newswire.ca%2fimages%2f20160602_C7390_PHOTO_EN_704316.jpg&order=1&jdd=20160602&cnum=C7390
Image with caption: "Montréal Canadiens general manager recounts his memories of the Lachine Canal in one of Parks Canada’s red chairs. Like him, share your moment at the Lachine Canal with the #TimeToConnect. (CNW Group/Parks Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20160602_C7390_PHOTO_EN_704297.jpg
Image with caption: "The Petit Navire, an electric powered boat, takes you on a cruise to explore the Lachine Canal through the history of Montreal. (CNW Group/Parks Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20160602_C7390_PHOTO_EN_704292.jpg
Image with caption: "Experience Quebec’s best bike route according to Ulysses Guides as it provides an amazing 15 km route away from car traffic with surprising views of downtown Montreal. (CNW Group/Parks Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20160602_C7390_PHOTO_EN_704289.jpg
Image with caption: "The Lachine Canal offers exciting events all summer long. Visit parkscanada.gc.ca/lachinecanal to make to most of your summer! (CNW Group/Parks Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20160602_C7390_PHOTO_EN_704285.jpg
For further information: Simon Boiteau, Partnering and communications, Parks Canada Agency, 514-452-9416, [email protected]