Sometimes living in Montreal we have wonderful places right under our noses that we don't even notice or take advantage of. The recently revamped Lachine Canal area is a shining example of that.
Historically this area was an industrial one with the banks of the canal lined with factories. Now the area has become a place where individuals and families can take advantage of some nice green space, a bike path and activities on the water as the canal is now open to boats.
At Pik Nik Festif there will be all kinds of activities aimed at families. In the Kids Corner there will be inflatable games, an inflatable Sumo game, juggling and circus arts taught by the people from the Ecole de cirque de Verdun, face painting, balloon sculptures done by a clown, an obstacle course, a magician, children's stories, and discovery games. For kids and older there are guided walking tours of the canal area, guided bike tours, exhibitions by artisans, Tam Tam Jams, cruises on the canal, photography sessions, bike rentals, chess, workshops led by Eco-Quartier, rentals of pedalos, kayaks or electric boats, bike engraving, and some of the Montreal Cavalry Service. As for lunch, you can bring a picnic lunch to eat on the banks of the canal or buy cotton candy, popcorn, eat at the Magnan's BBQ, or have a cold one at the St. Ambroise bar.
The entry to the site is free as well as most of the activities, though some do require reservations. Pik Nik Festif will happen rain or shine, but if there is rain some activities will be canceled.
-Location: Lachine Canal – at the corner of Charlevois and St. Patrick (in front of Magnan's Restaurant)
-Time: 11:00 – 4:00