March 24, 2021: The Lachine Canal was the center of industrial development in the City of Montreal. John Redpath built a seven story building for his sugar refinery business in 1854. John Redpath had been one of the major contractors to build the Rideau Canal from Ottawa to Kingston between 1826 and 1832.
The Redpath Sugar Refinery in MontrealPicture Source: A Short History of Quebec, by John Dickinson and Brian Young, McGill - Queen's University Press, ISBN 0-7735-2450-9, 2003, page 125.
April 23, 2021:
The Lachine Canal, 1830 to 1880Picture Source: A Short History of Quebec, by John Dickinson and Brian Young, McGill - Queen's University Press, ISBN 0-7735-2450-9, 2003, page 107.
March 18, 2021: Picture Source: print number 95 from Selections from Picturesque Canada: An Affectionate Look Back, Pandora Publishing Company, Victoria B.C., 1975, no ISBN.
A Steamboat Runs the Lachine Rapids
March 16, 2021: Picture Source: print number 94 from Selections from Picturesque Canada: An Affectionate Look Back, Pandora Publishing Company, Victoria B.C., 1975, no ISBN.
The Lachine Canal Receives Electric Lights
Text Source: Easterbrook and Aiken, Canadian Economic History, page 263.
March 2, 2021: Picture Source: From page 142 of Bartlett's Canada - A pre-Confederation journey, Introduction by Henry C. Campbell, Chief Librarian, Toronto Public Library, McLelland and Stewart, 1968, no ISBN.
The Lachine Canal and Locks Keywords: Lake St. Louis
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.
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
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.
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.
February 28, 2021: National Web Site of the Lachine Canal.