Historic Horsepower on the Chambly Canal

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Horse tow on the Chambly Canal (photo courtesy of the McCord Museum)

Horse tow on the Chambly Canal (photo courtesy of the McCord Museum)

The Chambly Canal, like most 19th century canals, were designed with a “towpath”, a trail that paralleled the canal and permitted horse and mule teams to slowly pull canal boats to the other end of the canal. The Chambly Canal was considered by many canal boatmen to have one of the best towpaths on the integrated waterway system and on June 28th, 2012, with the support of Parcs Canada, we prepared to demonstrate how it was done.

Art Cohn
Captain, C.L. Churchill