Richelieu Valley will be perfect getaway for everyone this summer

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Scenic views, historic forts, green pastures, magnificent waterways offer exciting adventures

The historic sites and canals of the Richelieu Valley are being opened to visitors for the summer season, Parks Canada announced in Chambly, Quebec., on Friday.

Visitors can immerse themselves into over 350 years of history by visiting the majestic forts and travelling the waterways that helped shape Canada and the United States. With bilingual services and quality facilities, and the very favourable US currency exchange rate, Parks Canada’s places are the ideal destination for your 2016 summer vacation, located less than an hour’s drive from Plattsburgh.

Celebrate Over 350 Years of History

The Richelieu Valley, whilst being rich in history, brings you scenic views that lead to military forts, green pastures to picnic on, and picturesque villages. Among the many captivating sites, Fort Chambly National Historic Site will make you relive the daily life of soldiers from the New France era, while Fort Lennox National Historic Site will plunge you into the battles between the British and American armies, which helped shape these countries. And, celebrating its 350th anniversary this year, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu is offering a very special events program that children and adults alike will enjoy.

2 for 1 Offer for Boaters in the Historic Canals

Having played a fundamental role in the development of trade between Canada and the United States, the Chambly and Saint-Ours historic canals provide unparalleled access to the summer’s major attractions, whether by boat, by bicycle, or on foot. With an easy telephone reporting system at the border, boaters will embark on a fascinating journey on one of the most beautiful navigation networks in the world. And from May 20 to June 30, 2016, Parks Canada is offering a 2-for-1 discount on lockage fees. Download your coupon here. Once you reach the Saint-Ours Canal, be sure to experience a night on a splendid island in Parks Canada’s brand new  oTENTik  accommodations.

Just north of Lake Champlain, the Richelieu Valley has so much to offer that one visit will not be enough. Whether your passion is history and heritage, arts and culture, the great outdoors, or agricultural tourism and food, your stay at Parks Canada’s historic sites and canals will be an unforgettable one.

Luc-André Mercier Director, Quebec Waterways, Parks Canada, said“As Canada’s largest provider of natural and cultural tourism, Parks Canada’s destinations provide unique opportunities to connect with history and nature. The Government of Canada is proud to welcome Canadian and international visitors to experience and enjoy the very best of what Canada has to offer in one of the finest and most extensive systems of protected natural and cultural heritage areas in the world.”

Quick Facts

  • Fort Chambly and Fort Lennox are impressive structures that will take you through the history that helped shape Canada and the United States 300 years ago. The sites are open from May 23 to October 10, 2016.
  • From May 20 to June 30, 2016, take advantage of the 2-for-1 offer on lockage and travel one of the most beautiful navigation systems in the world.  Coupons are available.
  • The Richelieu Valley, both urban and rustic, is a treasure trove of must-see attractions and events that all visitors will enjoy, children and adults alike. – CNW
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