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Lachine Canal path won’t be cleared for cyclists this winter

Lachine Canal path won't be cleared for cyclists this winter

A "shovel" protest in 2016 sought to draw attention to the lack of snow-clearing on the Lachine Canal path. Article content The multi-use path along…

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A "shovel" protest in 2016 sought to draw attention to the lack of snow-clearing on the Lachine Canal path. Article content

The multi-use path along the Lachine Canal linking LaSalle to the Old Port will remain open this winter. Article content

This spells good news for many winter sports enthusiasts — but not for most bike commuters who rely on the path during the warm weather.

Parks Canada announced Tuesday it will groom the snow on roughly 13 kilometres of the path this winter, from Lock 5 near Museum Rd. in LaSalle to the Old Port, meaning it will be compacted for use by snowshoers, fat bike riders, skate skiers, joggers and walkers. Washrooms will remain open.

However, because the snow won’t be cleared, the path will not be suitable for most road bikes, said John Festarini, the director of Quebec waterways at Parks Canada.

There also won’t be cross country ski tracks.

“A fat bike would probably be ideal; a road bike would need some sort of preparation to access the groomed trails” — for example, fitting studded tires, Festarini said. Article content The decision to groom but not remove the snow was made after a pilot project last year when part of the path was cleared and another was groomed. Festarini said improper drainage would cause the path to ice over where snow was cleared. Crews didn’t want to use too much salt because of the environmental effects. As well, snow-clearing equipment caused some damage to the path.“We decided to undertake […]

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