Montreal Aquatic Complex

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    Parc Jean-Drapeau's Aquatic Complex

    Montreal's Aquatic Complex at Parc Jean-Drapeau is often the first outdoor pool in the city to open and the last one to close up shop when the weather cools.
    Montreal's Aquatic Complex at Parc Jean-Drapeau is often the first outdoor pool in the city to open and the last one to close shop when the weather cools. Charles Laberge / Getty Images

    Courtesy of Montreal serving as host to the 1976 Summer Olympics, this Canadian city has some of best aquatic facilities in the country. It should thus come as no surprise that Montreal has produced some of the best divers in the world.

    But if we're talking best pools in the city, Montreal's Aquatic Complex is up there, if it's not the pick of the chlorinated litter in the first place. At least in the summer. Obviously the Aquatic Complex's outdoor pools have somewhat of a half-life every year given Montreal's climate, open from late May until the beginning of September, but the Complex, located in Parc Jean-Drapeau adjacent the Biosphere, makes up for the short season by kicking things off earlier than most outdoor city pools and concludes later as well.

    In 2018, the Montreal Aquatic Complex is open from May 19 to September 3, 2018.

    Montreal Aquatic Complex Pools: All Three of Them

    Three pools round out the complex: there's a diving pool, a competition pool perfect for training laps, and a gradual-slope recreational pool complete with deep end and a cushioned rubber mat to prevent injuries.

    Montreal Aquatic Complex Special Events

    The Complex regularly features special events like open house days with free admission, intros to water polo and inflatable game Saturdays for kids. Consult the Montreal Aquatic Complex website to see what special events are planned this season.

    Montreal Aquatic Complex: Admission

    Regular admission in 2018 is $7.50, ages 3 to 13 $3.50, free for ages 2 and under, $17 family rate (2 adults, 2 kids ages 3 to 13). Free Wednesdays for ages 13 and under with the purchase of one adult ticket (up to three children allowed per adult). Season passports $85, ages 3 to 13 pay $20. Note that parking is extra and can vary considerably in the summer, from $7 an hour to up to $27 for a full day (even if parking only for an hour) on dates where Parc Jean-Drapeau hosts special events like Osheaga, the Montreal International Fireworks Competition and Les Weekends du Monde.

    Montreal Aquatic Complex: Opening Hours

    Late May to mid June: Saturdays and Sundays only from noon to 8 p.m.
    Mid June to mid August: every day from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
    Mid August to Labour Day: every day from 10 p.m. to 8 p.m.

    Final Tips? Notes?

    Bring a lock. You'll need it to secure your valuables in an on-site locker. Note that life vests are available and there's a baby rest-stop on site. Also consider spending the day at Parc Jean-Drapeau. There are loads of activities and attractions at the park.

    Note that opening hour and admission rates are subject to change without notice.

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    Parc Jean-Drapeau's Aquatic Complex

    The Montreal Aquatic Complex is located at Parc Jean-Drapeau.
    Above: kids playing in the water jets at Parc Jean-Drapeau. Alexander Hassenstein / Bongarts / Getty Images

    The Aquatic Complex isn't the only water attraction at Parc Jean-Drapeau. In addition to water jets set up for kids to run through on hot days, the park also includes​ Jean-Doré Beach.