Parc Jean-Drapeau: A Montreal Parks Profile
Parc Jean-Drapeau is, hands down, Montreal's most versatile park, green space with enough attractions on its two handcrafted islands to occupy visitors for days. Larger than Mount Royal Park, Parc Jean-Drapeau is a total of 286 hectares (707 acres) in size, the sum of two islands: the man-made Île Notre-Dame, an island built from dirt unearthed from the construction of Montreal's subway system large enough to cover 64 city blocks, and the pre-existing Île Sainte-Hélène, a natural island expanded around the same time Île Notre-Dame was created.
Both islands served as the Expo '67 site.
Parc Jean-Drapeau Activities
- swimming at the beach
- swimming at the aquatic centre
- ice skating
- snow tubing
- canoeing ($10/hour)
- kayaking (kayak single $15/hour, kayak double $20/hour)
- pédalo (pédalo single $15/hour, pédalo double $20/hour)
- dragon boating
- visiting the Biosphere
- casino gambling
- roller coasters
- Formula 1 racing
- exploring Gilles-Villeneuve Circuit
- outdoor ballroom dancing
- garden touring
- Piknic Electronik
- festivals including Osheaga, ÎleSoniq and La Fête des Neiges
Location: several addresses are linked to Parc Jean-Drapeau. Consult this map for details.
Get There: Jean-Drapeau Metro
Parking: parking rates vary and are hiked up considerably during events like the Canadian Grand Prix, Osheaga, the Montreal International Fireworks Competition, and IleSoniq.
Monthly ($95) and annual ($360) parking rates available for sections P2, P4 and P7. La Ronde parking is $22 ($26 during the Montreal International Fireworks Competition).
Vending machines: yes, usually near the bathrooms
More INFO: (514) 872-6120
Parc Jean-Drapeau Website