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South Shore Bike Link
April 7 to November 15, 2017
With a few exceptions, the South Shore cycling link will be accessible throughout the summer season.
Closure of the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve
May 8 to September 4, 2017
The Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve will be inaccessible to cyclists, pedestrians and inline skates enthusiasts from May 8 to September 4, 2017. Exceptionally and when the mounting and demounting of major events allows it, the SPJD will set up a training circuit for cyclists.
MacDonald Road and Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve will be closed to car traffic
April 22-23, 2017
MacDonald Road and Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve will be closed to car traffic on Saturday, April 22 and Sunday, April 23, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., for the Banque Scotia 21k de Montréal. A special entry way accessible by Concorde Bridge will maintain access to the Pavillon du Canada and Pavillon de la Jamaïque. Jacques-Cartier Bridge will be the only option to get to St. Helens' Island by car during this time.
Closing of the Aquatic Complex
January 1st to December 31, 2017
Due to construction work near the Aquatic Complex, it will be closed to public and athletes for the 2017 season. Swimmers will still be able to come enjoy the water at Parc Jean-Drapeau this summer at Jean-Doré Beach.
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Parc Jean-Drapeau
A beach <span>in Montréal</span>
A beach <span>in Montréal</span>
 

A beach in Montréal

From September of 1989 to June, 1990, the City of Montréal and Mayor Jean Doré, in collaboration with a team from the Botanical Gardens, made Parc Jean-Drapeau's Beach a reality: a swimming place in an urban setting that, 60 years earlier, was the brainchild of landscape architect Frederick Todd.

By the numbers:

  • A lake with a surface area of 122,000 square metres (the swimming area takes up 15,000 square metres of this space)
  • A beach that is 600 metres long and 25 metres wide
  • Approximately 30,000 tons of sand
  • More than 500 trees
  • More than 2,500 shrubs

Natural filtration

The water, drawn from the Saint Lawrence River, is filtered by 120,000 water plants (bullrushes, reeds, multi-coloured irises, watercress, pectinated pondweed, etc.) situated in the marshes and spread out into a set of three ponds. With different water levels, the ponds ensure the water trickles slowly over the course of more than 2 days. There are also sand filters and an ultraviolet treatment that complete the filtration process, thereby providing quality water.

Natural filtration system, Jean-Doré Beach

A lake, marshes... what an ecosystem!

In addition to welcoming swimmers from all walks of life, this area of île Notre-Dame is an ecosystem that accommodates a broad biodiversity. Along with numerous plant species, there's an impressive array of ducks, birds, groundhogs and even foxes!

Ecosystem of île Notre-Dame

25th anniversary

To mark its 25th anniversary in 2015, Parc Jean-Drapeau's Beach has been renamed in honour of the mayor at the time, the man who initiated and managed the project: Jean-Doré Beach.

25th anniversary of parc Jean-Drapeau's Beach


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