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Return to normal on the Jacques Cartier Bridge Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve bike path is open South Shore Bike link is open The Route Verte is accessible in the Champlain Bridge area Cycling access ramp of the Concorde Bridge: detour to be expected Return to normal on the Jacques Cartier Bridge
 

Return to normal on the Jacques Cartier Bridge

April 19-30, 2019

The access ramp to Parc Jean-Drapeau, coming from Montreal on the Jacques Cartier Bridge, will be reopened to traffic starting at 5 a.m. on Friday, April 19, 2019.

Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve bike path is open

April 15-20, 2019

The Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve bike path is now marked out and open for cycling enthusiasts. Due to many construction zones, users will have to exercise caution. For a more pleasant and safer training session, we recommend using the facilities of the circuit after 5 p.m. on week days.

South Shore Bike link is open

April 6 to May 20, 2019

The South Shore Bike Link, a portion of the Route Verte between the locks of Saint-Lambert and Parc Jean-Drapeau, is open to cyclists.

The Route Verte is accessible in the Champlain Bridge area

April 12 to November 17, 2019

Cyclists can now take the Champlain Ice Control Structure and the seaway dike bike path towards the city of Sainte-Catherine or Parc Jean-Drapeau.

Cycling access ramp of the Concorde Bridge: detour to be expected

April 3 to May 16, 2019

The cycling access ramp, which serves as a cycling path between Île-Sainte-Hélène and the Concorde Bridge, will remain closed until the end of construction work on Espace 67. Cyclists can get to Île-Sainte-Hélène, from the Concorde Bridge, by taking the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve and then the Cosmos Bridge.

Plan your trip and avoid unpleasant surprises by consulting often the important notices or the schedule of activities and events that are of interest to you.

A beach in Montréal

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.

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!

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.

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Jean-Doré Beach A bit of history
Purchase the novel memory album that traces the evolution of Parc Jean-Drapeau.

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