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Slow Traffic on Chemin Macdonald this week

October 15-26, 2018

Due to work on Chemin Macdonald, traffic is expected to be slow between 7 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., on October 15‑26, 2018. A section of the road will be reduced to one lane on which vehicles will be able to circulate alternately.

Detour of the Route Verte on the Circuit Gilles‑Villeneuve

October 2 to November 15, 2018

Due to construction work in the Floralies Gardens, a portion of the bike path (Route Verte) is closed to cyclists. A detour on the circuit Gilles‑Villeneuve is effective.

Slow Traffic on Circuit Gilles‑Villeneuve

September 25 to November 23, 2018

Due to construction work, the width of Circuit Gilles‑Villeneuve will be reduced to one lane along the paddocks. Motorists and cyclists will have to share the road on this segment until November 23.

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.

Parc Jean-Drapeau
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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