Important Notice

Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve

Please note that on Saturday, October 1, 2016, due to The Color Run by Night event, the access to circuit Gilles-Villeneuve will be forbidden to vehicles and cyclists from 5 p.m. to Midnight.

Occasional slowdowns on the Seaway dike bicycle path

This fall, cyclists can expect occasional slowdowns close to the new Champlain Bridge project when using the Seaway dike bicycle path.

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Parc Jean-Drapeau
A beach in Montréal
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.

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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