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Two‑way traffic on the Circuit Gilles‑Villeneuve Two‑way traffic on the Circuit Gilles‑Villeneuve
 

Two‑way traffic on the Circuit Gilles‑Villeneuve

December 1st, 2017 to April 14, 2018

As of December 1st, the portion between the hairpin (northern part of the circuit) and the PAvillon du Canada will become two‑way for motorists. The bike path of the circuit will not be maintained. Please use caution and share the road.

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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