June 23, 2016
A unique site in Canada
One year after being named the Board Chair of Parc Jean‑Drapeau, I continue to be amazed about the quality and variety of activities at the Parc, especially during the summer season. From May to October, the Parc abounds with a series of events, ranging from sports and cultural to musical and charitable, and much more. Rarely has anyone seen a site that combines nature and glamour, culture and sports, contemplation and performance, in a magical setting just steps from downtown Montréal. Easily accessible by subway, car, bike, river shuttle or on foot, the site is an endless source of entertainment, with the introduction of new programs every year while preserving its symbolic character, the legacy of Expo 67.
There are many signs that herald the arrival of spring at Parc Jean‑Drapeau. The blooming of the absolutely magnificent flower gardens that awe us by their vivid colours and captivating fragrances. The arrival of hundreds of athletes who train every day on Circuit Gilles‑Villeneuve, in the Aquatic Centre pool, or at the Olympic Basin. The first get‑together for the Piknic Électroniks which, every weekend, attracts thousands of spectators seeking a one‑of‑a‑kind musical and sensory experience. The frenzy of F1 racing, which starts to set in the moment we see the teams' set‑up crews bustling around the track, weeks ahead of time, getting ready for what is one of Canada's highest profile events. And, we know that summer has arrived when we hear the fireworks spectacularly bursting over La Ronde, when we smell the aroma of food on the grill and the exotic dishes served up at Week‑ends du Monde, and when we see families coming to the Beach for a refreshing dip!
A fun‑splashed summer at Parc Jean‑Drapeau
Parc Jean‑Drapeauis synonymous with a marvellous cultural effervescence, but it is also a place where families and friends can gather and participate in the wealth of activities available on a daily basis. Today, we are officially launching the 2016 summer season, which has been specifically developed for families seeking enjoyable outdoor activities that are easy to get to and very affordable. The summer program has been well thought out, so that little ones experience some memorable moments during the four family‑activity days, where fun and surprises will be much in evidence.
People of all ages will be able to come and celebrate the arrival of summer at the Beach, dive into the magic of Swimmer's Christmas, immerse themselves in the fascinating world of the Pirates and discover the secrets of some of the Olympic disciplines at the Aquatic Complex and Olympic Basin. The Parc's team has prepared some truly unique family days, which will allow you to spend some magical moments as a family. To learn more about the array of activities and entertainment being offered as part of these special days that are really going to enthrall everyone, I invite you to visit our website at parcjeandrapeau.com.
Week‑ends du Monde
Being the cosmopolitan city that it is, Montréal is the perfect place to stage an event such as Week‑ends du monde, which is an outstanding showcase to share and celebrate the various cultures and their traditions. The event, which will be held on the weekends of July 9‑10 and 16‑17, 2016 takes us around the world through the discovery of food, dance, music and art of the various participating communities. From Asia to Africa, Europe to South America, all of the continents will be represented by some 20 cultural communities, which will allow Montrealers to discover their wonderful traditions.
Events and entertainment
Again this summer, we will be hosting high‑profile musical events such as the Osheaga Festival, ÎleSoniq and Heavy Montréal, to the delight of outdoor concert‑goers. In addition to these events, there are so many other entertaining things to do at Parc Jean‑Drapeau, with an impressive variety of shows at the Casino de Montréal, new rides at La Ronde and unique exhibitions at the Stewart Museum and the Biosphere, Environment Museum.
The summer that is just getting underway at the Parc has plenty of surprises in store, notably through its extensive and diverse program. I invite you to come to the Parc and discover or rediscover it, either alone or with family or friends, spend some time having a picnic, a bike ride, attend a show or go for a swim at the Beach.
I look forward to seeing you!