Important Notice

Tree cultivation and maintenance work

Tree cultivation and maintenance work on the south sector of Île Sainte-Hélène from February 13 to March 31, 2017.

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Closing of the Aquatic Complex

Due to construction work near the Aquatic Complex, it will be closed to public and athletes for the 2017 season. Swimmers will still be able to come enjoy the water at Parc Jean-Drapeau this summer at Jean-Doré Beach.

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Sports facilities in Montreal: Olympic basin at Parc Jean-Drapeau
The Olympic Basin of parc Jean-Drapeau, in Montreal, equipment and facilities for sports groups and athletes

Olympic Basin

Back in April 2017

A legacy from the 1976 Summer Olympics, the Basin hosts sports groups in rowing, canoe-kayak, dragon boats, and high-performance championships and competitions. The Olympic Basin extends over 2.2 kilometres in length; it is 110 metres wide and 2.5 metres deep. The Basin's unique installations and it's calm waters make it the pride of every rowing enthusiast.

The Basin's construction required the first major makeover of Île Notre-Dame. A part of the island was completely redeveloped so that buildings and related equipment and facilities could be built; these included athletes' quarters, administration pavilion, grandstands, hangars, starting tower, finish tower and control stations all along the Basin.

Technical specifications

Permanent equipment

  • Grandstands that can accommodate 10,000 people
  • Albano system (lanes with buoys)
  • 5 towers (start, finish and 3 intermediate)
  • Communication system
  • Sound system

Support facilities

  • Hangars
  • Offices
  • Locker rooms


April 30 to October 31, 2016

Every day6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • The Olympic Basin will be open on holidays except during the periods mentioned above.

2016 Rates

Permit per session$20.00
Permit per session - Dragon Boat Team$323.08
Replacement of access card$10.00

Training camps*

Group (up to 120 people)$2.25 / day

Notes :

  • Rates include taxes (except for training camps.)

  • Rates shown are per person (except for "Permit per session - Team".)

  • Rates are shown as a guide only and are subject to change without notice.

  • * Recommended for training camps of 7 days or less.

  • The rates shown above do not include parking rates. Parking rates are adjusted according to the major events that are held at Parc Jean-Drapeau. We strongly suggest you check the "Parking" page on the website prior to each of your visits to the Parc to find out the rates in effect and the affected parking areas.



Before visiting the Olympic Basin, please consult the regulations.

  • Anyone not complying with the regulations is subject to a warning. The Société du parc Jean-Drapeau reserves the right to eject anyone that does not obey the rules or warnings. The Société du parc Jean-Drapeau is not responsible for lost or stolen articles.


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Sports organizations can rent the Olympic Basin. For any additional information, please contact us!

<span>Athletes'</span> Quarters

Olympic Basin

The Athletes' Quarters, built for the 1976 Summer Olympics, allow the various elite rowing, canoe-kayak and dragon boat clubs to train during the whole year.

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Dragon boat

Olympic Basin

Beginners and more advanced can paddle as a team to practice dragon boat at the Olympic Basin. Team building programs are also available.

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Olympic Basin

Rowing is very important at the Olympic Basin at Parc Jean-Drapeau: initiation and development classes, team building program for business and competitions take place.

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