Important Notice

Cosmos Bridge closed August 27, 2016

Due to the Big Bubble Tour event, the Cosmos Bridge will be closed to vehicles on Saturday, August 27 from 7 a.m. until noon. Detour via the Concorde Bridge and caution on the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve.

Mechanical hunters at Olympic Basin

In order to deter seagulls from the Olympic Basin to ensure a better water quality, mechanical hunters have been strategically located around the Basin. Since this equipment makes a loud sound it could cause a surprise effect when in function, but it is harmless. Thank you for your comprehension.

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Parc Jean-Drapeau
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

April 30 to October 31, 2016

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

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April 30 to October 31, 2016

Every day6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • The Olympic Basin will be closed from May 30 to June 13, 2016 inclusively due to the Grand Prix du Canada and from December 18, 2016 to January 1, 2016 due to Holiday Season.

  • Includes other holidays during the periods mentioned above.

2016 Rates

Permit + Access card per session$25.50
Permit per session$20.00
Permit per session - 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.

Theme days

Olympic Initiation Olympic Initiation

Olympic Initiation
August 14, 2016

To mark the 40th anniversary of the staging of the Summer Olympics in Montréal and the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, a wide range of entertainment and introduction to Olympic events will be organized.

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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.


Further information

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

Athletes' Quarters

Athletes' Quarters

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

Dragon boat

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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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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