Important Notice

Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve : April 30 and May 1st

Please note that from Saturday, April 31 to Sunday May 1st, vehicle traffic on the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve will be difficult and intermittent due to the Défi sportif Altergo. Cyclists, pedestrians and other users of the bike link are invited to be careful and respectful of the event. Thank you for your comprehension.

Champlain Bridge Ice Control Structure

The bicycle and pedestrian path of the Champlain Ice Control Structure linking Parc Jean-Drapeau and Île-des-Sœurs is not accessible from Monday, July 6 until Spring 2016 due to major works by JCCBI. This does not affect the cycling link between the South Shore and Parc Jean-Drapeau.

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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

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 day 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Notes :

  • Includes holidays during the periods mentioned above.

2016 Rates

Permit + Access card per session $25.50
Permit per session $20
Permit per session - Team $323.08
Replacement of access card $10.50

Notes :

  • Rates include taxes.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Further information

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



Before visiting the Olympic Basin, please consult the regulations.

Notes :

  • 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.


Montréal Rowing Club(MRC)

Association québécoise de canoë-kayak de vitesse (AQCKV)

H2O Playground

McGill University Rowing Club

Association québécoise d'aviron (AQA)

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

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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