Important Notice

Gilles-Villeneuve Circuit closed as of May 30

Because of the set up for the GPF1 and for safety reasons, from Monday, May 30 until June 4, the Gilles-Villeneuve Circuit will be closed. Only the section leading to Ile Sainte-Hélène will be open for cyclists to transit.

Île Notre-Dame closed - GPF1

Because of the Grand Prix du Canada, île Notre-Dame is closed to the public from Saturday, June 4th to Friday, June 17th, inclusively. Consequently, the South Shore bike link, the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve, the Olympic Basin and the Athletes' Quarter is not accessible during that time. Thank you for your understanding.

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

Public Art

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A collection of 15 City of Montreal art works, done mostly for Expo 67, on display for free along the trails and gardens of Parc Jean-Drapeau.

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Signe solaire

Created in 1967 and restored in 2004, this work by Jean leFébure was first loaned to Man and His World in 1968 and was then purchased by the City of Montreal in 1970. This sculpture, made from new material, whose creation stems from technological development, is composed of fiberglass, epoxy resin and bronze filings.

The sculpture is erected on Île Sainte-Hélène on MacDonald Road, at the intersection of the Cosmos overpass.


This cast-iron sculpture was created by Robert Roussil for Expo 67. It was restored and reinstalled by the City of Montreal in 2004.

Sculpture erected across from the Aquatic Complex on Île Sainte-Hélène.

Obélisque oblique

A work by sculptor Henri-Georges Adam, created in 1962, the Obélisque oblique was a gift from France during Expo 67. The sculpture's sharp forms point in different directions. Like directional arrows at the crossroads of many routes, they attest to the destiny of modern man, being solicited from all sides.

Sculpture erected across from the main entrance of the Casino de Montréal.

La Porte de l'amitié ou La Puerta de la amistad

Work by Sebastián in 1993. This sculpture was a gift from Mexico for the 350th anniversary of Montreal's founding. Sebastián, one of Mexico's most prolific sculptors, created this "friendship gate" to represent exchange, passage, and opening.

Sculpture erected on the Parterre of Île Sainte-Hélène.


Designed by Pierre Heyvaert during Expo 67, the artist was commissioned to create this sculpture to represent the three main themes of the Quebec Pavilion: challenge, combat, and momentum. The shapes and volumes are multiplied by the effects of the reflections in the water, giving the illusion of movement.

Located in the water near the Casino de Montréal (formerly the Quebec Pavilion during Expo 67), on Île Notre-Dame.

Fontaine Wallace

Created in 1872, based on a model by the French sculptor Charles-Auguste Lebourg. This neo-Renaissance style reproduction is a gift from the City of Paris. The sculpture is characterized above all by its abundance of motifs, which excludes any depiction of emptiness.

Located on Île Notre-Dame in the Floralies Gardens.


Sculpture by Robert Roussil, created in 1967. Eleven-meter-high black painted steel framework with bar-shaped elements, recalling a group of giraffes.

Located on MacDonald Road, Île Sainte-Hélène.

Roche pleureuse

Tête de moai

Mould taken from an original head on Easter Island (1970).

A sculpture erected on Île Notre-Dame in the Floralies Gardens, near the de la Concorde Bridge.

La Ville imaginaire

Sculpture done by João Charters de Almeida, in 1997. This sculpture is made out of white granite from Portugal. A gift from the Metropolitano de Lisboa to the Société de transport de Montréal (Montreal Transport Company) and subsequently to the City of Montreal, this work commemorates the 30th anniversary of Montreal's Metro subway system - and Expo 67. The sculpture is a reflection on how humans create mythical spaces, both out of necessity and in response to challenges.

Sculpture erected on Île Sainte-Hélène, close to the River shuttle.


Created in 1967 by Alexander Calder, one of the 20th century's greatest sculptors, this abstract sculpture was a gift from the International Nickel Company. It reflects the theme of Expo 67, "Man and His World".

Sculpture erected on the Belvedere on the north shore of Île Sainte-Hélène, facing the river.

© Succession Alexander Calder/SODRAC (2009)


The Iris sculpture was done in 1967 by Québec artist Raoul Hunter in conjunction with Expo 67, the world's fair. The work consists of four curved elements made from pre-cut aluminium sheets. All of the concave surfaces converge towards each other, producing an enveloping effect.

In May, 2012, the work was restored and reinstalled at Parc Jean-Drapeau by the City of Montréal.

Located on île Notre-Dame in the Floralies Gardens.

Phare du Cosmos

This work by Quebec artist Yves Trudeau, created in 1967, expresses the language and cultural values of the new age of space and electronics. It served as a visual landmark for all of the visitors to Expo 67. When the exhibition closed, the House of Seagram donated the sculpture to St. Dunstan's University on Prince Edward Island, which in turn gave it to the City of Montreal.

Sculpture erected on the southwest tip of Île Sainte-Hélène.


Inaugurated on September 11th, 2009, l'Arc is one of Michel de Broin's works and was built in honor of the Chilean president Salvador Allende, who died in 1973. This sculpture is made of ultra-high performance concrete.

Located on île Notre-Dame in the Floralies Gardens.

Totem Kwakiutl

Created in 1967 by Tony and Henry Hunt, the Totem Pole remains today the last vestige of the "Indians of Canada" Pavilion, built for Expo 67. It represents familiar and mythic animals of family lineage or clan. The impressive Totem was carved by aboriginal artists from British Columbia. During the summer of 2007, it was restored by the artist's family members according to the Kwakiutl ancestral tradition.

Sculpture erected near the Canada Pavilion on Île Notre-Dame, in the Floralies Gardens.

Discover Public Art

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