Return to normal on the Jacques Cartier Bridge Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve bike path is open South Shore Bike link is open The Route Verte is accessible in the Champlain Bridge area Cycling access ramp of the Concorde Bridge: detour to be expected Return to normal on the Jacques Cartier Bridge

Return to normal on the Jacques Cartier Bridge

April 19-30, 2019

The access ramp to Parc Jean-Drapeau, coming from Montreal on the Jacques Cartier Bridge, will be reopened to traffic starting at 5 a.m. on Friday, April 19, 2019.

Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve bike path is open

April 15-20, 2019

The Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve bike path is now marked out and open for cycling enthusiasts. Due to many construction zones, users will have to exercise caution. For a more pleasant and safer training session, we recommend using the facilities of the circuit after 5 p.m. on week days.

South Shore Bike link is open

April 6 to May 20, 2019

The South Shore Bike Link, a portion of the Route Verte between the locks of Saint-Lambert and Parc Jean-Drapeau, is open to cyclists.

The Route Verte is accessible in the Champlain Bridge area

April 12 to November 17, 2019

Cyclists can now take the Champlain Ice Control Structure and the seaway dike bike path towards the city of Sainte-Catherine or Parc Jean-Drapeau.

Cycling access ramp of the Concorde Bridge: detour to be expected

April 3 to May 16, 2019

The cycling access ramp, which serves as a cycling path between Île-Sainte-Hélène and the Concorde Bridge, will remain closed until the end of construction work on Espace 67. Cyclists can get to Île-Sainte-Hélène, from the Concorde Bridge, by taking the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve and then the Cosmos Bridge.

Plan your trip and avoid unpleasant surprises by consulting often the important notices or the schedule of activities and events that are of interest to you.

Olympic Basin Regulations

Olympic Basin Regulations

  1. Access to the water is reserved for members of the Olympic Basin partners.
  2. Access to the Olympic Basin is only permitted during the hours of operation stipulated by the Société du parc Jean-Drapeau.
  3. Thirty (30) minutes after sunset, all boats must have an indicator light as stipulated by Transport Canada.
  4. When the water temperature is below 8 degrees Celsius (46 degrees Fahrenheit) only supervised elite and competitive training groups are allowed to train on the water.
  5. Users must always announce their presence to SPJD staff before going into the water area.
  6. While they are on the water, members must be accompanied by a teammate or coach at all times.
  7. Every member must have a personal flotation device (PFD) approved by the Canadian government and use it based on the Transport Canada Safe Boating Guide, as well as the related provincial and national federations (with the exception of those regarding kayaks and speed canoes).
  8. Motor-boat operators must be at least 16 years of age and have an up-to-date water-craft operating card.
  9. Users must always conduct themselves in a safe manner on the Basin's deck and in the boats.
  10. Users must obey the signs and the spaces assigned to them on the site and on the water.
  11. Any incident leading to material or physical damage must immediately be reported to SPJD staff, which will take charge of applying the appropriate measures.
  12. When there is a breakage of equipment or material belonging to the SPJD, members are responsible for reporting it to the staff on duty.
  13. The Olympic Basin is reserved solely for the use of rowboats, dragon boats, canoe-kayaks, Stand-Up Paddleboard (SUP), surfskis and outriggers.
  14. Swimming in the Olympic Basin is prohibited unless permission is granted by the SPJD.
  15. Only vehicles authorized by the SPJD are allowed on the Olympic Basin deck.
  16. Only motor boats authorized by the SPJD are allowed on the Olympic Basin.
  17. Pets must be kept on a leash at all times on the site.
  18. Throwing stones or any other projectile into the water is prohibited.
  19. Prior authorization from the SPJD must be obtained to use barbecues on the site.
  20. Propane tanks must be kept outside the facilities in the enclosures designated for this purpose.
  21. Prior authorization from the SPJD must be obtained for any selling of derivative products or food on the deck of the Olympic Basin or inside the Athletes' Quarters.

7 lanes configuration

10 lanes configuration


Always respect the instructions notified by the flags at the beginning of the central deck.

Basin open over 2000 m

Weather conditions are good and the Olympic Basin is open.

Basin open over 1000 m

Environment Canada announces thunderstorms and/or a weather warning. Olympic Basin's users cannot go beyond the 1000 meter mark.

This safety measure is required to allow a safe and quick evacuation in case the storm hits. Users must be very alert.

Basin closed

Weather conditions prohibit access to the Olympic Basin either because of extremely strong winds, claps of thunder, storms and/or lightning. No user is allowed to be out on the waterway.

Users who are already on the water must evacuate the waterway immediately. The Olympic Basin remains closed until SPJD staff allows access.

In the event of claps of thunder, the Olympic Basin must be evacuated. The reopening of the Basin will be allowed only after a 30-minute waiting period following a clap of thunder.

Security instructions

PFD (Personal Flotation Device)

  • Choose an adjustable and properly sized model.
  • Favour bright colors.
  • Wear it at all times.
  • Prefer a vest with pockets.


  • Pay attention to weather before and during your activity.
  • Get off the water before the thunderstorm arrives.
  • Stay covered during the thunderstorm.


  • Do not forget to put sunscreen.
  • Wear appropriate apparels: light pants, long sleeve, hat or cap.
  • Bring a neck strap for your sunglasses.
  • Fasten and adjust your PFD.
  • Stay hydrated and bring a snack.

PFD (Personal Flotation Device)

  • Hypothermia and cold shock can be deadly.
  • Always dress in accordance with the water temperature. You can easily cool off if you are too hot!

Getting to Olympic Basin

Nearby parking area:


Rates and parking areas

Public consultation on the future of parc Jean-Drapeau

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