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Aquatic Complex

A bit of history

Previously named the Chalet des Baigneurs, then the Pavillon des Baigneurs, Parc Jean-Drapeau's Aquatic Complex has had various vocations over the years. At one time, officials even planned to establish a beach in the Saint Lawrence River!

Here are some of the highlights in the building of the Aquatic Complex.

Importantdates

1936

The provincial government wants to address the unemployment situation. Restoration work begins on Île Sainte-Hélène. More than 100 men are hired to build the Tour de Lévis, the Hélène-de-Champlain restaurant and the Chalet des Baigneurs.

1939

The Chalet des Baigneurs is to be built to serve a beach bordering Île Sainte-Hélène, but this work is put aside while the Second World War is on. And, during this time span, the public was not allowed to go on the island.

1949

Resumption of the restoration work - the new development plans include outdoor swimming pools, and the beach project is abandoned.

1953

The pools are opened to the public on June 20. Admission to the Aquatic Complex costs 35 cents for adults and 20 cents for children.

Official opening of the swimming pools by Mayor Camillien Houde on June 25. It is Montréal's first municipal outdoor swimming pools complex.

Pool dimensions :

  • Two swimming pools that are 50 x 25 metres
  • A diving pool that is 25 x 25 metres

Crowd at the official opening

Lifeguard team

Mayor Camillien Houde

Expo 67

While Expo 67 is being held, the public is not allowed to use the pools. The Pavillon des Baigneurs serves as a nursery and locker rooms for the world's fair hostesses are installed.

2001-2005

Building of new pools and restoration of the Pavillon des Baigneurs after being awarded the 11th FINA World Championships. The quality of these facilities perfectly meets the Olympic-calibre requirements demanded by the governing body, FINA.

Montréal plays host to the 11th FINA World Championships in 2005. Eight world records in the swimming competition are shattered in the Montréal pools. The Pavillon des Baigneurs is renamed the Aquatic Complex.

2014

From July 27 to August 10, close to 10,000 athletes over the age of 25, from 60 countries, compete in the 15th FINA World Masters Championships in open water and synchronized swimming, and swimming, diving and water polo at Parc Jean-Drapeau.

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Mobility

Getting to Aquatic Complex

To make it easier to get around, here is the exact location of the Aquatic Complex at Parc Jean-Drapeau posted on Google Maps.

Jean-Drapeau Subway Station

The Jean-Drapeau subway station is located on Île Sainte-Hélène, in the heart of Parc Jean-Drapeau. To get to the Parc easily and quickly, the subway is still the best way to go!

River shuttle

During the summer season, Parc Jean-Drapeau visitors can use the river shuttle as a means of transportation, from the Vieux-Port de Montréal (Jacques-Cartier pier) and the city of Longueuil.

Users can also bring along their bikes and they have access to a network of cycling paths at each stop.

The river shuttle service will be operational from June 4, 2022. Routes, schedules and rates will be available shortly.

STM shuttle

Two STM shuttles provide a connection between the Jean-Drapeau subway station and various attractions:

To find out about STM shuttle routes and schedules, click here.

Bike

The Parc is one of the few places where you can cross the Saint Lawrence River on your bike: simply take the bike paths of the Jacques Cartier Bridge, the Concorde Bridge or the Bike link.

Walking

People can enjoy many of the cycling paths to get to or pass through the Parc Jean-Drapeau, either running or walking.

With more than 25 kilometres of trails and pathways, the Parc is a pleasant spot for hiking, all year round.

Parking

Motorists can get to Parc Jean-Drapeau by taking the Jacques Cartier Bridge or the Concorde Bridge.

Nearby parking areas: P9, P10

Taxibus service

You can reserve a taxi for your travels at the Parc by using a valid STM transport fare (ticket or OPUS card).

Schedule

September 3 to June 23
Monday to Sunday 6:30 a.m. to 7:15 p.m.
  • The service is not offered on statutory holidays

Reservation

You need to reserve 45-to-60 minutes beforehand whenever you want to use this service : 514 273-6331 or online form

Taxibus stops

Métro Jean-Drapeau, Athletes' Quarters, La Ronde, Espace Paddock, Pavillon du Canada, Pavillon des Services and Pavillon de la Tunisie.

  • Subway
    Station
  • Taxibus
    service
  • STM
    shuttle
  • River
    shuttle
  • Bike
  • Walking
  • Parking