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.
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.
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.
Resumption of the restoration work - the new development plans include outdoor swimming pools, and the beach project is abandoned.
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.
Crowd at the official opening
Mayor Camillien Houde
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.
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.
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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To make it easier to get around, here is the exact location of the Aquatic Complex at Parc Jean-Drapeau posted on Google Maps.
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!
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.
Three 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.
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.
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.
Motorists can get to Parc Jean-Drapeau by taking the Jacques Cartier Bridge or the Concorde Bridge.
Nearby parking areas: P9, P10
You can reserve a taxi for your travels at the Parc by using a valid STM transport fare.
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