A half-kilometre of opportunities linking the masterful art works of the Biosphere and Calder's Trois disques.
The Central Concourse, which is the actual backbone of Espace 67, connects two of Parc Jean-Drapeau's highly significant symbols, allowing you to stroll from the Biosphere to Alexander Calder's Trois disques sculpture. The unimpeded views overlooking the downtown core and the river are breathtaking.
The widening of the concourse will allow people to move around easier, once they come out of the subway exit. With 200 places for seating strategically set up close to the cooling zones and the planting tanks, along with uncluttered spaces for crowd management during major events, the central concourse will allow you to enjoy the site year-round.
An outdoor space bigger than nature itself.
The Amphitheatre is a place designed for large or small gatherings; the venue can accommodate up to 65,000 people. The contemporary site meets the highest event standards, with a grassy knoll and spacious parterre.
The amphitheatre is fully equipped with permanent services for event promoters (lighting system and top-of-the-line electrical and event infrastructures) to provide you a one-of-a-kind- experience. Safe and versatile, the Amphitheatre does not have a permanent stage, and is intended as a place that's suitable for anything, thereby making it an all-season potential event venue.
A lively spot, set amid the restaurant and its sunny terrace.
As you are seated at a table in the new restaurant, you'll be immersed in the festive ambiance of the Event Village: a sector of Espace 67 that has mist sprayers to cool you off in the summer months, wide corridors to accommodate event food concessions and a place where merriment and frivolity are much in evidence.
It's the perfect spot for fairs, markets, small exhibitions or simply to hang out while the children stretch their legs!
An intimate place next to the woods, an ideal spot for your small events.
As you approach the Trois disques sculpture, you'll see the Natural Agora: set in a cozy area bordering the forest, a great spot for small gatherings such as a community picnic or a theatrical performance. With its benches directly inserted into the stairwell surrounding the space, you can avail yourself of this amenity year-round.
A panoramic belvedere in front of the Saint Lawrence.
The Riverside Walkway is at the end of the Central Concourse; its belvedere overlooks the Saint Lawrence River and provides an awesome panoramic view of downtown Montréal. This area enables you to connect with the river and enjoy the magnificence of the Trois disques sculpture.
If you so wish, you can head down from the high walkway by taking the stairs or an access ramp, and stroll along the lower promenade, just a few metres from the water. This section, which is woodsier and quieter, continues along the lower-contour to the river shuttle near the La Ronde parking lot.
At the Information Center, you can obtain helpful information about the activities available on the site, maps, Parc Jean-Drapeau souvenirs, access to washroom facilities and much more.
The restaurant provides the opportunity to enjoy a new and full culinary experience, for a meal, a drink or a snack, inside the restaurant or on the all-season terrace. It's part of the overall remake of the Parc's food offering, with revitalized service counters...and a mobile unit coming!
Located in the centre of the site for easier access during events, the new sanitary building will have 30 universally accessible toilets, and the facility will be heated and lit year-round.
With its versatile facilities that can be used year-round, Parc Jean-Drapeau will offer a wide range of activities, including sports, music, artistic, cultural and culinary events for every age sector. Every area of Espace 67 has been set up so that it provides a different type of ambiance, thereby enabling the staging of various sorts of activities: our staff has plenty of surprises in store from a programming standpoint.
Kite-flying contests, outdoor vernissages of art works, yoga sessions, music festivals, food or technology fairs, circus arts, public entertainers, puppet shows, tube sliding in the wintertime, Expo 67 historical ride, bird watching, photography: this is an all-purpose site for the enjoyment of everyone.
The Parc is deeply honoured to house the magnificent works of many artists: it's a true wall-less museum. In designing Espace 67, in addition to showcasing the redevelopment of the belvedere around Calder's Trois disques, three existing works at the Parc will be restored and installed in various sectors of the site.
You'll be amazed as you stand in front of the Signe solaire, Porte de l'amitié and Phare du Cosmos art works, which were given a makeover during the construction work. In keeping with the 1% public art policy of the Bureau d'Art public de Montréal, Espace 67 will be welcoming a brand-new art work incorporated into the planting tanks near the subway station: its official unveiling is scheduled for the summer of 2019!
Espace 67 was erected on the same grounds created by Man for the staging of Expo 67. A real engineering masterpiece, this partly-artificial island houses a site that is resolutely turned toward the future but filled with so many wonderful memories of the past.
The showcasing of iconic symbols of Expo 67 can be found in many places, starting with the Biosphere, the former United States Pavilion, which is directly linked to Trois Disques, a sculpture specially created for the event by Alexander Calder.
Strolling along the Central Concourse, you notice the unique pavement designed for Espace 67: the geometric shapes reproduced on the ground are inspired by the triangular architecture of the Biosphere. This same design is replicated in the shape of the roof of the buildings constructed on the site, on the broader scaled parterre of the Amphitheatre, and in the surrounding wall at the top of the knoll.
In the Event Village, there are even some insets in the ground inspired by the stamps used in the Expo 67 passport: you'll have a chance to admire these fine works as you go through the spray mists set up amid the motifs!
The designing of Espace 67 by the Lemay architectural firm was conceptualized around four majors objectives, with an emphasis on modernity, safety and enhancement. The project is solidly interlinked and aligned with its environment, history and the diversified program it will embody.
Attributing a special importance to the integration of architectural ideas into the festive and people-gathering spirit of site, the kind that existed at the time of Expo 67's Man and His World.
Enhance the appeal potential of the Parc, for citizens of surrounding communities as well as international tourists, and incorporate these elements in an effort to meet the needs in terms of reception, service and customer experience.
Create a contemporary and versatile place in relation to the activities that can be held there, a place bordered by the river and forest: an unprecedented spot where you can enjoy new experiences in a charming setting.
Promote this sector of the island that has been shaped and remodeled by Man and unveil the uniqueness of the site, at first glance.
With Espace 67 being in a unique environment, the project strictly followed a plant vegetation strategy set down by professionals.
Preservation of the vegetation and natural characteristics of the surrounding areas to maintain wildlife habitats for mammals, reptiles and birds;
Transplanting to places in the Parc highly valued, good-potential trees that could not remain on the site;
Building 8,163 m2 of raised planting tanks to protect the flora from pedestrian trampling;
Strict selection of vegetation for the best co-existence and an increase in tree covering to create cool and shady areas;
Optimal management of rainwater run-off through the site's sloped surfaces, which are designed to irrigate the planting tanks and direct the filtered overflow toward Lac des Cygnes;
Planting 19 species of deciduous and conifers and 45 species of perennials, grasses, ornamental grasses and bulbs.
The amphitheatre will occasionally be the venue for high-profile concerts featuring local and international artists. The sound-mitigating measures implemented on the parterre of the new amphitheatre will allow for the continued presentation of top-notch shows while minimizing the sound impact during these major events.
At the start of the project, the SPJD commissioned Soft dB, a firm specializing in acoustics and vibrations, to realize an in-depth acoustics analysis. The study included an assortment of methods and potential solutions aimed at lessening the sound impact at major events.
The installation of delay towers was the solution embraced by Parc management. This was the preferred solution because of its effectiveness and functionality, combined with the fact that once the bases are buried underground, the site isn't encumbered year-round with huge structures on the grounds.
It's a strategic choice which is favourable to and respectful of the visually attractive environment the site offers. An overall budget of $2 million was allocated for the study, analysis, designing and purchasing of the new bases and delay towers on the site.
Nine permanent tower delay bases are buried under the ground of the Amphitheatre and strategically spread out for optimum sound control. A delay tower is a large post on which various types of equipment, including loudspeakers and amplifiers are installed. This enables the sound to be adequately spread over a large area and provides the same quality of sound to every spectator, whether they are front row or at the back of the site. The towers are portable, and they will only be installed during major events.
The materials used in the project were selected with the objective of providing a top-notch, comfortable and sustainable site.
The slabs follow a precise axis in the Central Concourse and link Macdonald Road to the Trois Disques sculpture, going from a darker to a paler hue. The concrete, made of high-quality materials, has the durability to be able to handle the heavy vehicle traffic that travels on it for the set-up and dismantling operations at event time.
This porous mix of resin and aggregate stones allows the rainwater to trickle down to the ground and creates a comfortable covering that's ideal for resting under the trees.
Spread out over the site, this material is prominent in the urban furnishings: booths, benches, low platforms conducive to rest and relaxation or to small gatherings of people.
Used for the Amphitheatre backlit wall and on part of the exterior walls of the Restaurant and Reception, perforated and painted aluminium showcases a design that is reminiscent of the Expo 67 logo.
Since the Amphitheatre is a reception area for larger crowds, a variety of materials has been strategically chosen.
Espace 67 will be convivial and accommodating, even during the quieter times of the year. Urban furnishings will be judiciously installed throughout the site to meet your needs and provide you with a leisurely and revitalizing experience.
This new space has been designed to meet universal accessibility standards and accommodate every visitor: people with reduced mobility, families with strollers, children seeking to discover the world around them, people who are hearing or visually impaired, tourists with luggage, little people, etc.
Some of the features are subtle, while others are an integral part of the project's conceptual design: sloped sidewalk game, access ramps, no-threshold buildings, stroboscopes connected to the fire alarms, etc. The Société du parc Jean-Drapeau is working in tandem with the Kéroul organization to obtain an accreditation.
The previous site which dates to 1992, no longer provided a superlative experience when it hosted major events, especially in rainy weather: water accumulations, mud and slippery grounds were some of the drawbacks. This era is in the past, thanks to an efficient rainwater management system.
The slope of the ground has been calculated to direct the rainwater to the corners of the planter boxes, where there is an irrigation system underneath the pavement. Rainwater is thus naturally drawn toward the boxes, and the overflow is diverted into the storm drainage system. It's a simple way of maximizing the natural resources on the site!
The surplus of water not absorbed by the stabilized stone dust is directed into the gutters throughout the length of concrete sidewalks, where the water matte is 80% filtered; it is then diverted into Lac des Cygnes. This enables the lake to maintain a proper water level, and the water that gathers on the Amphitheatre's surfaces is more efficiently redirected.
The entire site is illuminated with LED lights for a more efficient energy consumption, and the urban furnishings all have retro-lighting.
Throughout the length of the Central Concourse, the lighting is of a more intimate nature: the lamp standards, whose design is drawn from the ones on the Expo 67 site, directs the light downward to diminish the urban lighting.
In the Amphitheatre, the multi-purpose lighting towers provide for the placing of projectors and high-powered lights, as well as security equipment such as cameras and loudspeakers, for a well-managed site evacuation system.
The meticulous selection of materials and the choice of construction systems was done to ensure the highest possible lifespan of the site. The objective for the longevity of Espace 67 is 50 years.
The conception and design of the site was also done based on criteria designed to reduce the required maintenance work and maintain realistic costs for its upkeep.
A legacy of the City of Montréal's 375th anniversary, this unique site was designed to follow up on a special and very specific mandate: modernize and upgrade the safety of the site, which dates to 1992, but along with that, raise its maximum accommodation capacity to 65,000 people.
The previous parterre no longer met international standards in terms of access, safety, clearance areas, sound system, stage design, reception area, washroom and restaurant facilities, etc.
In this mandate, Parc Jean-Drapeau saw the opportunity to modernize the site and add a wider range of services to improve the overall visitors' experience.
The focus on security within Espace 67 is broken down into several elements:
At its judging in the Special Attractions category, Espace 67 earned 5 Silver Flowers and an honourable mention from Communities in Bloom.
This Canadian organization is committed to fostering civic pride, environmental responsibility and beautification through community involvement. Improving green spaces in urban areas is a central part of its mission.
To read the evaluation, click on the following link :
Rapport d'évaluation - Collectivité en fleurs (French only) Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 1 MB
Espace 67 has come to fruition as the result of a $35 million contribution by the Ministère des Affaires municipales et de l'Habitation (MAMH), and $38.4 million in funding by the City of Montréal. The Parc has also been able to rely on a group of outstanding partners in the designing, building and developing of the project:
The Jean-Drapeau subway station is located 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.
Covid-19 - The river shuttle service will not be operational for the 2020 summer season.
Two STM shuttles provide a connection between the Jean-Drapeau subway station and various attractions.
777: Every day of the year, the 777 shuttle provides fast access to the Casino de Montréal.
From Montréal: take the Lachine Canal bike path, near the Vieux-Port de Montréal, or the Jacques Cartier Bridge cycling path.
From the South Shore: take the Bike Link, between Saint-Lambert and Parc Jean-Drapeau, or the Jacques Cartier Bridge cycling path.
BIXI : there are many BIXI stations at the Parc during the summer season.
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 (Bonaventure Autoroute, Pierre-Dupuy exit).
Covid-19 - In order to comply with the instructions of the City of Montréal in connection with public health directives, no parking is currently accessible to the general public.
For more details, visit Getting to the Parc.