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Espace 67

Société du parc Jean-Drapeau Building and development projects

Central Concourse

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.

Event Village

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!

Natural Agora

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.

Riverside Walkway

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.


Information Center

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!

Washroom facilities

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.


A program for all

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.

A wealth of activities

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.

Outdoor public art

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.

Commune with the arts

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!

A site steeped in history: the inspiration of Expo 67

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.

Reviving the spirit of Expo 67

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!

Design and architecture

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.


Recreate the spiritof Expo 67

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.


Become a destination in itself

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.


Combine nature & culture

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.


Showcase the ingenuity of the site

Promote this sector of the island that has been shaped and remodeled by Man and unveil the uniqueness of the site, at first glance.

Nature and biodiversity

With Espace 67 being in a unique environment, the project strictly followed a plant vegetation strategy set down by professionals.

Conservation, protection et revalorization

  • 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.

It's all in the details

Sound-mitigating measures

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.

Analyzing the situation

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.

Delay tower: better management of sonar energy

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.

Much more than concrete

The materials used in the project were selected with the objective of providing a top-notch, comfortable and sustainable site.

Paved with custom-made concrete, made in Beauce by Béton Bolduc

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.

Mix of resin and aggregate stones

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.

Douglas fir wood

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.

Perforated and painted aluminum

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.

The Amphitheatre: custom-made

Since the Amphitheatre is a reception area for larger crowds, a variety of materials has been strategically chosen.

  • The stabilized stone dust on the parterre is easy to repair, allows vehicular traffic and pile-driving equipment, and is weather resistant;
  • The grass on the knoll reduces the heat islands and makes the ground more comfortable should you wish to sit on it;
  • The concrete used in the sidewalks and stairs preserves the stone dust and guides the gutters, enabling the rainwater overflow to be diverted to the filtration system.

Urban furnishings

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.

  • Wooden benches positioned close to the planting tanks;
  • Low platforms available for small gatherings, music, outdoor work, enjoying public art works, etc.;
  • Water foutains;
  • Garbage and recycling bins;
  • 150 bicycle supports and 50 BIXI places.

Universal accessibility

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.

Choice of lighting and ambiance

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.

Rainwater management: an under-estimated impact

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.

On the impermeable surfaces - along the length of the Central Concourse

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!

Storm drainage system in the Amphitheatre

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.

Longevity of the site

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.

  • Example: The Central Concourse's pavement slabs are thicker (150 mm) than you would normally find in this type of project.

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.

Modernize and start anew

A full makeover for an outmoded site

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.

Incomparable scope

  • Repairing underground infrastructures (aqueducts and electricity);
  • Implementing a vegetation strategy for a better co-existence between the human and nature aspect on the site;
  • Improving visitors' reception and offering a walkway of activities;
  • Security, lighting, furnishings, services: nothing has been overlooked!

Safety, first and foremost

The focus on security within Espace 67 is broken down into several elements:

  • Emergency lighting, loudspeakers and surveillance cameras;
  • Additional bollards to prevent automobile traffic (or any battering-ram type vehicle);
  • 44 fibre optic access points: very useful for security agents at an event;
  • The Central Concourse's wide corridors make it easier for crowds to move around;
  • The vegetation on the site doesn't impede the view: low-lying shrubbery or tall trees result in foliage that's higher than visitors' height;
  • A barrier system to restrict access to the service road leading to the Amphitheatre;
  • An emergency interphone system set up in strategic spots on the site which the clientele can activate for assistance (first aid, etc.). This system is linked to the Security Operations Centre;
  • In the Amphitheatre there are 13 emergency exits, and all of them are clearly marked with brightly lit panels to meet the same standards as an enclosed building capable of accommodating 65,000 people.


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:

Design and implementing team

Related News

5 Silver Flowers

November 11, 2019

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 :


Getting to Espace 67

To make it easier to get around, here is the exact location of the Espace 67 at Parc Jean-Drapeau posted on Google Maps.

Subway Station

The Jean-Drapeau subway station on the Line 4 — Yellow 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!

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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.

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STM shuttle

Three STM shuttles provide a connection between the Jean-Drapeau subway station and various attractions.

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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.

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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: P10, P11

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Taxibus service

You can reserve a taxi for your travels at the Parc by using a valid STM transport fare.

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