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Olympic Basin

Things to do at the Parc

A legacy from the 1976 Summer Olympics, the Basin hosts sports groups in rowing, canoe kayak, dragon boats, and high-performance championships and competitions.

The Olympic Basin extends over 2.2 kilometres in length; it is 110 metres wide and 2.5 metres deep. The Basin's unique installations and it's calm waters make it the pride of every rowing enthusiast.

The Basin's construction required the first major makeover of Île Notre-Dame. A part of the island was completely redeveloped so that buildings and related equipment and facilities could be built; these included:

  • Athletes' Quarters
  • Administration pavilion
  • Grandstands
  • Hangars
  • Starting and finish tower
  • Control stations all along the Basin

Since 2018, the Olympic Basin has served as the venue for the Para Canoe National Training Centre, whose administrative offices are now housed in the Athletes' Quarters.

Schedule

Wednesday, June 19, 2024

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Upcoming Events

Sprint National Team Trials

June 21-23, 2024

Hosted by Canoe Kayak Canada, the National Team Trials are used to determine the athletes who will represent Canada at upcoming international competitions. Details →

Paratriathlon

June 29, 2024

Parc Jean-Drapeau will host races of the World Triathlon Para Series Montreal. The races will take place at the Olympic Basin and at the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve. Details →

Quebec Open Water Championship

June 30, 2024

A competition where swimmers will compete in different events to win medals. The sporting event also serves as a selection for the Jeux du Québec. Details →

Montreal Dragon Boat Challenge

July 6-7, 2024

A sporting event where dragon boat teams of all levels compete in a festive atmosphere that celebrates Chinese culture. Details →

Eastern Rowing Association Regatta

July 12-14, 2024

The Parc Jean-Drapeau's Olympic Basin will host the 103th edition of the Eastern Rowing Association Regatta: a competition where athletes from across Eastern Canada compete in rowing races over distances from 500 m to 2000 m. Details →

Challenge Esprit Montréal

September 7-8, 2024

The Challenge Esprit Montréal, which takes place at the Olympic Basin and on the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve at Parc Jean-Drapeau, welcomes thousands of athletes in swimming, cycling and running events. Details →

Dragon Boat Québec Cup

September 21-22, 2024

The Dragon Boat Québec Cup is the third and final stage of the Triple Crown. The teams will compete at the Parc Jean-Drapeau's Olympic Basin in races of 200 m, 500 m and 2000 m during this event sanctioned by Dragon Boat Canada. Details →

Marathon de Montréal

September 22, 2024

The start of the Marathon and Half marathon will take place at Espace 67. The thousands of runners will take the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve and the trails of the Jardins des Floralies before continuing the route that travel across the city to end at the Olympic Park. Details →

Quebec Team Evaluation

October 19, 2024

A canoe-kayak competition where athletes will compete for a place on the Quebec team. Details →

Sports at the Olympic Basin

Rowing

Rowing is very important at the Olympic Basin at Parc Jean-Drapeau: training, initiation and development classes, team building program for business and competitions take place.

Canoe Kayak

Canoe kayak is a very demanding discipline that brings together sports, tranquility and nature enthusiast at the Olympic Basin.

Dragon Boat

Beginners and more advanced can paddle as a team to practice dragon boat at the Olympic Basin. Team building programs are also available.

Training at the Olympic Basin

You would like to train in a competitive or recreational way at the Olympic Basin? Join one of our partner clubs. Whether you are an athlete or a water sports enthusiast, you will find the club that suits your needs.

Rowing

Canoe Kayak

Dragon Boat

Team building

The Parc Jean-Drapeau is an ideal place to gather with your team or staff members in a natural setting and do team building activities.

More information

Virtual tour

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is it possible to get a parking pass?

    Yes, it is possible to obtain a monthly or annual parking pass for the P2, P4 and P7 at the Athletes' Quarters.

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Learn more

To obtain more details regarding the Olympic Basin, available services or for any request for information, do not hesitate to contact our staff.

Mobility

Getting to Olympic Basin

To make it easier to get around, here is the exact location of the Olympic Basin 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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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.

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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 area: P2

Rates and parking areas

Taxibus service

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

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  • Bike
  • Walking
  • Parking
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