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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.

Covid-19

If you have symptoms related to Covid-19, please stay home and get in touch with the available medical resources.

Wearing a mask or a face covering is mandatory inside the facilities (buildings and restrooms) and when social distancing is not possible.

Schedule

Saturday, August 15, 2020 Opened: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Upcoming Events

  • We Run Montreal

    Auhust 22, 2020 | 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    A 5 km, 10 km or 21.1 km run around the Olympic Basin where runners can practice their favorite sport and share their passion in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. The "We Run Montreal" event is sanctioned by the Fédération québécoise d'athlétisme.

Sports at the Olympic Basin

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

Important documents

General terms and conditions - Rental of sports facilities 2020 QA/BO

(French only), Monday, April 6, 2020, 209 KB

Fact sheet - Olympic Basin and Athletes' quarters

(French only), Tuesday, June 2, 2020, 4 MB


Regulations

Before visiting, please consult the regulations for the Olympic Basin.

  • Anyone not complying with the regulations is subject to a warning. The Société du parc Jean-Drapeau reserves the right to eject anyone that does not obey the rules or warnings.
  • The Société du parc Jean-Drapeau is not responsible for lost or stolen articles.

Virtual tour

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.

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.

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!

Subway schedule
STM promotions

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.

Covid-19 - The river shuttle service will not be operational for the 2020 summer season.

Schedule and rates
Location of the landing spot at the Parc

STM shuttle

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

767

During the summer season, the 767 shuttle stops at Jean-Doré Beach and the La Ronde amusement park.

777

Every day of the year, the 777 shuttle provides fast access to the Casino de Montréal.

Routes and schedules

Bike and BIXI

Parc Jean-Drapeau is part of the Trans Canada Trail and the Route verte and is one of the few places where you can cross the Saint Lawrence River on your bike.

From Montréal: take the Lachine Canal bike path, near the Vieux-Port de Montréal, or the Jacques Cartier Bridge multipurpose Path.

From the South Shore: take the Bike Link or the Jacques Cartier Bridge multipurpose Path.

BIXI

There are many BIXI stations at the Parc during the summer season.

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 (Bonaventure Autoroute, Pierre-Dupuy exit).

Nearby parking area:
P2

Rates and other parking areas

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

June 25 to September 6
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, Stewart Museum, Espace Paddock, Pavillon du Canada, Pavillon des Services and Pavillon de la Tunisie.

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