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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.


The Olympic Basin is closed during the winter season and will be open when conditions allow. See you soon!

September 2022
  • 6 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
  • 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Noon to 4 p.m.
  • Closed
October 2022
  • 6 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
  • 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Closed
November 2022
  • 6 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
  • 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Closed
December 2022
  • Closed

Upcoming Events

Sports at the Olympic Basin


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.


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


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

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.

Consult the FAQ

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!

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.

STM shuttle

Two 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 area: P2

Parking passes are available for the P2.

Taxibus service

You can reserve a taxi for your travels at the Parc by using a valid STM transport fare (ticket or OPUS card).


September 3 to June 23
Monday to Sunday 6:30 a.m. to 7:15 p.m.
  • The service is not offered on statutory holidays


You need to reserve 30 minutes beforehand whenever you want to use this service : 514 273-6331 or online form

Taxibus stops

Métro Jean-Drapeau, Athletes' Quarters, La Ronde, Espace Paddock, Pavillon du Canada, Pavillon des Services and Pavillon de la Tunisie.

  • Subway
  • Taxibus
  • STM
  • River
  • Bike
  • Walking
  • Parking