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Open Water Swimming

Things to do at the Parc Jean-Doré Beach

For the past several years, Parc Jean-Drapeau has provided an open water swimming area on the Île Notre-Dame lake. It's a safe, pleasurable way to do some open water swimming amid nature, and an original alternative to the pool during the summer season.

With the growing popularity of swimming, sports, getting in shape and returning to nature, there's a 300-metre-long course at Jean-Doré Beach for open water swimming enthusiasts. The course is marked off by buoys and is triangular shaped, with each side measuring 100 metres in distance.

  • Corridor 1 : open to the public and supervised by an accredited lifeguard.
  • Corridor 2 and 3 : accessible to members of sports clubs supervised by a certified coach.

Whether you're an athlete or occasional swimmer, Jean-Doré Beach's 300-metre long courses are ideal for competitive training or an introduction to this growingly popular sport.

Pro tip!

Open water swimming takes place on the lake at Jean-Doré Beach, so it's important that swimmers are able to do the crawl swim over a 300-metre stretch and are comfortable swimming in deep water.

Also, since the water can sometimes be cold at the beginning or at the end of the season, you should bring a wetsuit because there are no wetsuit rentals on site.

Prevention and safety

Swimmers must be equipped with their own open water swimming buoy to do this sport at Parc Jean-Drapeau.

If you forget to bring a swimming buoy, you can borrow one at the reception area of the pavillon des activités nautiques, provided you show a piece of identification (there are a limited number of buoys).

Schedule

Sports club General public

Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Closed

The open water swimming for sports club will be accessible at 7 a.m., on June 22, 2024. See you soon!

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Reservation required

Wednesday, June 19, 2024

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The open water swimming for the general public will be accessible at 7 a.m., on June 22, 2024. See you soon!

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2024 Rates

Sports club

Reservation required

Regular $40.99 / h
Non Profit Organization $27,33 / h
National and Provincial Centres $13.66 / h
  • Taxes not included.
  • Rates are shown as a guide only and are subject to change without notice.
  • The rates shown above do not include parking rates.

General public

14 years and over $5.83 / h
  • Taxes not included.
  • Rates shown are per person.
  • Rates are shown as a guide only and are subject to change without notice.
  • The open water swimming rates does not include access to open swim or the Aquazilla
  • Jean-Doré Beach Season passports are not accepted for open water swimming.
  • There are no ticket refunds or exchanges, except in the case of the closure of the Beach by the Société du parc Jean-Drapeau.
  • The rates shown above do not include parking rates.

Online purchase

When the weather is hot, there might not be any room at the open water swimming! Before making the trip, we recommend that you purchase your tickets online to guarantee your access to the swimming lanes.

Buy your open swim tickets online


Other activities

In addition to open swimming, you can practice a wide array of water-related activities at the Jean-Doré Beach:

SUP: lessons & yoga

Stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) is a fun and accessible water sport. Parc Jean-Drapeau is the ideal place to live this experience and explore the placid waters of Jean-Doré Beach as well as the lagoons.

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Canoes, kayaks & pedal boats

At Parc Jean-Drapeau, you can leisurely navigate between the Beach's swimming area and the Casino de Montréal, or you can discover the central part of Île Notre-Dame and the perimeter of the Floralies Gardens by taking the big loop around the lagoons.

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Aquazilla

Aquazilla is a unique 30-by-35 meters inflatable structure comprised of obstacles, slides and platforms for jumping into the water, and much more.

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Beach Volleyball

At the Jean-Doré Beach, play beach volleyball on one of our eight courts that meet the highest international standards!

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Open swim

The Beach, with its golden sand and clear water, is the ideal place to lounge in the sun or take part in nautical activities with family and friends!

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Services

Changing rooms and lockers

Located at the Chalet de la plage, the changing rooms allow you to take a shower and put on your bathing suit. Keep your personal belongings in a bag nearby or use the lockers available for this purpose: bring your padlock.


Food offer

While you are at Parc Jean-Drapeau, take time to grab a snack with family and friends at one of the many restauration areas located by our various facilities.


Others

Free Wi-Fi et baby changing station.

Regulations

Before visiting, please consult the regulations for the Jean-Doré Beach:

Jean-Doré Beach regulations 187 KB

  • 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the procedure if it's raining at the Beach?

    The decision on whether to open or close the Beach is made very early in the morning, based on the forecasts of weather conditions to come, and the decision is definitive. If the weather is uncertain, please contact us at 514 872-0199 before you leave for the Beach.

  • What happens if weather conditions worsen as the day goes along?

    If there is a light rain, the facility will remain open, but if it is stormy and thundering, the Beach will remain closed temporarily. If weather conditions don't improve, we reserve the right to close access to the water areas and safely accompany visitors to the exit.

  • Am I entitled to a refund if the Beach needs to be evacuated?

    If weather conditions force us to close the Beach during the day for safety reasons, every customer that has bought an admission ticket for the day will be reimbursed.

  • 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

Customer Service

To obtain more details or for any request for information, do not hesitate to contact us.

Mobility

Access via the main entrance to the Beach
(Parking P4)

Due to modernization work, access to the Pavillon des activités nautiques or the Beach via parking lot P5 will not be possible during the 2024 summer season.

The activities will be maintained but accessible only from the main entrance to the Beach where users will also have to pay admission fees.

Mobility

The Pavillon des activités nautiques is not accessible: access via the main entrance to the Beach

Details and directions

Getting to Jean-Doré Beach

To make it easier to get around, here is the exact location of the Jean-Doré Beach 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: P4

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