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Open water swimming

Things to do at the Parc Jean-Doré Beach

Are you tired of training under the neon lights of your sports centre? Are you looking for a more dynamic and enjoyable space for your swimming training? Parc Jean-Drapeau offers an open water swimming course in the heart of nature, just a few minutes from downtown Montreal.

Whether you are an athlete or an occasional swimmer, the 300-meter-long course of Jean-Dore Beach is ideal for both competitive and recreational training.

The open water swimming course forms a triangle in which all three sides are 100 meters long and are delimited by buoys:

  • 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.

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, we recommend that swimmers have a swimming buoy in open water. And, 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.

Schedule 2020

The 2020 summer season is already over...

Thank you to everyone, young and old, who came to swim and have fun at the Beach. See you next year!

2020 Rates

Sports club

Regular $38.25 / h
Non Profit Organization $25 / h
National and Provincial Centres $12.50 / h
  • Taxes not included.
  • Rates are shown as a guide only and are subject to change without notice.

General public

14 years and over $5 / h
  • Rates include taxes.
  • Rates shown are per person.
  • Rates are shown as a guide only and are subject to change without notice.
  • The Open water swimming's rates does not include access to the Jean-Dore Beach or the Aquazilla
  • There are no ticket refunds or exchanges, except in the case of the closure of the Beach by the Société du parc Jean-Drapeau.
  • Only credit or debit card payments are accepted.
  • The rates shown above do not include parking rates.
  • Season passports are not available for the 2020 summer season.

Regulations

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

  • 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.

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.

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.

List of questions and answers most frequently asked by visitors.

Customer Service

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

Getting to Pavillon des activités nautiques

To make it easier to get around, here is the exact location of the Pavillon des activités nautiques 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:
P5

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