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Open Water Swimming Initiation Day

Open Water Swimming Initiation Day

Come and be introduced to open water swimming and discover the Parc's 300-meter-long course that is right in the heart of Jean-Doré Beach's natural setting! On Initiation Day, the three corridors will be freely accessible for swimmers.

Make it a date for some fun at the Water Activities Pavilion!

  • Participants must be 14 years or older

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 be cold early in the season, you should bring a wetsuit because there are no wetsuit rentals on site.

$100 gift certificate

The All Tides online boutique, which specializes in the sale of clothing and accessories for aquatic activities, will be conducting a drawing for a $100 gift certificate. Signing up for the contest will be done on site.

Stand Up Paddleboard

KSF will also be joining us for the event. If you've never tried SUP (Stand Up Paddling), now's your chance to do it for free!

The 2019 edition of the event is canceled.


June 16, 2019 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
June 21, 2019 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.



Getting to Pavillon des activités nautiques

Jean-Drapeau Subway Station

The Jean-Drapeau subway station is located 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 2021 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 / 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 cycling path.

From the South Shore: take the Bike Link, between Saint-Lambert and Parc Jean-Drapeau, or the Jacques Cartier Bridge cycling path.

BIXI : there are many BIXI stations at the Parc during the summer season.


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 (Bonaventure Autoroute, Pierre-Dupuy exit).

Nearby parking area:

Rates and other parking areas

  • Subway Station
  • River shuttle
  • STM shuttle
  • Bike / BIXI
  • Walking
  • Parking

For more details, visit Getting to the Parc.