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Olympic Basin Regulations

Things to do at the Parc Olympic Basin

  1. Access to the water is reserved for members of the Olympic Basin partners.
  2. Access to the Olympic Basin is only permitted during the hours of operation stipulated by the Société du parc Jean-Drapeau.
  3. Thirty (30) minutes after sunset, all boats must have an indicator light as stipulated by Transport Canada.
  4. When the water temperature is below 8 degrees Celsius (46 degrees Fahrenheit) only supervised elite and competitive training groups are allowed to train on the water.
  5. Users must always announce their presence to SPJD staff before going into the water area.
  6. While they are on the water, members must be accompanied by a teammate or coach at all times.
  7. Every member must have a personal flotation device (PFD) approved by the Canadian government and use it based on the Transport Canada Safe Boating Guide, as well as the related provincial and national federations (with the exception of those regarding kayaks and speed canoes).
  8. Motor-boat operators must be at least 16 years of age and have an up-to-date water-craft operating card.
  9. Users must always conduct themselves in a safe manner on the Basin's deck and in the boats.
  10. Users must obey the signs and the spaces assigned to them on the site and on the water.
  11. Any incident leading to material or physical damage must immediately be reported to SPJD staff, which will take charge of applying the appropriate measures.
  12. When there is a breakage of equipment or material belonging to the SPJD, members are responsible for reporting it to the staff on duty.
  13. The Olympic Basin is reserved solely for the use of rowboats, dragon boats, canoe-kayaks, Stand-Up Paddleboard (SUP), surfskis and outriggers.
  14. Swimming in the Olympic Basin is prohibited unless permission is granted by the SPJD.
  15. Only vehicles authorized by the SPJD are allowed on the Olympic Basin deck.
  16. Only motor boats authorized by the SPJD are allowed on the Olympic Basin.
  17. Pets must be kept on a leash at all times on the site.
  18. Throwing stones or any other projectile into the water is prohibited.
  19. Prior authorization from the SPJD must be obtained to use barbecues on the site.
  20. Propane tanks must be kept outside the facilities in the enclosures designated for this purpose.
  21. Prior authorization from the SPJD must be obtained for any selling of derivative products or food on the deck of the Olympic Basin or inside the Athletes' Quarters.

Olympic Basin configuration

Rowing configuration: 7 lanes

Canoe kayak & dragon boat
Canoe kayak & dragon boat
Canoe kayak & dragon boat
Mixed corridor, increased vigilance
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Canoe kayak & dragon boat
Mixed corridor, increased vigilance

Canoe kayak configuration: 10 lanes

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Always respect the instructions notified by the flags at the beginning of the central deck.

Basin open over 2000 m

Weather conditions are good and the Olympic Basin is open.

Basin open over 1000 m

Environment Canada announces thunderstorms and/or a weather warning. Olympic Basin's users cannot go beyond the 1000 meter mark.

This safety measure is required to allow a safe and quick evacuation in case the storm hits. Users must be very alert.

Basin closed

Weather conditions prohibit access to the Olympic Basin either because of extremely strong winds, claps of thunder, storms and/or lightning. No user is allowed to be out on the waterway.

Users who are already on the water must evacuate the waterway immediately. The Olympic Basin remains closed until SPJD staff allows access.

In the event of claps of thunder, the Olympic Basin must be evacuated. The reopening of the Basin will be allowed only after a 30-minute waiting period following a clap of thunder.

Security instructions


(Personal Flotation Device)

  • Choose an adjustable and properly sized model.
  • Favour bright colors.
  • Wear it at all times.
  • Prefer a vest with pockets.


  • Pay attention to weather before and during your activity.
  • Get off the water before the thunderstorm arrives.
  • Stay covered during the thunderstorm.


  • Do not forget to put sunscreen.
  • Wear appropriate apparels: light pants, long sleeve, hat or cap.
  • Bring a neck strap for your sunglasses.
  • Fasten and adjust your PFD.
  • Stay hydrated and bring a snack.

Cold water

  • Hypothermia and cold shock can be deadly.
  • Always dress in accordance with the water temperature. You can easily cool off if you are too hot!

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