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Vespasiennes des étangs

Société du parc Jean-Drapeau Building and development projects

The conservation project of this service area that was built in 1959 has been brought to fruition! Major work was done on the envelope of the building, a slate terrace was added and the indoor spaces were totally renovated by integrating eco-energy components.

In the aim of sustainable development, the adjacent parking lot was fully vegetated, and this is contributing to the ecological diversification of the park. Meanwhile, the grassy areas are set up with picnic tables and benches which provide a nice spot to relax and unwind.


  • Conserve the heritage building.
  • Enhance the basic service offering.
  • Improve the Parc's vegetation covering to counter the "heat islands" and promote ecological diversification.
  • Provide universal access to the building, with Kéroul accreditation.

Features and components of the sector

Restoration of this heritage building was done by harmonizing the outside components with those of the Playground chalet, which is also undergoing a restoration. The copper roof, the stone which resembles the breccia rock used in the initial construction of many works and the slate terrace now comprise the distinctive architectural features of the Parc.

The previous parking lot was fully vegetated in the aim of recreating a three-strata forest:

  • A space where various tree species were planted, trees that will reach maturity in 20 years and complement Mont Boullé's forest canopy.

  • A terraced area mowed once a year, the seeding of which is aimed at making it a flowery meadow.

  • A grassy area that conjures the image of a picnic and relaxation.


November 2021 to June 2023

Budget $3 million
Status Finished
Impact The Vespasiennes were not accessible for the duration of the work.

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Getting to Vespasiennes des étangs

To make it easier to get around, here is the exact location of the Vespasiennes des étangs 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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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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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 areas: P10, P15

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