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Parc Jean-Drapeau

The majestic Parc Jean-Drapeau site is steeped in history: its discovery, development and expansion, the 1967 World's Fair and its Man and His World theme, the 1976 Summer Olympics, the opening of Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve for the staging of the Formula 1 Grand Prix du Canada, the first festival on the parterre of île Sainte-Hélène, and much more!

The unique parc Jean-Drapeau, renowned for its diverse cultural and sports programming, is the perfect place for family, couples and friends getaways, only 5 minutes from downtown Montreal!


The history of Parc Jean-Drapeau and its notable events


  • EXPO 67: The World Expo of 1967 at Parc Jean-Drapeau welcomed 62 participating nations and over 50 million people who visited numerous pavilions, which had the theme Man and His World.


  • A BEACH IN MONTREAL: In 2015 for the 25th, the Beach of Parc Jean-Drapeau is renamed as a tribute to the mayor of the time who initiated and directed to the project: Jean Doré. But how did this project come about?


  • BIOSPHERE: Before becoming an Environment museum, Buckminster Fuller's Biosphere had several vocations. Discover the story!


  • THE AQUATIC COMPLEX: Previously named the Chalet des Baigneurs, then the Pavillon des Baigneurs, Parc Jean-Drapeau's Aquatic Complex has had various vocations over the years.


  • THE OLYMPIC BASIN & THE MONTREAL OLYMPIC GAMES: Although the name suggests it, many do not know that the Olympic Basin was built to serve the canoe competitions and rowing during the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal.


Mission of the Société du parc Jean-Drapeau


The mission of the Société is to administrate, operate, develop, maintain and animate Parc Jean-Drapeau, which includes Sainte-Hélène and Notre-Dame islands in Montréal. In carrying out its mission, the Société oversees the staging of regional and international recreation-tourist activities.

Parc Jean-Drapeau stages many recreation-tourist attractions that make it a unique site in Canada, enhanced by the fact a subway station services the park.

This outstanding park, which was created at the time of the world's fair, Expo 67, attracts sports enthusiasts, young families, culture aficionados, nature lovers and visitors who attend its international events. Its areas of attraction are enlivened by concerts, sports events and major festivals that contribute to its diversity...all this a mere five minutes from downtown Montréal!

The Société du parc Jean-Drapeau is a paramunicipal organization established by the Charte de la Ville de Montréal. In 1999, the Parc des Îles de Montréal was renamed Parc Jean-Drapeau, in honour of the man who was the mayor of Montréal for 30 years (until 1986) and the one who brought the world's fair, Expo67, to the city. In 2005, the Parc's corporate name officially became Société du parc Jean-Drapeau.



The Jean-Drapeau subway station is located right in the heart of Parc Jean-Drapeau. For fast and easy access to the Parc, the subway is still the best way to go!

Shuttle service from the subway station:
777 Casino
767 La Ronde / La Plage Free at all times!
(Summer season only)
769 La Ronde (When La Ronde is open)


All roads lead to Parc Jean-Drapeau... but to make life easier for you, please note that there are only two points of entry to the Parc if you are coming by car.
Jacques-Cartier Bridge
Concorde Bridge
Bonaventure Expressway, Pierre-Dupuy exit
Just follow the signs for the Casino de Montréal


Parc Jean-Drapeau puts many pay parking areas at the disposal of visitors. The parking areas are close to the venues where the events and attractions are held.


From Montréal:
Take the cycling lane on the Jacques-Cartier Bridge.
Take the Lachine Canal cycling path, near the Old Port, and follow the directions for Cité du Havre, then for Parc Jean-Drapeau.

From the South Shore:
Take the cycling lane on the Jacques-Cartier Bridge.
Take the Victoria Bridge link that leads directly to Parc Jean-Drapeau.


During the summer season, Parc Jean-Drapeau visitors can take the river shuttle as an original means of transportation from Montréal's Old Port (Jacques-Cartier Pier).

Passengers can also bring along their bikes since they have access to a network of cycling paths at each stop.


1, circuit Gilles-Villeneuve
H3C 1A9 Montréal


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