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Parc Jean-Drapeau

Parc Jean-Drapeau
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Address: 1 circuit Gilles-Villeneuve, Montreal, Quebec H3C 1A9, Canada
Phone Number: +1 514-872-6120
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Activities: Swimming, Picnicking
Description: Parc Jean-Drapeau, which is comprised of the two islands, Sainte-Helene...
Parc Jean-Drapeau, which is comprised of the two islands, Sainte-Helene and Notre-Dame, is in a state of constant effervescence. With an array of recreational and event-related attractions, it's a one-of-a-kind place in Canada. Renowned for its diverse cultural and sports programming, it is the perfect place for family, couples and friends getaways, only 5 minutes from downtown Montreal! Accessible par public transportation (Jean Drapeau station), by bike or by car. Heir of Expo 67 and the 1976 Olympic Games, Parc Jean-Drapeau continues to inspire our 1.7 million visitors annually by the quality of its facilities including its rental venues and diversified programming, both cultural (Osheaga, Heavy Montreal, Piknic Electronik, winter festival, etc.) and sports (F1 Canadian Grand Prix on the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve, FINA Masters Championships, dragon boat races, Olympic pool, etc.).
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Nice Weekend Getaway with Family!!!

This is huge park and lot of activities for kids in summer. There is something going on in every season of the year, but we visited only in summer. Nice park to spend some quality... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 17, 2015
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English first
15 reviews 15 reviews
9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

This is huge park and lot of activities for kids in summer. There is something going on in every season of the year, but we visited only in summer. Nice park to spend some quality time with family or friends.

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Middle island
13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

My husband and I ventured over to this island while staying in Old Montreal for a little getaway from the city. You can take a ferry over from the port to the island. You buy your tickets at the dock. The ferry ride is really nice and on the way back it took a longer route, stopping at another island,... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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73 reviews 73 reviews
20 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

Ile Sainte-Helene is a good place to do cycling with friends or with your romantic girlfriend. By night the view on Montreal is awesome.

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433 reviews 433 reviews
254 attraction reviews
272 helpful votes 272 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

I had been to the island during Expo 67 and wanted to see what remained. Almost nothing on the original Expo site, although further over is the Casino (on adjacent island Ile Notre-Dame) and La Ronde (amusement park). The biosphere is still there as are a number of sculptures, etc but it now appears to be used occasionally for temporary... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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34 reviews 34 reviews
15 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

We went in October and most things were closed and the island was virtually abandoned! I think leave this one to the summer months.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

Beautiful place and nature which is rare in the world. Maybe God painting the place by autumn . Suggest you all to visit place which Biosphere and Casino is placed here too

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Calgary, Canada
15 reviews 15 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Ile Sainte-Helene or St. Helen's Island is a unique spot in Montreal. The original island was much smaller than it is today. A British garrison fort, city swimming pools and picnic areas were all the island offered until 1967. In preparation for Expo 67, dredging equipment enlarged the island to twice its original size and connected it to Isles Rondes... More 

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Montreal, Quebec, Canada
11 reviews 11 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

This lush green island flanks the south-eastern shore of Montreal island and provides access to the circuit Gilles Villeneuve (formula 1 race track) and a variety of bucolic outdoor open spaces where you can take a break from the summer heat of the city. Bring a picnic and get there by bicycle or public transport to avoid parking fee. Beautiful... More 

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Bremen, Germany
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110 reviews 110 reviews
34 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

I supposed when I got there I managed to catch the few sunny days of Canadian summer! It was really nice. The Metro station leaves you right in the middle of the island. There was an outdoor swimming pool full with people (I regretted not having a bathing suit with me, or more time!) and the park was full with... More 

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Oldenburg, Niedersachsen, Germany
12 reviews 12 reviews
9 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

This place is an artificial island, made for the world fare in the 60s. Nowadays it has a museum, a public pool and several other recreational things. It even hast its own three-stops-metro-line, so you can get there really fast. I actually didn't quite understand why it was so empty since it is a really natury spot just outside of... More 

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The islands of Saint-Helene and Notre-Dame together make up the anchored fabric of Parc Jean-Drapeau. The mostly man-made grounds were built to be the site of the 1967 World's Fair, and the chiefly car-free space still retains its inherited carnival character. A wonderland of foliage and flora awaits at the Jardins des Floralies, with its expanse of pond-marked wetlands making it perfect for hiking, nature walks, and exploration. Old exhibitions still straddle the newest entertainment complexes, including the high-flying roller coasters of La Ronde Amusement Park and the brightly-lit Casino de Montréal. From the springtime on, families crowd the sandy beaches with candy-striped umbrellas, and rowers take to the Olympic Basin, where the spherical American Pavilion and the high brick Tour de Lévis provide an atypical backdrop. A short metro trip carries visitors and locals to this vacationing spot, providing leisure and activity outside of the inner city.