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Address: 1 circuit Gilles-Villeneuve, Montreal, Quebec H3C 1A9, Canada
Phone Number: +1 514-872-6120
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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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Unique city centre attraction

Unlike major parks in most cities this one offers a range of activities accessible to all. The beach is worth it. Clean safe freshwater swimming a subway ride from downtown.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 21, 2015
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Greensburg, PA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

It's neat to see the Biosphere in person, but the park is just so-so. We appreciated most the ferry ride there and back (the long way, if you don't get the express ticket is a nice trip up the river).

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 NEW

Big swimming pool with lanes reserved for swimming. A bit dirty. Not shades or grass. Limited options for eating.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015 NEW

Unlike major parks in most cities this one offers a range of activities accessible to all. The beach is worth it. Clean safe freshwater swimming a subway ride from downtown.

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Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015 NEW

A lovely place to visit any time of year. The beach is great but can be crowded. My favourite time is the fall when leaves are changing and you can enjoy walking around visiting the various sites and enjoying a quiet picnic with family/friends. It is an inexpensive way to have a great family outing.

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Old Town, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Parc Jean-Drapeau is a must visit attraction if you're in Montreal. It's an easy subway ride away from Old Montreal, or you can opt to take the ferry over. You really don't realize how big the park is until you're actually on the island. I'd recommend definitely trying to catch a concert or a festival on the island, it's a... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Not much there. Unless you are headed to La Ronde, avoid. It looked run down and poorly taken care of.

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Leicestershire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015 via mobile

We had had enough of walking through the streets so I decided to check out Parc Jean-Drapeau. It's a great place for all! And it's accessible!! Compared to Montreal which isn't. So what is there? - Cycle track where adults and kids can hire bikes. Cheap and great fun! The track also allows skate boards and skates. - Water Park... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

The french present is the dome that is amazing in architecture, also in content, visit this place, during summer they have concerts in the park also you can visit the grand prix and casino. Visit in metro by car or by ship. Is nice to crose the river in a ship that gives you another perspective

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Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Cycle over the bridge to the island, speed around the F1 circuit, bring food and drinks for a picnic and don't miss the yearly Osheaga festival! It's one of my favorite places in the city

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015 via mobile

From the play structure to all the open grass areas where a pique-nique and soccer can be enjoyed, this park can occupy you and your family for the day! Don't forget your swimsuits and towels to swim at the aquatic centre or the beach. Also, take a walk in the Floralies gardens, beautiful for your eyes and your soul!

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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.