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Parc Jean-Drapeau

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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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In the summer there are lots of shows here, there are also shows they have for families. This is the place that lots of festivities takes place. I have seen so many shows here.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

In the summer there are lots of shows here, there are also shows they have for families. This is the place that lots of festivities takes place. I have seen so many shows here.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

Built in 1964-66 with the rock excavated to build the Metro, this island has given a place to Flaura and Fauna..and some old pâvillons , remnants of Expo67. The Calder Statue and asurrounding places is now used by The Youth to hold raves late into the Night during the summer months. During the winter, it's a place to come appreciate... More 

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Lexington, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 NEW

We went over because I wanted to see the Biosphere, which was great, but this park has so much more to offer. We went and watched Formula 1 cars, crew, and cyclists. Lots to do and see.

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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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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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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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Brisbane
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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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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
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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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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.