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Parc Jean-Drapeau

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Address: 1 circuit Gilles-Villeneuve, Montreal, Quebec H3C 1A9, Canada
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+1 514-872-6120
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

A jewel nestling in the St. Lawrence River, Parc Jean-Drapeau is without...

A jewel nestling in the St. Lawrence River, Parc Jean-Drapeau is without doubt one of Montreal most precious assets and a one-of-a-kind place in Canada.

Discover this riche urban park spread amongst Sainte-Hélène and Notre-Dame islands and enjoy outdoor activities including kilometres of cycling paths, the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve, public art, colourful gardens and walking trails that provide an amazing view of downtown Montréal. The park is also home to partners like the Casino de Montréal, La Ronde, Stewart Museum, the Biosphere and environment museum.

Heir of Expo 67 and the 1976 Olympic Games, Parc Jean-Drapeau continues to inspire million of 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, dragon boat races, etc.).

Due to the development of a new and modern natural amphitheatre, construction works are currently underway in the southern sector of St. Helens’ Island restricting access to certain activity and mobility around the park. The use of public transportation to get to the Parc Jean-Drapeau is strongly suggested. Visit our website to plan your visit and learn more about how to get to each attraction.

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Great place to ride bikes

Parc Jean-Drapeau is on the site of Expo 67. It is a great place to ride bikes, although the Bixi (city rental) bikes have to be checked in every half hour. That made it tough to... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
MaryAnne M
Evansville, Indiana
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Whether it was just too early in the year...but the place seemed deserted and extremely run down. Shocked that the Grand Prix is only 2 weeks away and the place was a mess.... gardens needed so much attention, and general public areas looked sad.

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Evansville, Indiana
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Parc Jean-Drapeau is on the site of Expo 67. It is a great place to ride bikes, although the Bixi (city rental) bikes have to be checked in every half hour. That made it tough to take a long bike ride. There's an aquatic center that wasn't open while we were there.

Thank MaryAnne M
Pierrefonds, Canada
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

this is a great place to get to go and see great shows and you also can go there and have a picnic be by the St Lawrence River go White water rafting see some old Pavillons that are still there from Expo 67

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Did you know that the Montreal Casino used to be the French Pavilion at the 1967 world Expo? The audio tour from Portrait Sonore about the Expo 67 site, includes buildings which are still there as well as photos of those that were dismantled. The history of the site and other information on the places you can see from the... More 

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Parking fees $6.50/h everywhere in the parc. The parc has been deserted by Montrealers. You may go by metro, but it's remote from all points of the parc. Families with kids have no choice to come by car, but no longer possible because of the exorbitant cost of parking.

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Pierre, South Dakota
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There is a great vision for this area and I am confident it will be a great attraction in the coming years. For now, it's simply a nice place to walk and get away from the hustle-bustle of Montreal. I will say, however, that it provides a great view of the Montreal skyline and plenty of photo opportunities. We did... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Biodome was the main attraction for us here. However, there was closed since it was a holiday. Outside of the biodome had an art exhibition which was pretty good. It would be a great place to take children to and to walk and explore especially in the summer time. Great site for pictures as well.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had a nice time doing some hiking and walking around, but that was pretty much it. I visited in early April, so many outdoor attractions weren't open for the season yet. I was also disappointed that the day I visited, the Biosphere was closed. Probably would have been a better visit if we got to actually see the energy museum... More 

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Reviewed April 11, 2017

The site of the 1967 world expo transform in a parc that was the host of the world floralies the island is the host of the grand prix on the Jaques Villeneuve track, have a vast island parc

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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed April 8, 2017 via mobile

We went there to have a look at the attractions on the island. It was nice park but wasn't special. I'm not sure if this was because it was winter. It felt a little bit grubby. I would like to see this in summer to see if it would be better.

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Parc Jean-Drapeau
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.
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