Parc Jean-Drapeau

Parc Jean-Drapeau, Montreal: Address, Phone Number, Parc Jean-Drapeau Reviews: 4/5

Parc Jean-Drapeau
4
Islands • Parks
Read more
About
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.
Suggested duration
More than 3 hours
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing
Tours & experiences
Explore different ways to experience this place.
Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.
Popular mentions

4.0
655 reviews
Excellent
311
Very good
229
Average
77
Poor
20
Terrible
18

Sachin K
Plainview, NY5,840 contributions
Jun 2019 • Family
This public park located to the east of downtown Montreal is easily accessible by metro. It is nice to walk around. It comprises 2 islands and one gets beautiful views of the surroundings, while walking though the park. Certainly worth visiting.
Written November 23, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

MariannePen
Middle island56 contributions
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, which was nice to see.

There was a music festival going on while we were there, so it was more busy than usual.

We walked the entire island and saw the Biodome & a museum that's also located on the island. I think there's a small theme park as well, but we didn't go. I would recommend bringing a bike and some water because it was a lot of walking. I think there might be a way to take a car over, but I'm not sure, the ferry that we took just brought people back and forth.

The one complaint I have was that there were thousands, if not millions, of these huge bugs all over the island. They were everywhere and would fly right into you. I don't mind the occasional bug, but these things were a little much. I'm not sure if bug spray would help but I would absolutely bring some with me if I ever went back.
Written April 11, 2015
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

JessyWe
Aberdeen, UK24 contributions
Jul 2012 • Friends
For $8 you get a day pass for the beach and lake - great when the temperature is well over 30 as it was when I visited. Lounge on the sandy beach in the sun or shade or cool off with a swim in the lake. there are life guards and the lake is reasonably shallow - massively popular with local families but not over crowded. Take a picnic or buy your food and drink there. Lockers available in the changing rooms but you need to provide your own lock.
Written July 26, 2012
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Steep_n_deep
Brossard, Canada110 contributions
I love going to the island by Bike. There is easy access via downtown (pont de la concorde or pont Jacques Cartier) or the south shore (pont Victoria or pont Jacques Quartier). I like biking around Ille St-Helene and the neighbouring Ille Notre-Dame.
Ile Ste-Helene is a great place to go for a picnic, a swim, a stroll in the park or many other leisure type activities. You can do the following :
* Enjoy a swim at the pool
* Walk on the many kms of trails in summer, X-C ski on them in winter
* Enjoy the fireworks at night during the international fireworks festival
* Visit La Ronde
To see all you can do, visit http://www.parcjeandrapeau.com/
Written January 3, 2009
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

hystria
Montreal14 contributions
Mar 2018 • Family
$7 parking for 1h, $13 parking for 2h, $18 parking for 3h+
How am I going to visit this parc weekly ?
I don't have a metro pass so tickets would be too much with kids.
We paid for this parc with our fees.
Now they say it's a 'touristic attraction'
I say it's our parc and 10 years ago parking was $2 for 1h.
Simply put, they cut the access to montrealers and saved this parc only for tourists.
Sorry Management, I know you will have an argument, but the actual result is that montrealers don't come here any long except for La Ronde and for the beach/pool.
How much money do you earn with these parking fees yearly ? Surely a small amount compared with the costs of maintenance.
But now montrealers can't access it.
Written March 31, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Alkiviadis T
46 contributions
Sep 2015
If you want to escape the hectic downtown of Montreal, then this is Parc is the solution! It is a nice and very green area located a stop away from Berri Uqam Metro station. You have the option to visit the Biosphere (a lot of stories and awareness about the environment), go to the aquatic centre (if it is a hot summer day) or simply take your book and relax by the riverside whilst looking at the big city across you!
Written September 28, 2015
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

JohnnyLumpkin
Annaberg-Buchholz, Germany31 contributions
May 2014 • Friends
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 the big city.
Written June 19, 2014
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Jeff_and_Joose
Bolton, Canada159 contributions
Mar 2013 • Couples
Ile Notre Dame is one of two islands in the middle of the St Lawrence river, in the middle of Montreal. It is a large, attractive park that reminds us of the Toronto islands, except you can get to these islands by car and by subway. Two weeks of the year it is home to the Canadian Formula 1 Grand Prix and you can actually drive a large section of the race track during off season because it is also the ring road around the outside of the island/park. ALWAYS respect the 30km/hour speed limit becuase there are a LOT of people out enjoying the island walking, biking, birdwatchers, etc. There is also smalllake in the middle of the island that has a beach that people use in the summer, but it was too cold for that when we were there. St. Helen's island is next door and it has the subway stop (Metro station Jean-Drapeau) that accesses the two islands. St. Helen's has some heritage buildings and an old fort. It had an ice hotel on it when we were there in March but it was too crowded to get in. The east end of that island has La Ronde which is a pretty cool looking amusement park with some big rollercoasters that is apparently owned by Six Flags. It was not open yet for the season when we were there but we will defintely go back to try it. These islands were a lot of fun when we were there on a sunny day in March and I can imagine how great it would be on a hot day in the summer.
Written April 21, 2013
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Mary B
Victoria, Canada1,371 contributions
Jun 2018 • Solo
The park is utterly torn up for renovation. Some day, it might be lovely and open once again and perhaps better than before, but for right now it is nothing but a maze of fencing-enclosed walkways through the construction!

Come only if you must -- i.e. it's the only way to the F1 GP track.
Written June 8, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

EmilyCrook
72 contributions
May 2018 • Couples
There's a lot of construction work going on at the moment. I'm sure it will be lovely when it's done but at the moment the construction work will significantly limit what you can see and several trails are closed which made it difficult for us to get around.
Written May 13, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
We are getting a makeover to offer you a beautiful park. Complete reopening in spring 2019. More difficult to get around for now, but still a lot to see: Biosphère, Stewart Museum, Casino de Montréal and mont Boullé trails are open. La Ronde and Aquatic Complex will open on May 19 and Jean-Doré Beach on June 20.
Written May 14, 2018
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Showing results 1-10 of 311
Anything missing or inaccurate?
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing
Frequently Asked Questions about Parc Jean-Drapeau

We recommend booking Parc Jean-Drapeau tours ahead of time to secure your spot. If you book with Tripadvisor, you can cancel up to 24 hours before your tour starts for a full refund. See all 6 Parc Jean-Drapeau tours on Tripadvisor