Parc Jean-Drapeau is a district in Montreal. It is comprised of the islands Île Sainte-Helene and Île Notre-Dame in the Saint Lawrence river.
Get in edit
By metro edit
By ferry edit
Seasonal ferries run from the Old Port.
By bus edit
The seasonal 769 La Ronde shuttle connects Papineau metro station to La Ronde amusement park
By car edit
Access the island from Pont Jacques-Cartier at the north end of Île Sainte-Helene or pass by Habitat 67 and use Pont Condorde to the south. Parking is limited and expensive, running $10-15 flat rate depending on the season and events. Note that car access to and around the islands is cut off during Formula One races (obviously, since the road around Ile Notre Dame doubles as the race track) and other events.
Get around edit
By foot edit
There are a number of footpaths throughout the park, on both islands.
By bus edit
- 1 Montreal Biosphère, 160 Chemin Tour-de-l'Isle, ☏ , toll-free: , email@example.com. Jun 1-Sep 6: daily 10AM-5PM; Sep 7-May 31: Th-Su 10AM-5PM. The former United States pavilion from Expo 67, a geodesic dome designed by R. Buckminster Fuller. It now houses an Environment Canada museum dedicated to water and the environment. $22.75/adult, $20.5/senior, $16.5/student, $11.5/youth, $62.75/family.
- 2 Habitat 67, 2600 avenue Pierre-Dupuy (take Chemin du Moulins exit from Hwy 10 south), ☏ . This visually striking residential building was created by architect Moshe Safdie for Expo 67. The result was an amazingly modern dwelling that challenged the way architects created urban homes. Compared alternately to a beehive, a Taos pueblo, and a crystalline growth, the complex's 154 units are composed of prefabricated concrete cubes assembled on site. The apartments here are highly prized and a number of prominent Montrealers make Habitat 67 their home.
- 3 Formula 1 Grand Prix (Circuit Gilles Villeneuve), 2170 Pierre-Dupuy Avenue, Île Notre-Dame, ☏ , fax: , firstname.lastname@example.org. The Canadian Grand Prix or Formula One is a must-see for any petrolhead or sports fan. It attracts up to 100,000 people and spans a weekend, with practice and qualifying on Friday and Saturday and the race on Sunday. Wheelchair-accessible seats are available. The next F1 races are 16-18 June 2023.
- 1 Montreal Casino (Casino de Montréal), 1 Avenue du Casino, ☏ . 24 hours daily. Opened in 1993, this is the largest casino in Canada. Open to visitors aged 18 or older.
- 2 Osheaga Music and Arts Festival. A three-day indie & alternative rock festival held annually in Parc Jean-Drapeau on Île Sainte-Hélène at the end of July/beginning of August. Single day ticket from $159.
- Public pool (Complexe aquatique de l'île Sainte-Hélène). 16 Jun-24 Aug: daily 11:00-16:00, 25 Aug-14 Sep: Sa Su 11:00-16:0. Ages 6-13 $2.50, adult $5, 65+ $4.
- Beach park, ☏ . 20 Jun-24 Aug: daily 10:00-19:00. Clean water and sand attracts families to this small, man-made beach at the south tip of Ile Notre Dame. Activities include a playground, volleyball, and watercraft rentals. There are bathrooms, changing rooms, and a snack bar. Ages 14 and up $8, 6-13 $4, 65+ $7, family $20. Season passes available.
- Dragon Boats.
- Waterskiing and wakeboarding (L'école provinciale de ski nautique).
- Île Notre-Dame lake and at the Olympic Basin., ☏ . Summer. $35/hr. Reservations required.
- La Ronde, 22, chemin Macdonald (metro Jean-Drapeau). An amusement park that is a member of the Six Flags chain. Discounts are readily available: a Coca-Cola tin is worth an $8 discount on any rides ticket.
Picnicking is the most common form of dining on the islands, but there are a few snack bars scattered around (open Jun-Sep). For sit-down dining, head to the Casino on Ile Ste-Helen.
- Snack Bar Espace-Bouffe (métro Île Ste-Hélène, just outside Jean-Drapeau metro). 08:00-20:00. Basic chips-and-hot-dog snack bar. $1 and up.
- La Bonne Carte, 1 avenue du Casino (in the Casino, third floor). Lunch M-F 11:00-14:30, dinner Su-Th 16:30-closing, brunch Sa 11:00-14:30, Su 11:00-15:30. Lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch are offered at the Casino buffet. Brunch $19.95, lunch $15.95, dinner $25.95.
- Nuances, 1 avenue du Casino (located in the Casino, top floor), ☏ . Open Su-Th 17:30-23:00, F Sa 17:30-23:30. French haute cuisine with a Quebec edge served far removed from the noise of the casino. Choose between lobster, Quebec lamb, loin of deer, and other season specialties or try the chefs "discovery menu". Note, no exceptions are made to the Casinos: strict 18 & up policy. Mains $40-45.
- Festin du Gouverneur (in the Stewart Museum), ☏ . Apr-Oct: daily 18:00 and 20:30; Nov-Mar: daily 18:00; Dec: Su-Th 19:00, F Sa 18:30 and 20:30. Set menu (meat, fish, and veggie options) with historical reenactment show. $50 adults/$25 under 12.
There are no hotels on the islands, and you will therefore have to cross the Saint Lawrence river to find somewhere to sleep. The closest place to look would be Old Montreal or South West Montreal west of the islands, or Saint-Lambert east of the islands. But given the fact that Montreal Casino is open 24 hours daily, why would you want to sleep?
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