Parc Jean Drapeau, Montreal

3.5 out of 5 stars 5 Reviews

1, circuit Gilles-Villeneuve Montreal H3C 1A9 (514) 872-5691

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  • Montreal from the ferry dock
    Montreal from the ferry dock
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  • Man, dog, ball, bridge
    Man, dog, ball, bridge
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    Biodome...
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    Parc Jean Drapeau - a bit dull

    by Orchid Updated Sep 7, 2013

    Our second day in Montreal dawned cloudy and warmer than the previous day. The humidity was also on the rise. We took the Metro to the Parc Jean Drapeau ,on the Ile Ste Helene, in the middle of the St Lawrence River.

    Sadly, the park was a little shabby around the edges, and had that amusement park in the off season feel about it. Empty, windswept and seen better days.

    It does have a big 'Biodome' in it.

    You can't miss it.

    It is very big.

    It was also very deserted this day, so we gave it a miss.

    We saw two other things of interest on the island. At the ferry dock, there is a reasonable view of Montreal's modest skyline.But the day was grey, and the only thing which really stood out was a black dog and his master, dressed in grey, out for a walk. The dog patiently waited for his master to toss him a bright orange ball. Which he would then return to his master, and wait for the process to be repeated. When the man continued on his way, the dog picked up the ball, and followed along. Everything in the sequence was monochrome, except for this bright orange ball.

    The other interesting thing we saw was a groundhog, running into the trees when we startled it, a very long way from Punxatawney, and a very long way from winter.

    Montreal from the ferry dock Man, dog, ball, bridge Biodome...
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    Parc Jean-Drapeau

    by Tom_Fields Written Oct 9, 2009

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    L'Ile Sainte Helene, on the St Lawrence River, is a popular place for outdoor recreation. It also has some points of interest that make it worth visiting. As of 2009, the Fort Stewart museum is closed, but during my visit some bagpipers from the fort put on a public show. The Levis Tower, built in the 1930s, offers a wonderful view of the city and the river.

    The lake at l'Ile Sainte Helene Fort Stewart The Levis Tower The view from the Levis Tower Bagpipers from Ft Stewart
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    Piknic Electronik: Cutting Edge Electronic Music

    by xedenx Written Jan 26, 2008

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    Bring picnic blankets, a bagged sandwich and after choosing your favorite grassy spot, lie down and enjoy some of the best electronic music you'll ever hear. Set in Parc Jean-Drapeau, listening to live DJ's and watching the sun set over the river is an experience you won't easily forget. The view of downtown on one side, and the mesh sphere of Expo 67 on the other. Piknik Electronik is a weekly Sunday afternoon event over the summer, starting at 1pm and going until 8pm.

    Piknic Electronik is family friendly, it's aim is to expose a wider public to electronic music, since it's usually associated with club-goers and raves. $5 CAD to enter the park, children under 14 are free. Go early to suntan, or go late to watch the sun set. Or, do both =)

    Dancing to the live DJ's at Piknic Electronik Best sign ever! Picnic lunch The sun setting over downtown Montreal
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    Parc Jean Drapeau

    by iam1wthee Written Jul 24, 2007

    This is a huge park which has recently been expanded. It houses the casino, biosphere, pool, fake beach, paddle boat lake, la ronde amusement park, grand prix, and gardens. There are also areas designated for various events. When I went they had the Carifiesta party and electomusic festival held here. It was also good to see the fireworks from here as well. On weekends there are normally free concerts in the park. There is a free historical tour on a trolley that takes you around the park. When I took it the tour was based on Expo 67 because it was there 40th anniversary.

    It is a lovely place, but just to warn you occassionally you will see some ground hogs there. Luckily, none of them bothered me.

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  • Parc Jean-Drapeau (or Parc-des-Iles)

    by levoyageur Written Mar 3, 2003

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    Parc Jean-Drapeau is a large park in two differents islands in the Saint-Laurent river between the cities of Montréal and Longueuil. The access is easy by the Jean-Drapeau metro station or by bike from Concorde Bridge. You can practice a lot of activites like bicycle, rollerblade, swim in the beach, take sun, rent a boat and discover the different channel, visit the Montreal casino, the historical Fort Stewart (1820) (http://www.stewart-museum.org/) or just relax...

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