Outdoor fun for the family at Parc Jean-Drapeau - Tourisme Montréal Blog


Outdoor fun for the family at Parc Jean-Drapeau

  • When: All seasons
  • What: Family
  • Where: Parc Jean-Drapeau
Welcome to Montréal’s oasis—two huge recreational islands (Île Sainte-Hélène and Île Notre-Dame) offering the perfect green getaway from the bustling city for tourists and locals alike.



Parc Jean-Drapeau

Spanning two islands in the middle of the St. Lawrence River, the Parc Jean-Drapeau is home to a multitude of facilities and recreational opportunities that host a variety of festivals and events all year long. Île Sainte-Hélène is home to the ever-popular La Ronde amusement park and two museums and also welcomes large outdoor concerts as well as family events in the winter. Meanwhile, Île Notre-Dame is a favourite destination for cycling or in-line skating enthusiasts thanks to its 25-km network of paved trails.

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Go-to fests

Montréal invites the young at heart to tame the winter in a festive atmosphere! The Fête des Neiges is a free event on several weekends with a huge variety of winter activities: tube sliding, sled dog tours, skating, shows and a friendly snowball fight. In summer, the Piknic Électronik throws the season’s grooviest family-centric outdoor electronica party every Sunday and L’International des Feux Loto-Québec lights up the night sky with a kaleidoscope of pyromusical fireworks displays.

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Outdoor fun

Summer means “outdoors,” and Parc Jean-Drapeau boasts 25 km (over 15 miles) of cycling trails throughout the sylvan splendor of the islands. There’s swimming at the Beach and the Aquatic Complex, rowing and canoe-kayaking in the Olympic Basin, and training on the Trekfit training circuit. Or if you’re just looking for a Zen moment, hike the trails found all over the park.

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La Ronde

Summer also means fun with the kids, and La Ronde theme park was literally built for them. Québec’s largest amusement park welcomes millions of visitors annually to dozens of thrill and family rides. Kids can’t get enough of Aqua Twist, an exciting – and watery!—interactive family ride, the only one of its kind in North America.

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Stewart Museum

History buffs will love the Stewart Museum, where you can explore the history of Montréal and the influence of European civilization on the New World. The Stewart Museum also offers you a glimpse into the past through activities for the family.

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Biosphere Environment Museum

Go green at the Biosphere Environment Museum. Buckminster Fuller’s visionary geodesic dome—the United States pavilion during Expo 67—is an architectural masterpiece transformed into an interactive eco-museum hosting educational exhibitions on biodiversity, climate change, and sustainable development—our wondrous world, in all its glory.

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  1. Rick Roussel

    / May 30th

    Never Been need to explore



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