The Société du parc Jean-Drapeau invites Montrealers to discover its rich culture with the Sentier des îles, a new pedestrian path that takes visitors on a unique stroll through the Notre-Dame and Ile Ste. Hélène islands.
Families and sightseers can discover a variety of attractions on the trails, including sculptures, gardens, historic buildings, and the natural beauty of the park, all free of charge.
The new trail is open all year, from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., but is most accessible in the spring, summer and fall. The trek lasts about two and a half hours and has over 50 points of interest. It brings visitors on a walk through patrimonial buildings from Expo 67, the park’s gardens, and the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve. People can also take in and explore public art pieces, Jean-Doré beach and the Olympic basin, among other attractions.
The project was designed with the goal of getting people moving and promoting physical activity, as well as bringing attention to some of the unique and unusual areas in the park.
The new trail has both a six-kilometre and 10-kilometre option, marked by blue and green lines respectively. Both lines start at the Pavillon d’information of Espace 67 (the new outdoor event space of Parc Jean-Drapeau), and the pavilion is located a few metres away from the Jean-Drapeau metro station. There are informational pamphlets and maps available at the pavilion for curious sightseers.
The project was done in collaboration with the Intégral Jean Beaudoin workshop. Jean Beaudoin is an architect who specializes in urban design, lightscapes and infoscapes, and was an important part of the design of the trails.
The trails were first marked in the spring and were completed this past summer. Most recently, the names of buildings and art fixtures were added, completing the finishing touches on the new project. The trail is accessible for people with reduced mobility, as well as for families and visitors of all ages.
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