Montreal’s Notre-Dame Island (Île Notre-Dame) is an artificial man-made island. It was built from 15 million tons of excavated rock used in the construction of Montreal’s Metro system in 1965. The island was opened just in time for Expo ’67. It is located on the Saint Lawrence River immediately east of Sainte-Hélène Island and west of the Saint Lawrence Seaway. It is part of Montreal’s Jean-Drapeau Park along with Saint Helen’s Island.
Attractions on Notre-Dame Island
Notre-Dame Island offers various water activities year-round. In the winter months, Notre-Dame Island contains a skating rink. The Floralies gardens are located at the centre of the island. The Olympic Basin is also located on Notre-Dame Island. This basin is the largest artificial rowing basin in North America. A large beach is available on the island. The Montreal Casino is also located on Notre-Dame Island.
Events at Notre-Dame Island
Every year, the Canadian Grand Prix takes place on Notre-Dame Island’s Jacques Villeneuve Circuit. The Jacques Villeneuve Circuit is also used for the NAPA Autoparts 200 as well as other racing events. Another popular activity held on Notre-Dame Island is The annual Winter Carnival (La Fête des Neiges de Montréal).
Seasonal Activities on Notre-Dame Island
The island features a park area which contains a small lake with a large beach. The beach is open during the summer season for many aquatic activities. During the winter, the Island is available for ice skating, cross country skiing and snowshoeing.