The city of Montréal is in fact a huge island seated in the heart of the St. Lawrence River. Drop by the Old Port, where you can choose from various types of cruises: river boat excursions, getaways to Québec City by hydrofoil and raft trips down Lachine’s raging rapids. Facing the Old Port of Montréal lie two islands that were transformed to play host to the 1967 World’s Fair, otherwise known as Expo 67. Today, these islands are bustling with leisure activities. Île Notre-Dame boasts a luxurious casino, a floral park born of the 1980 Floralies internationales, a beach, cycling and in-line skating paths and the Gilles-Villeneuve racetrack, which hosts such international-calibre events as the Formula One Grand Prix and the Molson Indy. Meanwhile, Île Sainte-Hélène is home to the Biosphère, a water museum dedicated to the St. Lawrence, a popular amusement park (La Ronde) and the Stewart Museum, a history museum located in a fort built in 1824 that houses exhibitions on the exploration and colonization that took place along the river.
Metro Jean-Drapeau METRO and Bus 167 – or inquire at the Dorchester Square tourism counter or at your hotel for free bus services, or take a taxi from downtown
The Montreal Casino
1 Avenue du Casino, Montréal, QC H3C 4W7
514-392-2746, 1 800-665-2274
The Casino de Montréal is a 24/7 extravaganza of gambling, food and drink. Built inside the pavilions of France and Quebec from Expo ’67, it’s a multi-level experience of roaring, tinkling fun. Bring money.
22 chemin MacDonald, Île Sainte-Hélène
Montréal, Québec, Canada, H3C 6A3
(514) 397-2000 (Information)
Just a stone’s throw from downtown, La Ronde has more than 40 rides and attractions for the whole family and free shows, including the Haute Voltige divers, who jump from incredible heights! Petite Ronde offers eight rides for the little ones, and Choubidou and his merry band will delight everyone with colourful entertainment and shows!
20 chemin du Tour-De-L’Isle, Montréal, Québec, Canada, H3C OK7
(Access : Jacques-Cartier Bridge, exit Jean-Drapeau Park (Pay Parking P7)
Metro Jean-Drapeau (yellow line). 10 minute walk)
(514) 861-6701 Fax (514) 861-2211
The Stewart Museum is reopening end of June 2011 following two and half years of renovations. The new permanent exhibition called History and Memory will feature more than 500 objects, some shown for the first time. The Stewart Museum was established in 1955, and is located inside a Fortified British Arsenal in use 1824-1870.
Guided visit, educational visit are organized year round. The Museum is open from Wednesday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission. Children under 6 are free.
160 chemin du Tour-De-L’Isle
Montréal, Québec, Canada, H3C 4G8
(514) 283-5000 Fax : (514) 283-5021
Housed in the former Expo 67 U.S. pavilion, Environment Canada’s Biosphere is the only museum devoted to the St. Lawrence River and the Great Lakes ecosystem. Theme-based exhibit halls, multimedia presentations and various activities make it an ideal place to have fun while learning about our planet’s most valuable resource and how to protect it.
Grand Prix du Canada
June 11 – 13, 2004
(514) 350-0000 (Ticket office) Fax (514) 350-4709
The only Formula 1 race in Canada. The world’s best auto racers test their skills on the demanding Gilles Villeneuve Circuit.