Not to be missed (Ste-Helene and Notre-Dame Islands)
On Ile Ste-Hélène
On Ile Notre-Dame :
- The hiking paths throughout the island going by the pond and up to the tower,
- The old fort and the David M. Stewart Museum on Île Ste-Hélène.
- The Biosphère, it's the old Expo'67 american pavillion that is now used as an interpretive center for the St-Laurent river and the great lakes. It's also an ecowatch center with an exhibit on the importance of water and its ecosystem. Unfortunatly, there is no live demonstrations, just four rooms with interactive displays.. still it's interesting. By the way, the sphere structure surrounding the center is the largest of its kind in the world.
- La Ronde, amusement park (closes on labor day weekend for the winter, opens on weekend the May 13th and full time May 30th 1995) on Ile Ste-Helene.
- The Calder sculpture, a large sculpture on the north-western side of the island.
- The Montréal Casino (a dress code is in effect), you better go by bus or park near the island, parking can be very difficult on the island itself (on Ile Notre-Dame). There are many slot machines, roulettes tables, black jack tables, etc. Be warned, the place is very busy. They recently added a new pavillion (the gold plated building to the east of the main pavillion) which is connected to the main pavillion through an overpass;
- Parc Plage (a filtered artificial lake surrounded by a beach), opened during the summer (!), on the south-western part of the island.
- La Fête des Neiges (February), winter activities on the islands, there's skating on the olympic bassin (very long "pool" where there's rowing in the summer), a giant slide, cross-country skiing and snow-shoeing as well as many other activities.
- The Gilles Villeneuve racing track, where the Canadian Grand Prix is held every year, you can visit the Grand Prix's web site. You can rollerblade or bike on the path or just walk on it... not during the week of the Grand Prix of course.
- The Floralies, it was a large international flower exhibition in the 80's on Ile Notre-Dame and since then there a permanent but smaller version every year on the same location.
N.B. Note that if you go by car to the islands, you'll have to take a different route depending on which island you want to visit. If you want to go to Ile Ste-Helene, you must take the Jacques-Cartier bridge; but if you want to go to the Ile Notre-Dame, you must take the La Concorde bridge (from Cite du Havre, west of the old port). You can't go directly from one island to another by car (only by bus).