MONTREAL, May 23, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Parc Jean-Drapeau will be a popular spot this summer as everything is in place to welcome the millions of visitors who will be coming to enjoy the top-notch sports and activities centres and an outstanding program featuring more than 60 great events for people of all ages.
"Parc Jean-Drapeau hums with activity year-round, but the next few months are certainly going to be busy ones at the Parc, so we're inviting everyone to come and discover our two islands, which you can easily get to by car, subway, bicycle and even by river shuttle," said Daniel Blier, Executive Director of Parc Jean-Drapeau. "We've designed our program for people who love arts and shows and for sports fans, as well."
Culture and shows
The cultural aspect has always been a predominant part of Parc Jean-Drapeau's event programming, and this is continuing in 2013 with exhibitions and events which have grown in popularity over the years.
Every Sunday throughout the summer, electronic music enthusiasts will be pleased to see Piknic Électronik is back, and it runs until September 22. People who enjoy touring exhibitions will be able to go to the Stewart Museum or the Biosphère, Environment Museum, two places offering visitors a lively world of cultural discovery.
On July 6-7 and 13-14, Week-ends du monde will be celebrating the city's cultural diversity: dance, music and culinary discoveries will be at the heart of the festivities. Meanwhile, the Fête des enfants de Montréal is back this year providing family enjoyment, on July 20-21. You won't want to miss this entertaining event that puts the emphasis on discovery and cultural exchanges for children aged 12 and under.
Summer at Parc Jean-Drapeau will also feature a variety of shows, including the Osheaga Festival and the Heavy MTL Festival, two outdoor events staged in August by evenko.
Sports and entertainment
Sports fans are also going to be well served. Regarded as one of the major international sporting events in the country, the Grand Prix du Canada which runs every year on Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve will get the summer season underway as the world's top race-car drivers compete at Parc Jean-Drapeau, June 7-9.
Meanwhile, the Aquatic Complex and Olympic Basin will be the host for many competitive events. And both of these sport centres are open to the public, as is the Beach, which swings into operation on June 15, with a variety of activities such as swimming, beach volleyball and boat rentals.
The Parc is also a slice of paradise for cyclists, with 25 kilometres of bike trails, including access to Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve. And the annual Grand défi Pierre Lavoie road racing challenge will be crossing the finish line at Parc Jean-Drapeau on June 16. Éco-récréo, the Parc's partner, offers a full line of bicycles and Segway rentals all summer long.
Starting on June 22 there will be fireworks in the skies over Parc Jean-Drapeau as the International des Feux Loto-Québec presents the first of nine pyromusical shows on its summer schedule. This has become a must-see event and symbolic of summer in Montréal, as is the La Ronde amusement park, which opened on May 18. And if it's entertainment you're seeking, the Casino de Montréal, located at Parc Jean-Drapeau, will be welcoming tourists and visitors throughout the summer.
This is just a preview of Parc Jean-Drapeau's summer program, which enhances our position as an internationally renowned tourist destination. To find out all the details please go to the website at parcjeandrapeau.com.
SOURCE: PARC JEAN-DRAPEAU
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