Collection of photographs features Île Sainte-Hélène and Ile Notre Dame, two full of year-round fun islands on the St. Lawrence river facing Old Port Montreal.
Ile Notre Dame is a man made island featuring racing track, Olympic size rowing basin, the Montreal casino and the beach on the lake next to casino, while Île Sainte-Hélène is home to Biosphere – an environment museum, La Ronde amusement park, in the summer months also hosts outdoor concerts, Montreal international fireworks festival, Children’s festival and it’s place where in cold months of winter snow and ice power fun behind the Winter Festival.
The Biosphère is a museum dedicated to the environment. Structure itself was the pavilion of the United States on the Expo 67, World Fair 1967 held in Montreal.
Fête des enfants de Montréal
Children’s festival is held annually on Ile St Helene, around mid August.
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Fête des neiges de Montréal
On Ile St Helene, Fête des neiges de Montréal, or fun on the snow and ice, visitors enjoy from late January until early February.
Sculpture and view on downtown Montréal
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Dragon boats in Montréal
Dragon boat race is held annually in Olympic basin on Ile Notre Dame. There are few versions of the story explaining an origin of Dragon Boat Race. Here you’ll find the story we have been told by the competitors.
Chinese mythology tells us story about the poet by name Chu Yuan who committed suicide by drowning in a river. Soon after that villagers took to the river on boats decorated with dragons and beat the drums to scare away evil spirits from poet’s body.
Today’s racers have their boats decorated with dragons, drummer and drum accompanies each boat, same as it happened for the first time around 280BC.
Montreal International Fireworks Competition
The Montreal International Fireworks Competition is held from June through August, usually on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Fireworks are lunched from Ile Saint Helene. Public can get the front seat to watch fireworks from the island, but they can be seen also from Old Port Montreal or from Jacques Cartier Bridge, closed for the traffic during the event.
Circuit Gilles Villeneuve
Michael Schumacher in red Ferrari followed by one of Jordan formulas in F1 race held on June 15, 2003 in Montreal.
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