Île Notre-Dame is an artificial island located in the Saint Lawrence River in Montreal
. It is located immediately east of Île Sainte-Hélène and west of the Saint Lawrence Seaway and the city of Saint-Lambert
on the south shore. Together with Île Sainte-Hélène, it makes up Parc Jean-Drapeau
, which forms part of the Hochelaga Archipelago.
To the southwest, the island is connected to the embankment separating the seaway and Lachine Rapids.Parc Jean-Drapeau is officially recognized as a registered leg of the Route Verte and Trans Canada Trail.
In fall and spring, visitors to Île Notre-Dame primarily consist of gamblers at the casino and rowers and canoers at the Olympic Basin. During the coldest part of winter, ice skaters use the basin as a rink. City workers clear the snow from its icy surface as part of the annual winter festival, "La Fête des Neiges de Montréal". However, the ice rink was located on Saint Helen's Island
, close to the Jean-Drapeau metro station, the past few years. Cross-country skiers and snowshoers can also tour the area.
Circuit Gilles Villeneuve
Each summer, Île Notre-Dame's Circuit Gilles Villeneuve hosts the Canadian Grand Prix Formula One race and the NAPA Auto Parts 200 of NASCAR's Nationwide Series. The Circuit is open to the public when it is not being used for motorsports.