Mon­treal’s sport­ing ge­og­ra­phy

Ex­am­in­ing the legacy of Mon­treal’s 1976 Sum­mer Olympics

The McGill Daily - - Sports - Ros­alind Sweeney-mc­cabe & Louis Sanger The Mcgill Daily

For the first time in the sport­ing ge­og­ra­phy photo se­ries, the Daily leaves the Olympic Park. Head­ing to Ile- Ste-he­lene, pho­tog­ra­pher Ros­alind Sweeney-mc­cabe doc­u­ments the Olympic Basin. The Basin is a 2km long ar­ti­fi­cial pond, built to host row­ing, ca­noe­ing, and kayaking com­pe­ti­tions. It is one of the only venues that still serves its orig­i­nal pur­pose as a recre­ational or com­pet­i­tive boat­ing area. There is also a pond hockey tour­na­ment, the Clas­sique Mon­tre­alaise, held an­nu­ally at the Olympic Basin. Dur­ing the sum­mer sea­son, it is open to any­one wish­ing to row, ca­noe, or kayak, although there are times when it is rented out by clubs. The Olympic Basin is found in Parc Jean Dra­peau, on Ile- Ste-he­lene.

Over­grown plants line the en­trance to the seat­ing area, where sev­eral seag­ulls nest.

Look­ing to­ward the start/fin­ish line from the grand­stand. Sev­eral peo­ple were run­ning around the empty lane sur­round­ing the basin. Be­side the wa­ter, many signs stated that swim­ming is for­bid­den. Be­hind the grand­stand, con­crete di­viders are stored for the Mon­treal Grand Prix For­mula 1 race.

The seat­ing at the Olympic Basin is iden­ti­cal to that found at other olympic venues, such as the Stade Olympique. How­ever, at the basin, only one sec­tion re­mains while the rest of the grand­stand is only con­crete steps.

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