Montreal’s sporting geography
Examining the legacy of Montreal’s 1976 Summer Olympics
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.