Dive in! Montréal is your host for world-class aquatic events

published on August 22, 2023
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Everyone loves making a splash in Montréal, whether it’s spending downtime at one of the many pools and beaches, catching a wave with your team aboard an event-class ship, or hosting team-building offsites on a rollicking whitewater raft — or surfboards, for the brave of heart. But sports event profs are taking the plunge in more serious way. Montréal is proud to be the host city for a growing number of world-class aquatic events, from the World Aquatics Diving World Cup 2023 to the Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Swimming Trials 2024, which decide who will compete in Paris 2024. Why Montréal? A few reasons!

Olympic (and other incredible) venues

Sports Centre at the Olympic Stadium

Built as the main venue for the 1976 Olympic Games, the Olympic Stadium was made to be spectacularly massive. The sports centre is open to both the international élite and regular fitness enthusiasts (whenever it isn’t being used for an event). Part of the province’s largest aquatic complex, this storied venue includes multiple pools, a gym and a sports medicine centre. The newly renovated aquatic facilities can be configured for both 25- and 50-metre swimming competitions and offer equipment that meets international norms, including starting blocks, a timing system and a diving tower.

  • Swimming
  • Diving
  • Water polo
  • Water sports & training

Complexe Sportif Claude-Robillard Pools

The spirit of the 1976 Olympic Games lives on in this world-class facility as well, also built for the event. This vast sport centre continues to host national and international competitions. The site is also home to five high-performance training groups and welcomes some 20 sport associations, several of which are élite level. The International size swimming pool includes a diving basic with diving basin with 3.5 and 10 metre towers.

  • Swimming
  • Diving
  • Underwater rugby
  • Water polo
  • Water sports, training & physiotherapy

Aquatic Complex at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Just off the island of Montréal but accessible within 20 minutes by metro, Parc Jean-Drapeau is home to one of the finest outdoor pool complexes in Canada. Offering a choice of first-rate pools and amenities, the Aquatic Complex includes an international-calibre competition pool, a diving pool and an Olympic-sized gradual-slope recreational pool for families. It’s available for events from May to September annually and is set amid a picturesque, lush green setting.

  • Swimming
  • Diving
  • Psicobloc
  • Water sports & training

There are a number of other indoor 50-metre pools in the city, including the Pointe-Claire Aquatic Centre, the Aquadôme and the Cégep du Vieux Montréal Pool. For more information on all of Montréal’s sports facilities, contact our Sports Events Montréal team — your ultimate Montréal sporting event partners.

Partners with savvy

Sports Events Montréal is a specialized team within Tourisme Montréal that works to attract, facilitate and promote a wide variety of sports events in the city of Montréal. Working closely with the Group of Sports Events Partners, a vast network of stakeholders in the fields of sports, event management and hospitality, we scout, bid and act as first point of contact to Montréal’s thriving sports and events ecosystem, providing tailor-made solutions to ensure that every Montréal sports event is successful, enriching and unforgettable.

Recent and upcoming aquatic events in Montréal

SCAS Montréal 2023

12th Underwater Rugby Championships

World Aquatics Diving World Cup 2023

Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Swimming Trials 2024

2024 U Sports Swimming Championships

National Water Polo Provincial Championships - Montréal 2022

Water Polo NCL 17U Eastern Conference Finals


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