Mayor Jean Drapeau visiting Peel metro Parc Jean-Drapeau. Jean Drapeau (1916-1999), mayor of Montreal 1954-7 and 1960-86, oversaw many pivotal events in Montreal's 20th century history, including the inauguration of Place des Arts; Expo 67 and the 1976 Olympics; the annexation of Rivière-des-Prairies, Saraguay, Ville Saint-Michel, and Pointe-aux-Trembles; and not least the construction of the metro. His service was marred by accusations of flagrant overspending on Expo and the Olympics, as well as autocracy in the destruction of public art projects and the expulsion by force of the gay village from downtown Montreal prior to Expo, but he was certainly one of Montreal's most important mayors.

The station being renamed Commemorative plaque

View of île Sainte-Hélène, with the Biosphère and Alexander Calder's sculpture ManFormerly called: Île-Sainte-Hélène (until 10 May 2001). Île-Sainte-Hélène (also called St. Helen's Island) was named in 1611 by Samuel de Champlain in honour of his wife Hélène de Champlain, née Boullé. The Le Moyne family of Longueuil owned the island from 1665 to 1818, when they sold it to the British government. The government built the fort, powder house, and blockhaus on the island after the War of 1812 with the Americans. After the Canadian government acquired it in 1870, it was made into a public park in 1874. In preparation for Expo 67, the island was more than doubled in size (in part using earth from the excavation of the metro) and its neighbour Île Notre-Dame was built entirely from scratch.

Text of the commemorative plaque:
Hommage à Jean Drapeau

En guise de reconnaissance à Me Jean Drapeau, maire de Montréal de 1954 à 1957 et de 1960 à 1986, grâce à qui le métro a vu le jour en 1966, et en souvenir d'Expo 67, une autre de ses grandes réalisations, les membres du conseil d'administration ont procédé, le 10 mai 2000, au changement du nom de la station Île-Sainte-Hélène par celui de Jean-Drapeau.

Société de transport de Montréal

Homage to Jean Drapeau

In honour of Jean Drapeau, mayor of Montreal from 1954 to 1957 and 1960 to; 1986, thanks to whom the metro was completed in 1966, and in commemoration of Expo 67, another of his major achievements, on 10 May 2000, the members of the Board of Directors changed the name of Île-Sainte-Hélène station to Jean-Drapeau.

Société de transport de Montréal

4,6 m deep
(60th deepest station)
1 281 651 entrances in 2006
(56nd busiest station)

To Berri-UQAM:
To Longueuil–Université-de-Sherbrooke:
2362,10 metres
Longest interstation distance in the network
1572,10 metres

Île Notre-Dame station was supposed to be located on the island of that name to help serve the Expo 67 fairgrounds; however, due to technical problems, the plan was abandoned. (Source: Métro, 20 September 2001, p. 9)

Although this station entered service on 1 April 1967, it was only accessible to Expo workers; it was opened to the public on the same day as Expo itself, 28 April 1967. (Source: Métro, 2 April 2007, p. 7)

The deepest point in the metro network is located between Jean-Drapeau and Berri-UQAM stations in the yellow line tunnel. Under rue Bonsecours, the tracks are 55 metres below ground level. (Source: Métro, 28 January 2003, p. 7)

La Ville imaginaire, by Charters de AlmeidaIn 1997, the Metropolitano de Lisboa (Lisbon metro system) donated a sculpture by Portuguese artist João Charters de Almeida, entitled La ville imaginaire, to the Montreal metro. Unfortunately, the sculpture was much too big to install in any metro station; consequently, the STCUM donated it to the City of Montreal, which installed it on île Sainte-Hélène near the landing of the ferry to the Old Port, not far from this station. Click here for more information.

Scenes from Denise Filiatrault's film C't'à ton tour, Laura Cadieux were filmed in this station (standing in for Place-des-Arts).

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Laura argues with a ticket taker in C't'à ton tour, Laura Cadieux
Ginette Reno in C't'à ton tour, Laura Cadieux

Image (c) 1997 Cinémaginaire

Image drapeau.jpg courtesy of the City of Montreal, Gestion des documents et archives (MD-50-29) and of Benoît Clairoux.