One of the principle sites
of the 1st World
Outgames, this sector is a sport artery for
Montreal. Modern equipment for both indoor
and outdoor sport and recreational activities
with more than 2.3 million people frequenting
these installations per year; more than 40
disciplines throughout this sector. Numerous
athletes of international calibre train in
This is one site where Montréal
2006 will be creating a mini-village offering
different services like retail outlets and
information kiosks to respond to the needs
of participants and spectators alike. A variety
of different areas will be set up and available
for all types of activities in a festive
atmosphere capturing the vibrant spirit of
the 1st World
Initially constructed for the Olympic Games in 1976, the Claude-Robillard Sport Complex is named in honour of the City of Montréal’s first Chief Urban Planner. The sport complex regularly hosts a number of events like the Jeux de Montréal, the Défi Sportif (a competition for athletes with physical challenges), the telethon for research into children’s disease, exhibitions for deep-water diving, skidoos, not to mention national championships; it has even been transformed into a movie set on numerous occasions. The Montréal soccer team, Impact, regularly holds its matches here during the summer season.
Among all the sites of the 1st World Outgames, this sport complex is remarkable for its up-to-date installations respecting both international and Olympic standards.
Nicknamed the City of Sport, this complex is in fact two buildings: the principle complex itself and the arena Michel-Normandin flanked with numerous exterior terrains. It is located in the borough of Ahuntsic-Cartierville, at the intersection of the streets Christophe-Colomb and Émile-Journault, a short walking distance from the Crémazie métro station.
Some Technical Specifications:
Olympic-size swimming pool with adjustable depth (spectator stands with 2 651 fixed seats)
Diving pool (5 springboards of 1 m, 2 springboards of 3 m, 1 hydraulic springboard and platforms of 3 m, 5 m, 7 m and 10 m)
Double gymnasium (spectator stand of 480 fixed seats)
Multi sport gymnasium (track and field 200 m, with jump and throw areas – a spectator stand with 1 770 fixed seats and 1660 temporary seats)
Wrestling studios of Olympic format (2 combat surfaces)
Judo studio (2 combat surfaces)
2 Fencing rooms
Boxing Training Studio
2 Squash Courts
2 Racquetball Courts
Exterior Soccer and Track and Field (spectator stand of 7500 seats)
It wasn't just one sport that made Michel Normandin the best-known French language sportscaster in Canada in the '50s and '60s - it was many of them, including pro wrestling.
Normandin started his broadcasting career in 1935.
The arena is adjacent to the Centre sportif Claude-Robillard.
At the request of the Archbishop of Montréal, this college was originally founded back in 1927 by the Compagnie des prêtres de Saint-Sulpice de Montréal (The Mission of Saint Sulpice, Montréal).
The Collège André-Grasset was considered among the best classic colleges of the time though it was among the first to break with tradition by not providing residency for its students. The college is now a private education institution providing pre-university training.
It has a double gymnasium as well as a soccer field. Located on Crémazie Boulevard, close to the Complexe sportif Claude-Robillard, it is only a hop-skip away from the Crémazie métro station.
Little Italy, or Piccola Italia for the initiated, is a neighbourhood for one of the largest ethnic communities in Montréal.
A few minutes away from downtown, Little Italy is located in the heart of the Petite-Patrie neighbourhood between the streets Drolet and Clark (East/West) and between Jean-Talon and Saint-Zotique (North/South).
Italian immigration didn’t really start until around 1880, but increased dramatically with the beginning of the 20th century, especially after WW2.
The Italian community has given Montréal life a singular richness, especially through a number of cultural intuitions like the Casa Italia, the Notre-Dame-Della-Difesa Church (opened to the public in 1919 and named after a miracle that took place in Casacalenda, in the region of Campobasso in Italy), the incredible food market Milano, the hardware store Danté, the Caffé Italia and the Jean-Talon Market. This market, just recently modernised, now has a huge underground parking, allowing for more farmers and merchants to rent space, not to mention improving accessibility.