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April 3rd, 2013, 06:29 PM

I am going to be in Montreal for the next couple of weeks.
I will stay in Hotel Zero 1 - Boulevard René-Lévesque Est, Montreal, QC, Canada.

Could you tell if there is a swimming pool (25m or 50m) around this address where I can go and practice swimming?

Thanks in advance. Best Regards.

April 3rd, 2013, 08:47 PM
The olympic complex has one.
I am from Maine and when I was in HS, I'd never swum in a 50m pool. We went to Montreal on a trip and I wanted to bring my suit to the olympic complex. Mom told me "there's no way they just let people swim in it." Well, we went to visit it and there was open lap swim. I just about killed my parents :-)

April 4th, 2013, 02:00 AM
McGill University has a masters team and a decent 25M complex, but get out to Olympic Park and swim there if you can. There are a number of pools in the area, but some of them are more accessible if you have a car. As long as you dont mind walking, McGill is walkable from your hotel. The olympic pool has easy subway access. Check out www.swimmersguide.com for other pools.

April 4th, 2013, 10:35 AM
Hate to be the bearer of bad news but the Olympic pool is closed for renovations. Only the training pool (2x25m 6 lanes underneath the stands) is open. Here is the info (http://www.parcolympique.qc.ca/en/sports-centre/).

Some other options:

Cegep Vieux-Montreal (http://www.cvm.qc.ca/grandpublic/pages/index.aspx?idActualite=845) (salt water pool in community college) Closest to your hotel & has free swims most weekday evenings from 5:30-9pm--
Y downtown (http://www.ymcaquebec.org/en/centre/facilities/downtown-ymca/1/) Right downtown about 4 metro stops from hotel
Claude-Robillard (http://ville.montreal.qc.ca/portal/page?_pageid=7957,87901866&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL) further afield but a nice pool

April 4th, 2013, 05:57 PM
I hate to be the bearer of bad news but the main Olympic pool is closed for renovations. You can't even check it out right now. The training pool at the Olympic Stadium is open. It is a 2x25 6 lane pool under the bleachers and may not be worth the trip.

Two other options: The closest pool to you is Cegep Vieux Montreal--it has free swim every weekday evening except Monday evening from 5:30-9. It is a salt water pool (50m cut in 2x25m with between 4-14 lanes open for lap swim. The pool is on Saguinet and Ontario St. so about four blocks from the hotel you mentioned.

Another option close by is the pool at the Downtown YMCA on Stanley St. near Peel Metro.

Happy Swimming