A Montréal municipal Web site
Experiencing My City
Quand Montréal célèbre ses Jeux

Montréal's 40th Olympic Anniversary

Published on
June 22, 2016
Our city’s love of sports has played a major role in its history. Forty years ago, the world’s eyes were riveted on Montréal during the 1976 Olympics. The Finale des Jeux du Québec will mark this anniversary in particularly festive style.

From July 17 to 25, some 3,700 12- to 17-year old athletes will compete amicably—and intensely—in 17 sports disciplines. These youthful players will be tomorrow’s Olympic medallists and high-performance athletes! Plus, two-time gold medallist and freestyle skier Alexandre Bilodeau will be there to inspire them, as event spokesperson. 

Meets will be held at some 20 sites, including several—such as the Olympic Stadium, the Olympic Pool, the Claude-Robillard Sports Complex, Pierre-Charbonneau Centre, Jarry Park and Pierre-Bédard Park—used for the ‘76 Olympics. This is an incredible setting for the athletes–and spectators! Indeed, it was right here in Montréal that the amazing Nadia Comaneci made history with a “perfect 10” performance on the uneven bars! 

Celebrate in the Stadium

Free concerts at the Olympic Stadium will punctuate this sports festival. The opening ceremony will be held on July 17, with the arrival of the Olympic Flame to what is certain to be an unforgettable, electrifying performance by ALEX NEVSKY. On July 21, a multimedia show will commemorate the 40th anniversary of the 76 Olympics with performances by MARIE-MAI, ARIANE MOFFATT and the group WALK OFF THE EARTH. The grand closing ceremony on July 25 will provide a glimpse of the Rio Olympics, which will kick off a few days later. A SURPRISE GUEST is expected!

For more information on our culture calendar

Daily Festivities

Throughout this nine-day event, we will celebrate the ’76 Olympics along the Olympic Stadium’s Esplanade. Music, dancing, circus acts and gymnastic performances will be listed on the Espace 40e schedule. Sportier fans may wish to join in friendly demo matches during the Finale. Plus, street food trucks will be standing by with tantalizing treats. There will also be a picnic area nearby.

Place des Jeux, on the second level of the Claude-Robillard Sports Complex will host an exhibition featuring athletes of all levels, along with information on new sports. While there, you can pick up official souvenirs from the Boutique des Jeux.

Sports and More Sports

In addition to the Finale des Jeux du Québec, there will be several major sports events in Montréal over the next two months. They include:

  • The Triathlon (Old Montréal, August 7): officially added this year to the World Cup schedule, this international event is open to elite and amateur athletes. 
  • The Grand Prix Cycliste (September 11): one-day race and part of the UCI WorldTour.
  • The Montréal Marathon (September 25): 5, 10 and 21 km events will also be held.

Sports Calender