Esplanade Tranquille

Esplanade Tranquille

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This new public space in the heart of the Quartier des Spectacles is a versatile, all-ages destination open year-round. It is a welcoming spot with a diverse cultural program.

There is a refrigerated skating rink in winter, a comfortable terrasse in summer, and a multipurpose pavilion that include, common areas for taking a break, a café, Galaxie Brasserie restaurant, a game rental counter and a self-serve library. Esplanade Tranquille also has an all-seasons festive side, with intimate performances presented by the many festivals and events based in the Quartier.

Come have a look at your new space – your own backyard, the perfect place to have fun and get together with friends!


Official opening Thursday, December 1st at 5 p.m. Get your skates ready!

The refrigerated rink is free for all skaters! A Quebec winter classic, it welcomes you to enjoy the pleasures of winter in the heart of downtown Montreal – even when the ambient temperature rises as high as 10°C. With a surface measuring 1,500 m2 (16,000 sq. ft.) its capacity is up to 400 skaters. The rink is carefully maintained: a Zamboni, decorated in Quartier des Spectacles colours, resurfaces the ice every 90 minutes.

A counter operated by Patin Patin, located in the Repaire inside the pavilion, provides skate, helmet and padlock rentals as well as a skate sharpening service.

Visit the Patin Patin website for more information on their services and equipment available.


Esplanade Tranquille pavilion

  • Sunday to Wednesday: 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Thursday to Saturday: 9 a.m. to midnight

Skating rink

  • Sunday to Wednesday: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Thursday to Saturday: 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.

No charge for skating rink access.
Schedule is subject to change depending on weather conditions and/or event programming.

Rental counter and changing room

  • Sunday to Thursday: 9 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
  • Friday and Saturday: 9 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.

Reserving assistance devices for persons with reduced mobility

It is now possible to borrow special equipment that makes it possible for everyone to enjoy the rink! The devices are free, but a reservation is required:

  • 2 walkers
  • 1 tubular sled chair*
  • 1 lugiglace (for wheelchair users)*.

*The sled chair and lugiglace require a second person to help with steering.

Reserve on the Patin Patin website.



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The Esplanade Tranquille welcomes you with a wide variety of free cultural activities and amenities to make the most of warmer days outdoors.

Discover the pavillon and its public spaces:

Le Repaire

This ground-floor space is a changing room for skaters to change clothes, use the lockers and washrooms or rent skates.

Our partner, Patin Patin, offers equipment rentals (skates, helmets, learning aids, padlocks) and provides a skate sharpening service.

For more information, visit the Patin Patin website.

Le Grand Salon

Upstairs, the Grand Salon is an inviting and comfortable public lounge – a great place to relax and socialize. It welcomes skaters after a long day outside or anyone who simply wants to take a break by the fireplace and enjoy a panoramic view of the rink. In winter and summer alike, the space hosts a variety of cultural activities and includes two patios overlooking Esplanade Tranquille.

An exhibition, Henri Tranquille et sa librairie Tranquille, tells the story of the Librairie Tranquille bookstore and its owner through a series of displays featuring reproductions of archival materials, photos and unpublished writings. The Esplanade Tranquille Ludothèque (game library) offers a variety of board games free of charge.

The café in the Grand Salon is operated by Patin Patin. It serves tasty snacks and a selection of hot and cold beverages to help you recharge between skating sessions.

Le Réfectoire

Also on the second floor is this brightly lit space featuring contemporary décor and a spectacular view of the Esplanade. It’s perfect for people looking for a quiet place to work, and it can also be rented for cultural, private and corporate events.

Room rentals in the Esplanade Tranquille pavilion

The Esplanade Tranquille rental spaces offer modern, well-lit designs and cutting-edge equipment for conferences, round tables and every type of corporate and private event.

For more information on the rooms and the rental procedure, click here.


Esplanade Tranquille: origin of the name
Esplanade Tranquille is named in honour of the Tranquille bookstore, once located on the site, and its owner, Henri Tranquille (1916-2005). It is an important site in contemporary Quebec history, having hosted the launch of the Refus global manifesto in 1948.

A space designed to complement the Quartier des Spectacles experience
Esplanade Tranquille is the final phase of the public spaces project for the western sector of the Quartier des Spectacles. The other spaces are Place des Festivals, Promenade des Artistes, the Parterre and Sainte-Catherine Street. Located at a key downtown intersection – the corner of Saint-Laurent Blvd. and Sainte-Catherine St. – the Esplanade is designed to complement Place des Festivals. It was conceived as a human-scale public space. It is welcoming and comfortable, making it an excellent everyday gathering place for Montrealers and visitors. Esplanade Tranquille is a rest and relaxation zone, a place to get together with friends, and a place to have fun, enjoy a snack and be inspired by Montreal’s cultural heart.

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