History of Grand Splash
The Big Splash over time
1994 – The concept of the Grand Splash was born in Quebec City. By jumping into the water, the Society of Bathing People claims a public swimming site at Bassin Louise.
2003 – The initiative inspires the creation of a Grand Splash in Montreal. This version brings together a few participants in the Old Port to demand access allowing swimming. It is the Montréal Baignade citizen committee which is leading the initiative, supported by the Earth Day organization.
2018 – The Fondation Rivières joins the adventure for the organization of the Grand Splash. She became the main organizer the following year.
2020 – The pandemic is pushing the organizers of the Grand Splash to rethink the formula, in order to maintain the course of the event's demands, despite the health measures in place. This virtual edition highlights potential swimming sites throughout Quebec.
2021 – The Grand Splash attracts more than 300 participants in 10 municipalities across Quebec: Montreal, Quebec, Lachine, Trois-Rivières, Saguenay, Gracefield, Sainte-Martine, Saint-Paul-de-l'Ile-aux-Noix, Saint -Jérôme and Mont-Saint-Hilaire, in addition to two mini-splash, spontaneous events organized in Chambly and at the Promenade Bellerive park in the Tétreauville borough in Montreal.
Latest edition of the Grand Splash
Nearly a hundred people jumped into the water on July 1, 2022, at the Jacques-Cartier quay of the Old Port of Montreal!
The population was also invited to take to the water in Trois-Rivières, Saint-Lambert, Sainte-Anne-de-Sorel, Sainte-Martine and Saint-Denis-sur-Richelieu.
Clay and Friends as honorary president
The theme of water is a central element in the approach of Clay and Friends. The musical group has established its headquarters in Verdun, the only place with a public beach near the center of Montreal.