May 7, 2014 —Just like other major international cities such as Paris, Amsterdam, London, and Berlin, Montréal now has its own urban beach. Known as the Clock Tower Beach—located at the base of its namesake erected in 1921 to commemorate the brave Merchant Navy sailors who disappeared during World War I—this new strand of coastline tranquility can accommodate up to 800 people.
The actual Clock Tower, at 45 m high, offers spectacular views of Montréal, while the stretch of silky sand at its base provides a fun and friendly environment with a unique holiday atmosphere, beach umbrellas, brightly coloured chairs and fixtures, showers and mist stations, a wooden boardwalk, and a refreshment stand, all accessible via a giant stairway ramp.
Access to the beach is free from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (after which time admission is charged). It is open to the public on weekends only until mid-June, and everyday starting June 21.
Come evening, the Clock Tower Beach comes alive with musical evenings. What’s more, La Buvette par Apollois back again this summer to serve up a delicious menu of fresh summertime fare, ideal to enjoy on the terrace or savour on the beach.
A stroll along the Clock Tower Quay gives locals and visitors alike the opportunity to take in the magnificent panorama composed of the mighty St. Lawrence River, the impressive Jacques-Cartier Bridge, Alexander Calder’s iconic sculpture entitled “Man” (commissioned for Expo ’67) on Île Sainte-Hélène (a beautiful island in itself), and picturesque Old Montréal.