The City of Montreal is a wee little island floating in the Saint-Lawrence seaway. Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean we have kilometers of golden sandy beaches along our coast. The new Clock Tower Beach, opening June 16, is sure to be a big summer hit…
Clock Tower Beach: Opening June 16, Clock Tower Beach is destined to become the hottest spot in town. Located right in the Old Port, Montreal’s new urban beach designed by Claude Cormier will give you a prime place to soak up the sun, meet some friends at the bar, and prance around in that yellow polka dot banana hammock. Just don’t go in the water, swimming is not allowed! Clock Tower Beach is just that: A beach, sans water. There are a few events happening throughout the summer, like the Red Bull Port Solstice on June 21, and the Vins de Provence’s Rosé Moments on June 27 & August 29. The beach is open every day from 10:30 AM to 7:30 PM, except on fireworks night where it will stay open to 11. Admission: $6.
Parc Jean-Drapeau Beach: Montreal does have some kind of central beaches, but let’s focus on a beautiful golden sandy beach with crystal blue water located just a hop, skip and/or jump from the heart of downtown. The beach on Parc Jean-Drapeau is picturesque, and the perfect place to get a slice of paradise right in Montreal! The beach opens on June 16, and hours are from 10 AM to 7 PM. You can rent pedal-boats, kayaks, and canoes. There’s a cafeteria, bar and BBQ, which sounds like the perfect Saturday afternoon to me! How to get there: Take the Yellow line from Berri-UQAM to Parc Jean-Drapeau Metro, then take the free “Plage” shuttle.
Hotel de la Montagne: While Montreal has lots of hotels with pools, if you want to take a kid-free dip while enjoying a pitcher of beer, then the rooftop pool on top of the Hotel de la Montagne is for you. The views of the city are jaw-dropping and the crowd can get rowdy, so head on up come 11:30 AM and join in on the daily parties.
Parc Jean-Drapeau Aquatic Complex: The Aquatic complex right next to the Jean-Drapeau metro hails itself as “one of the finest outdoor pool complexes in Canada.” They’ve recently renovated all three pools, so there’s something for everyone: A recreational pool with a beach-like entrance, a competition pool, and a diving pool. During the summer, there’s even trampolines and water games. Every Saturday, a big inflatable structure is installed over some of the pool for kids to play on, making the Aquatic Complex a huge hit for families.
Fullum Pool: There are pools all over Montreal (perhaps most notably the Natatorium and the McGill “secret pool”), but when the sun gets hot, it’s Fullum Pool that truly fills up with the city’s hottest boys. Located between Sherbrooke and Rachel on Fullum Street, this pool is a necessary visit if you like swimming, tanning, and boys in tiny bathing suits splashing in water. Oh, and it’s free!
Clock Tower Beach Photo: Claude Arsenault