In the summertime when the weather is hot/You can stretch right up and touch the sky. Contrary to popular belief, Montreal is close to some pretty quality beaches. You won't find ocean, but you will find plenty of open sand, plus water activities like kayaking, pedal boats, and canoeing. Here's some of our favorite beaches close to Montreal.
As referenced in MTLblog's Top 100 Parks post, we love Ile Bizard. This nature park even has a beach, some marsh areas, and endless walking and biking trails.Located on the island, between the Lake of Two Mountains. The lovely beach features volleyball nets, a snack bar, aquatic activities, and tonnes of nature trails. This park beach is very popular, so get here everyone else does!Oka beach is close to Montreal and offers water activities, a beautiful picnic area, playgrounds, plus hiking and cycling trails. This historical and natural heritage site fills up so get here early!This spot is less than an hour away from the West Island and features a huge sandy beach, a friendly swimming area, and lots of fun in nature. Zotique also has BBQ facilities tennis courts, and a snack bar.The Pointe-Calumet Beach is very close to Montreal and features water sport activities, a 50' long cable park course, beach volleyball, lake trampolines, and more! Lots of events hosted here, so check in advance.Less than an hour away from the West Island, Voyageur National park has a spacious beach and picnic area. This park has BBQ facilities, a convenience store, and bathrooms.
Although not technically a beach, the outdoor pool complex at PJD is incredible. There are three recently renovated pools: a recreational pool (with rubber mat cushioning), a competition pool, and a diving pool. For the summer the complex has trampolines, water games, and inflatable Saturdays (water trampoline games).
You know when you go on vacation and you see GIANT blow up obstacle courses in the ocean? They just look SO DAMN FUN. Well, instead of heading to a resort out of the country, you can just checkout this brand new activity at this beach near Montreal.
The inflatable water course is named Aquazilla and it is located at Oka Beach which is located just 45 minutes away from Montreal. It has just been installed for summer 2017 and people are already going crazy!
It's open EVERYDAY from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m and it's cheap AF! You may be thinking that this is just for kids. BUT TRUST ME. This is legit for everyone and it's a great activity instead of just sitting on the beach.
Child (6 to 13)
1 hour: $12
Additional hour: $8
Adult (14 and over)
1 hour: $15
Additional hour: $10
Family (2 adults and 2 children)
1 hour: $45
Additional hour: $30
Taxes included. Park entry fee not included.
Half price for clients in accommodations (camping, cabin, or ready-to-camp) during their stay, before noon. Valid with presentation of your accommodation invoice.
Those of us who live here know exactly why: Montreal is beautiful, full of history and culture, and there are tons and tons of things to do.
But some of us don't live here, and don't know just how awesome our city really can be. Plus, those of us lucky enough to call Montreal home? Well, we've been having a bit of a rough time lately, too.
Don't worry, though. There are all sorts of awesome things to look forward to going down in Montreal this year; and this summertime select itinerary is the perfect reminder about what we have in store (or the perfect reason why you need to get yourself to Montreal, ASAP).
There is nothing I love more in the summer than a good picnic on the beach. Lucky for us here in Montreal, we have plenty of cute beaches to pick from!
What better way to catch up with friends and spend a lazy day in the sun than with great food and drinks in a beautiful spot? Even if you're not much of a cook, you can grab some take-out or prepared food from your local supermarket.
There's just something so enjoyable about laying out multi-coloured throws and towels and setting up an array of foods to share. You might not find the ocean, but definitely stretches of sand plus water activities like kayaking, pedal boats, and canoeing.
Below, I've listed some of the best spots where you just have to go and enjoy a picnic this summer.
It's less than an hour away from the West Island and features a huge sandy beach, a friendly swimming area, and lots of nature fun. There are also BBQ facilities, tennis courts, a snack bar, and a great tropical feel to be enjoyed by all.
This isn't just a beach - it's an island full of fun activities, just minutes from your front door! You can enjoy not only the beach, but the island, the facilities, and there's even free wifi, so you can post those Instagram photos in full tranquility.
Located at the foot of the Clock Tower, the entrance to the Old Port, this beach is perfect if you're looking for a more sophisticated and luxurious picnic. The beach offers amazing seated areas, fine sand, chairs, and parasols to enjoy an awesome day in the sun.
Located on the island, between the Lake of Two Mountains, this lovely beach has volleyball nets, a snack bar, aquatic activities, and tons of nature trails, as well as lost of space to set up your picnic.
Minutes from your house, plus full of events and artistic decorations, this is a great place to picnic on a whim with the many food trucks stationed near by!
We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.
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