• Montreal's Verdun beach is set to reopen this summer with a new feature for swimmers, a borough spokesperson tells MTL Blog.
  • In fact, the beach was just the beginning of a transformation of the entire surrounding area.

It's time to dig out those swimsuits because temperatures have finally cracked above freezing, offering the first hint of warmer weather to come. Beach days are only a few months (or, if you're really presumptuous, weeks) away and we got a sneak peek at the 2020 season at the popular Verdun Beach. The public space facing Île-des-Soeurs on the St. Lawrence River opened in June 2019 and quickly drew large crowds with its large grassy terrains for lounging in the sun. 

Complete with changing rooms, hammocks, and slides for children, the beach was an enormous success by the time it closed for the season, bringing new life to the park along boulevard LaSalle and connecting Montrealers to their river.

Verdun borough communications officer Mathieu Robert-Perron tells MTL Blog that, in addition to the regular swimming area, visitors will also get to enjoy a new dedicate lane for laps along its entire length this year.

Swimmers unafraid of the perennially frigid water of the St. Lawrence will be able to get in their exercise without the interruption of children.

The surrounding area will see some improvements, too.

The skate park next to the beach will be refurbished this year, Robert-Perron says, and renovation work on the adjacent Auditorium de Verdun will continue.

When it's all done, according to the borough website, the auditorium will have a new "common space between [its] two buildings, [...] offering a view of the city and the river."

Verdun Beach was just the beginning of a transformation of the borough's shore.

Montrealers will get to see the area develop in the year to come.

The beach is closest to the De l'Église green metro line station and, in the summer, is open between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m., weather permitting.

It has no opening date yet, but stay tuned for more information on its 2020 program.

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