Along with the beach, organizers are planning for a summer full of outdoor group activities that you and your friends can sign up for.
Pending government approval, you'll be able to sign up for a beach spikeball league, a beach soccer league, and a beach volleyball league! For those less sporting types, Wednesdays will be reserved for Latin dance workshops "for dancers of all levels and even for those with a rather shy dance step!"
The beach will officially be open to the public on May 19, 2021. For more information and to sign up for a sports league or dance classes, check out the official website.
Having locked in plans with his friends to help with the proposal on July 2 and without expecting the Canadiens to still be in the playoffs, McCooeye planned to decorate a beach near the Pointe-Claire windmill with thousands of LED lights and pop the question.
But the Canadiens' playoff winning streak proved inconvenient to his plan because much like the rest of the city, the couple were gripped with Habs fever.
"My proposal plan was virtually out the window at this point, and I really considered changing the date and plan entirely," said McCooeye.
"I was scrambling and freaking out, trying to think of a way to watch the game and also pull off my proposal on the originally intended date and time."
So, he thought, "what if I convinced her that there was a projected broadcast of the game at the Pointe-Claire windmill, which was right beside the spot of beach where I was going to propose?"
In order for his plan to work, McCooeye first had to photoshop an Instagram post that claimed that the windmill was hosting a screening of a Stanley Cup Final game.
"If she was to see MTL Blog saying that there was a game being broadcast at the Pointe-Claire windmill, that would probably convince her," he said.
"Come Friday, the plan was in motion."
McCooeye enlisted their group of friends and even a waiter at a bar for the adorably elaborate ruse. In the end, he pulled it off masterfully.
"We walked towards the windmill, and on our way, we arrived at the entrance to the hidden beach where I was going to propose," he said.
"At that point, she said something to the effect of 'pretty cool that MTL Blog posted about this.' I [...] responded 'oh, you mean that MTL Blog post that you knew was fake and you scrolled through your Instagram to check? Because you might have been right about that.'"
Where: Saint James United Church, 463, rue Sainte-Catherine O., Montreal, QC
When: June 4 to September 26, 2021
Why You Need To Go: Yes, you read that right — just outside Saint James United Church is the coolest sandy beach hangout, where you can even bring booze. It's the most relaxing place to chill in the middle of the downtown core.
This particular oasis is described as a "vacation in the sun, right in the downtown core" with "comfortable furniture, shade, a seaside soundscape, and that one-of-a-kind feeling of hot sand underfoot."
Alcohol is allowed, as long as you consume it with food so you can BYOB if you really want to set the mood of being on holiday.
Sitting on a lounge chair with your toes in the sand as you sip on a cocktail under the sun, it's hard to believe this is really Sainte-Catherine.
At the very least, it's the perfect place to relax after a long day of shopping.
A Beach In The Middle Of Downtown MTL
When: June 4 to September 26, 2021
Address: Saint James United Church — 463, rue Sainte-Catherine O., Montreal, QC
Why You Need To Go: Instantly escape the hustle-and-bustle of downtown, swapping it for beach holiday feels.
Where: Sundaiz - 4710, rue Saint-Ambroise, Unit 130, Montreal, QC
Why You Need To Check It Out: Decadent, nostalgic and gorgeous views thanks to the Lachine Canal. Step up to the window at Sundaiz first-ever location or head inside to discover a totally-90s vibe from the moment you walk in… and to celebrate their opening, they're giving away free cookies on June 25 (while supplies last).
Why You Need To Check It Out: The OPUS card is not just for getting around town. It can help you have fun around town, too, by getting you cool discounts on activities like water cruises or rides on La Grande Roue de Montréal.
Feel Like You're In The Arctic At An Immersive Exhibit
Where: Éloize Expo - 417, rue Berri, Montreal, QC
When: June 2 to October 31, 2021
Why You Need To Check It Out: Perfect for a rainy day... As MTL Blog's Teddy Elliot put it, "Sous Les Glaces (Below the Ice) will give you the experience of tagging along with filmmaker Mario Cyr as he explores the vast reaches of the Arctic."