UPDATE: Jean-Doré beach has reopened.
In a statement posted online and to Facebook and Twitter, officials at Parc Jean-Drapeau, the space that straddles Îles Saint Hélène and Notre Dame in the Saint Lawrence River, have alerted the public to the temporary closure of its popular Jean-Doré Beach.
A "water quality issue in an isolated area" is to blame. "The Société du parc Jean-Drapeau aims to offer a top-notch water quality for its visitors and we are working on restoring the situation to normal as quickly as possible," the statement continues.
There is no indication as to when the beach might reopen.
We called the customer service line for Jean-Doré Beach for more details. An employee told us that the change in water quality may be due to the heavy rainfall on July 12th. There was no accident or other singular incident that affected the water.
This is not the first Montreal area beach to close because of poor water quality. Last week, a sewage leak forced the temporary closure of Oka Beach on the Lac des Deux Montagnes. The beach has since reopened.
The infamous delay of the opening of the new Verdun Beach was also due to unsafe water conditions, likely due to sewage.
The Jean-Doré Beach is on the Lac de l'Île Notre Dame.
It is also home to the Aquazilla floating obstacle course. Watch the video below to see MTL Blog correspondent Alex Melki attempt to conquer the challenging structure:
Visitors to Parc Jean-Drapeau are encouraged to make use of the Aquatic Complex until the reopening of Jean Doré Beach.
Montrealers may also visit the already-popular Verdun Beach, accessible most easily from De L'Église green line metro station.
Stay tuned for updates.