There's a proposal to build a massive new beach in Montreal along the Saint Lawrence River in the Ville-Marie neighbourhood of Sainte-Marie.
The beach would sit just north of the Jacques Cartier Bridge. Montrealers would be able to access it from the Parc du Pied-du-Courant via a universally accessible, 60-metre elevated walkway over the CP and Port of Montreal tracks that, right now, form a barrier between the water and neighbourhood.
In a statement shared with MTL Blog, group president Victor Balsis explained the latest beach idea takes into account feedback from both the port and City of Montreal. He also said that Les AmiEs has attempted to open dialogue with candidates in the federal and municipal elections.
"As the federal and municipal elections are upon us, these issues are more pertinent than ever," Balsis said.
"Although most of these proposals concern federally owned assets, these issues require close coordination with our municipal government which is normally responsible for urban issues on a local level."
"We have reached out to a few parties/candidates but have not heard back on these specific proposals."
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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