Indeed, we're far from the tropical paradises of Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and Mexico. Still, we get dazzlingly scorching temperatures in the summertime and rightfully deserve some respite from the heat!
Some of us can't travel to far-flung resorts and relax in the sun so we have to make do with what we've got! This doesn't mean you're skimping on quality, though.
Local beaches around Montreal are well-maintained and offer fantastic amenities for friends and the whole family! Since we're facing down a heatwave this week, why not head to one of these 15 beaches around Montreal?
Oka Beach is a popular destination for everyone around the Montreal area and has a wide variety of activities for the whole family. Only an hour or so away from downtown Montreal!
Keep in mind, however, that it's closed for the time being!
WHERE: 2020 Chemin d'Oka, Oka, QC
Plage Lac Simon
Lac Simon Beach is a secluded and exotic-looking beach on the shores of Lake Barriere in the Outaouais region. Only 2.5 hours away from Montreal! $10.50 entrance fee.
WHERE: 1216 rue Principale, Duhamel, QC
A calm and secluded beach in the West Island offers the perfect summer getaway. Still waters and gorgeous natural sand make this beach stand out among the rest.
WHERE: 20099 boulevard Gouin O., Montreal
Plage Lac Saint-Joseph
Featuring real coconut palm trees, this beach is located on a campsite, making it perfect for a weekend getaway. It's roughly 3.5 hours away from Montreal, near Quebec City.
WHERE: 7001 route de Fossambault, Fossambault-sur-le-Lac, QC
Plage Saint Gabriel
This beach is located only a couple of hours away from Montreal and features a stunning array of hiking paths and a huge lake making it perfect for adventurous types.
WHERE: Avenue du Parc, Saint-Gabriel-du-Brandon, QC
Just an hour outside of Montreal in the Salaberry-de-Valleyfield area, this beach overlooks the Flueve and offers a huge space to relax and enjoy the sun. $10 entrance fee.
WHERE: 230 rue Saint Laurent, Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, QC
Another beach that's only about an hour from Montreal, this one boasts a tropical vibe with tiki umbrellas and a volleyball court.
WHERE: 105 81e Avenue, Saint-Zotique, QC
Known mostly for Beachclub across the lake, this beach is the quiet alternative to North America's biggest outdoor club.
WHERE: 701 38e Rue, Pointe-Calumet, QC
Plage Major Lac-des-Sables
Roughly two hours north of Montreal, this beach certainly lives up to its name. It's a perfect lake to rent a kayak or paddleboard and enjoy the warm breeze.
WHERE: 1 Chemin du Lac-des-Sables, Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts, QC
Plage l’Île Charron
Located a short drive away from Longueuil and downtown Montreal, this metropolitan beach has plenty of activities and is away from the hustle and bustle of the downtown core.
WHERE: Île Charron, Longueuil, QC
Woodlands Beach is located in the quaint little town of Ingleside, Ontario. It's only a couple of hours away from Montreal, just outside of Cornwall.
WHERE: Long Sault Parkway, Ingleside, ON
Only an hour and 20 minutes away from Montreal, Douglass Beach in Brome is a wonderful getaway for the whole family. The nearby town of Brome is adorable!
WHERE: 213 Chemin Lakeside, Brome, QC
A super-accessible beach in the heart of Montreal? Yes, please. Though usually busy AF, this beach has a huge swimming area and plenty of activities so you'll never feel packed in.
WHERE: 151 Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal
The newly opened Verdun Beach has been a long-anticipated addition to Montreal's shoreline. Already, the beach is super popular with locals and is often packed on the weekends.
WHERE: 4110 boulevard Lasalle, Montreal
Plage de l'Horloge
Clock Tower Beach was one of the first public beaches in the city of Montreal and has maintained popularity ever since! Though you can't swim, the vibes are totally worth it.
WHERE: 1 Quai de l'Horloge, Montreal
Have a great summer, Montreal!