We may not live in the tropics but that doesn't mean that you can't hang out on a beach throughout our province. After our harsh winters, it's as though we all crave the heat. The natural beauty surrounding us is inspiring which is why we locals need to take advantage of it. If you can't afford a vacation this summer, spend some time at one of these charming beaches near Montreal

When you think of beaches, your mind instantly goes to somewhere down south. I can speak for myself when I say that I do not take advantage of the beaches in our area as much as I should, partially because I forget how close they are to home. 

Spending a day with loved ones in the sun and the sand is always a recipe for happiness. Beach days are all about water sports, tanning, swimming and of course eating.

This summer, when the hustle and bustle of Montreal becomes a little too much, you can cool off at one of these superb local beaches. Just be sure to bring suntan lotion and a towel! 

Oka

Where: 2020, Chemin d'Oka

Distance From Montreal: 55 minutes

Oka Beach is one of the best-known beaches in the area. Located less than an hour from Montreal lives a charming little beach decked with lifeguards and designated pet areas. 

This is a great place to check out during the months of summer, especially if you are in need of a tan! 

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Plage l’Île Charron

Where: Île Charron, Longueuil

Distance From Montreal: 25 minutes 

Located only 25 minutes from Montreal, Place L'Île Charron has soft sand and stunning nature views.

The beach may only be 328 feet, but it's stocked with volleyball courts, picnic grounds, boat ramps and best of all, a service building with washrooms! 

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Plage Douglass

Where: 213, Chemin Lakeside, Brome

Distance From Montreal: 1 hour & 10 minutes

I remember being in awe the first time I went to Plage Douglass, I couldn't believe that this charming slice of heaven was only one hour from Montreal. 

This beach has a picnic area that displays breathtaking views, a beach volleyball court, walking paths, and a canteen — in case you need to re-fuel. This spot makes for an ideal day trip for you and your crew this summer. 

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Lac Simon

Where: 1216, rue Principale, Duhamel

Distance from Montreal: 2 hours & 15 minutes

Lac Simon may be the furthest beach on this list, but it's way worth the commute. Found in the Outaouais region, this 2-km long beach that is home to clear waters and warm sand. 

Surrounded by trees, beachgoers will instantly feel relaxed when spending the day at Lac Simon. And, for those of you who have yet to check it out, the summer of 2020 is the time for that. 

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Plage Saint-Zotique 

Where: 105, 81e ave., Saint-Zotique

Distance From Montreal: 55 minutes

Plage Saint-Zotique is a great spot for anyone seeking an escape for the day. Stocked with a swimming area, tennis courts and snack bar, this beach has everything you will need for a fun-filled day in the sun.

There are even BBQ facilities so that you can grill some burgers and vege-burgers to make for an even more epic experience. 

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Plage Saint-Timothée

Where: 230, rue Saint Laurent, Salaberry-de-Valleyfield

Distance From Montreal: 55 minutes

Located less than an hour from Montreal, Plage Saint-Timothée is known for its clear waters and sandy beaches. 

Not only does this beach offer free parking, access to the cycling path and a picnic area but it also offers water sport rentals including kayaks and pedal-boats. 

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Plage Pointe-Calumet

Where: 701, 38e Rue, Pointe-Calumet

Distance From Montreal: 45 minutes

For those of you who have been to Beach Club, you know that this beach has everything your heart will ever desire.

From sport activities and a cable park course to lake trampolines and beach volleyball, this beach is a must for Montreal locals craving the beach. 

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Plage Major Lac-des-Sables 

Where: 1, Chemin du Lac-des-Sables, Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts

Distance From Montreal: 1 hour & 15 minutes

This public beach not only has water sports and a children's playground but there are even charcoal and gas barbeques for the grill masters looking to show off their skills. 

The admission to get in is free and it's less than 90 minutes away, making this spot a dream location for any local in need of some fun in the sun.

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