This Is What Montreal's New "Verdun Beach" Is Going To Look Like (10 Photos)

Even though Montreal is an island, we have a surprising lack of water access. There's Jean Dore Beach, but that's pretty much it. Your other options include a fake beach where you can't swim, or a beach-like swimming pool which won't be open this year. 

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Luckily, Verdun is in the process of building one of the coolest and most original beach setups in the province.

The beach will feature:

  • A nature zone

  • Beach volleyball

  • Aadminton courts

  • A mini library

  • A sport zone

  • A relaxation zone

According to CTV, Verdun says that the new plans will be slightly less extravagant than initially announced. But that's not necessarily a bad thing.

It just means the planners will keep the area more natural, and there will be less pavement and concrete.

2021 Was Montreal's Hottest Year On Record

Here's what's in store for the first few months of 2022.

It's official — 2021 was the hottest year on record for Montreal, according to Environment Canada. It beat out the previous hottest years, 1998 and 2012, by a mean few hundredths of a degree.

This rise in temperature in Montreal is attributed to new weather patterns, causing scorching temperatures in June, August, September and October. "August and October were record-breaking months," said Environment Canada spokesperson Simon Legault.

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Montreal Is Getting Another Beach For Swimming In The River

The mayor said water testing proves the area is safe for swimming.

Montreal is getting another beach. On Sunday, Mayor Valérie Plante announced a commitment to open the shore of the Promenade-Bellerive, a riverside park in Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, to swimming.

On its website, the city says the park "is the only physical and visual access point to the Saint Lawrence River" in the borough.

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Of all the things you'd expect to find as you walk along Boulevard Saint-Laurent, a 7-foot-tall, gin-inspired hedge maze probably isn't one of them. But from August 6 to 8, Bombay Sapphire is building a labyrinth full of surprises in the Old Port — and, yes, that does include free gin samples for Quebecers aged 18 and up.

A Bombay spokesperson described the maze as a "large-scale [...] whimsical oasis" with walls that "cloak the discoverable experiences within."

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11 Exciting Free Things To Do In Montreal This July

Fun times that won't cost you a dime!

July is upon us, which means summer is in full swing and everyone is searching for free things to do in Montreal right now.

And we're here to help! Here are 11 ideas that won't cost you a dime this month.

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