4 stunning Montreal beaches that are a quick metro ride away

Less than an hour from downtown Montreal, these cool stretches of sand are all accessible via public transportation.

Laura Osborne
Written by
Laura Osborne
Editor, Time Out Canada
Plage Jean-Doré
Photograph: © Société du parc Jean-Drapeau

With a heat wave in full swing, we’re thanking our lucky stars for Montreal’s public pools, sexy rooftop pools and beaches in and around the city.

Pack your favourite cheap eats, grab a beach chair and don’t forget the sunscreen.

Are there any beaches in Montreal?

With countless spots on and off the island where you can dip your toes in the water, these 4 beaches are easily accessible from downtown via public transit in under an hour.
Clock Tower beach
Photograph: Old Port of Montréal

1. Clock Tower Beach

Closest metro: Champ-de-Mars 

Situated in the heart of Montreal’s Old Port, this urban beach is the perfect spot to unwind after a long day without straying far from the city centre. It’s a winning combination of bar and a park, replacing the traditional terrasse with sand, plastic chairs, and parasols.

Thanks to the French Riviera vibes, it's a charming slice of the city and a fantastic place to watch the International Fireworks Festival. Free entry unless there’s an event.

Clock Tower Beach
Photograph: Daphne Caron | Clock Tower Beach

2. Verdun Beach

Closest metro: De l’Eglise

When it comes to urban beaches, few are as good as this one tucked behind the Verdun Auditorium and just a few steps from one of the coolest streets in the world. By day, families flock here with their kids, while evenings are for pop-up dance parties. The beach is also accessible by bike along the waterfront bicycle path, and access is free of charge.

Laura OsborneVerdun Beach

3. Jean-Doré Beach

Closest metro: Jean-Drapeau

Located on Parc Jean-Drapeau (home to Osheaga and Piknic Electronik, for starters), Jean-Doré beach is 15,000 square metres of outdoor space with activities for all ages (paddle board yoga to beach volleyball).

It's also home to Aquazilla, the epic floating water park for kids of all ages.

Time Out Tip: The beach and Aquazilla open at 10 a.m., on June 22, 2024, and you can purchase your tickets online here.

Plage Jean-Doré / Jean-Doré Beach
Photograph: © Société du parc Jean-Drapeau

4. Village au Pied-du-Courant

Closest metro: Papineau

Just a short walk from Papineau station, this beach boardwalk is all about great food, drinks and dancing under the stars thanks to the live music all summer long.

Expect food trucks, a beer garden, and activities like a Saturday night spotlight on latin culture.

Village au Pied-du-Courant
Photograph: Esther Gibbons

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