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Clock Tower Beach
Photograph: Clock Tower Beach | Freddy Arciniegas

Sip summer cocktails on this free beach in Montreal’s Old Port

Clock Tower Beach has drinks, food, loungers and the best view of the fireworks—plus a whole set of rules.

Written by
Laura Osborne
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Sun and sand just 5 minutes from downtown Montreal? 

As of June 16, we’ll be parked in a soft, silky lounge chair under a blue parasol at Clock Tower Beach with a cocktail in hand.

The urban beach—with views of the St. Lawrence River, the Jacques-Cartier Bridge, Île Sainte-Hélène and Old Montréal—can accommodate up to 800 people.

Clock Tower Beach
Miguel LegaultClock Tower Beach

Although swimming isn’t permitted, cooling mist stations set up along the beach are guaranteed to help beat the heat.

Bonus: As of June 29, every Thursday (and select Sundays) through August 10, you can also get a front row seat to first class fireworks displays themed to different countries and musical scores.

Clock Tower Beach
Photograph: Clock Tower Beach | Freddy Arciniegas

Grab a drink and a bite to eat at the Clock Tower bistro and enjoy an evening of fireworks.

Clock Tower Beach
Photograph: Marika LaforestClock Tower Beach

And don’t forget the yoga classes on Tuesday mornings from June 27 to August 29 (6 pm to 7 pm).

Sounds perfect? It is. As long as you follow the rules. 

Check out the Clock Tower Beach rules for this summer here:

1. Smoking or vaping is prohibited at all times on the entire beach site. 

2. Minors are prohibited from entering the triangular area at the end of the quay unless accompanied by a parental authority, except to use the showers and toilets or to enter and exit the beach. Unaccompanied minors must remain in the area that stretches alongside the quay, facing the Yacht Club. 

3. Alcoholic beverages that have been purchased off-site may not be brought to the beach and consumed there. Beverages purchased in the refreshment area may be consumed on the beach, but only in the triangular area at the end of the quay. 

4. Pets are prohibited from the beach. Service animals are permitted while on duty, but must be identified and must remain on a leash at all times.

5. Crossing or straddling the barriers around the perimeter of the beach is prohibited.

6. Appropriate bathing attire is mandatory. Infants must wear a diaper or a bathing suit.

7. Projectiles (balloons, balls, Frisbees, etc.) may not be tossed or thrown by any means whatsoever.

8. To maintain peace and quiet, the use of sound amplifiers and musical instruments is prohibited. Only personal audio devices are permitted.

9. Glass containers are prohibited from the beach.

10. In-line skating, skateboarding and cycling are not allowed on the beach. Bicycles must be parked in the bicycle racks located outside the beach perimeter.

11. No one may plant parasols or any other structure into the sand as they could damage the membrane beneath the sand.

12. Minors are prohibited from using any part of the beach during nightime events.

For more information about Clock Tower Beach, click here.

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