UPDATE, July 2021: Not only has the city begun to reopen, but our picks for the best beaches in Montreal are growing to include new urban spots that won't involve you piling into a car and driving out of town for two hours. There are a few new getaways too, but if you want to just pack up a cooler and ride the metro, that's an option too.
The city in the summertime can be paradise, but when the heat really hits, the best Montreal beaches are great places to cool down. Jumping in the freshwater rapids and rivers in and around the island are only rivalled by al fresco drinking at the best rooftop bars, diving into some pristine Montreal pools, and crushing some cold drinks in some Montreal parks while soaking up the sun. Whether you’re in the mood for relaxing on the shore or cooling off with refreshing swim, however, the combination of sun and sand still reigns supreme in our books.
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