5 beaches that are accessible by public transit in Montreal

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Montreal might not be a beach town, per se, but there are still a handful of sandy spots to enjoy on those hot summer days.

Here’s a list of five beaches in Montreal that are accessible by public transit.

Verdun Beach
Verdun Beach, located in Verdun behind the auditorium. Photo by Allen McInnis /Montreal Gazette

Verdun Beach

Tucked behind the Verdun Auditorium, this small beach runs along the St. Lawrence River, facing Nun’s Island. Lifeguards are on duty throughout the summer and amenities include changing rooms, a toddler playground, and outdoor showers.

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How to get there: The beach is a short walk from the De l’Église metro station. It’s also accessible via bus lines 37 and 12.

When to go: Open June 15 to Sept. 2 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Cost: Free

Clock Tower Beach in Montreal
Clock Tower Beach, located in the Old Port. Photo by Dario Ayala /The Gazette

Clock Tower Beach

While not a beach you can swim at, this spot is a winner for its city views. Sprawled beneath the Montreal Clock Tower, it looks out onto Old Montreal, Île Sainte-Hélène and the Jacques-Cartier Bridge. Live performances and DJ sets are scheduled at the beach throughout the summer, as well as weekly yoga classes.

How to get there: The beach is a roughly 15-minute walk from the Champ-de-Mars metro station and a 20-minute walk from the 715 bus.

When to go: Open June 14 to Sept. 2 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday through Wednesday, and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. from Thursday through Sunday.

Cost: Free, except during events, when prices vary.

Jean-Doré Beach at Parc Jean-Drapeau.
Jean-Doré Beach, located at Parc Jean-Drapeau. Photo by Société du parc Jean-Drapeau inc.

Jean-Doré Beach

This beach at Parc Jean-Drapeau overlooks the Île Notre-Dame lake. In addition to swimming, there’s a variety of activities available like paddle boarding, canoeing and floating play parks.

How to get there: Get off at the Jean-Drapeau metro station and hop on the 768 shuttle, or walk the 30 minutes from the metro to the beach. There’s also a river shuttle in the summertime that connects Parc Jean-Drapeau to both the Old Port and Longueuil on the South Shore.

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When to go: Open June 22 to Sept. 2 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., with some exceptions.

Cost: Free for children under two years old; $4.22 for children between three and 13 years old; $8.26 for people between 14 and 64 years old; and $7.46 for those ages 65 and up. Family tickets are also available for $20. Tickets can be purchased online.

Plage de l'Est, located in Pointe-aux-Trembles.
Plage de l’Est, located in Pointe-aux-Trembles. Photo by Pierre Obendrauf /Montreal Gazette

Plage de l’Est

This urban beach in the Pointe-aux-Trembles neighbourhood was inaugurated a few years ago. So far, the beach has yet to allow swimming due to contamination concerns. The beach is nevertheless a popular spot among locals, featuring beach volleyball courts, picnic spots and a splash pad.

How to get there: Get off at the Honoré-Beaugrand metro station and take the 189 or 186 bus.

When to go: Anytime between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m.

Cost: Free

Village au Pied-du-Courant

This beachy boardwalk is less about lounging, more about eating, drinking, and dancing. Located near the shadow of the Jacques-Cartier Bridge, it features live music all summer long, with food trucks, vendors and activities set up throughout the site.

How to get there: The beach is a short walk from the Papineau metro station.

When to go: Open from June 13 to Sept. 21 on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays between 5 p.m. and 11 p.m.

Cost: Free before 7 p.m., $5 after

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