The Sandy Shores of.. Montreal
Case in point: Montreal
The already rather welcoming esplanade has existed for roughly three decades, but while removing one's shirt there has been common practice among.. hmm, let's call them gym enthusiasts, and even sunbathing has been totally possible - on those little patches of green abutting the esplanade - the sum of these quasi-resort-like components never added up to anything even remotely resembling a beach.
But that is about to change. Come June 16th, the city will welcome its decidedly shirtless and shoeless citizenry (and, of course, similarly garbed visitors) to a new sandy strip located at the foot of the Sailors’ Memorial Tower (la Tour d'Horloge) - provided that the folks in question are willing to part with 6 dollars to gain entry (discounts for children and seniors will be available: see below).
I've visited the yet-to-be-opened plage (or, rather, approached the surrounding fence) and can confirm its existence and near-ready status. The sand is poured and blue parasols are installed. The city says the beach will be able to welcome up to 1,300 sunbathers simultaneously. One important restriction that merits a mention is that there will be no swimming in the Saint Lawrence - the river is judged too dangerous due to the strong currents in this area (and, I'd venture to guess, not quite as clean as potential swimmers might wish it to be). So, bring a book, but leave your swim mask in the closet until your next Carribean adventure.
Plage de l'Horloge
Rue Quai de l'Horloge, Montreal
- Seniors (60+): $1 off
- Children (6-12): $3 off
- Children (<=5): free