The urban beach
Clock Tower Beach8
Why locals love it
Living in a city definitely has its perks – nevertheless, it also has its drawbacks and it’s no secret that Montreal’s lack of beaches is a problem for locals come summertime. Based on the European trend of creating seaside paradise in the midst of a metropolis, Montreal’s Old Port now has its first urban beach.
Why you should visit it
Overlooking the Saint-Lawrence River, the Jacques Cartier Bridge, and of course, the Clock Tower, cozy up under a long chair or parasol and sunbathe at this sandy oasis. While you cannot swim, there is a boardwalk, snack bar, and cool-off station with mist showers. It’s also one of the best spots to catch the fireworks when the sun goes down.
Admission is free until 5pm, after which the attraction turns into a bar with an entrance fee. The beach is only open during summer.