The Best Beaches Near Montreal

Montreal's beaches offer a diversity of activities and places to chill out
Montreal's beaches offer a diversity of activities and places to chill out | © Hemis / Alamy Stock Photo
Photo of Stephanie Andrews
15 July 2020

Montreal comes alive during the summer. So, if you’re looking for a place to take a refreshing dip, perfect a tan or cool off with an umbrella-studded drink, our local insiders offer up the best beaches in and around Montreal to chill out at during those steamy summer days.

Plage de Verdun

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Who says you have to leave the city in order to sink your toes into the sand? Plage de Verdun, Montreal’s urban beach on the Saint Lawrence River, offers a refreshing spot to cool off during those hot summer months while enjoying views of the southwest neighborhood of Verdun. Soak in the cool waters, relax in a hammock under the shade or play on the climbing wall. Plage de Verdun is easily accessible by bike, bus or metro, so you’ll be relaxing on your beach towel soaking up the rays in no time. Recommended by local insider Caitlin Stall-Paquet

Parc National d'Oka

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If you’re looking to escape the city for a bit, this picturesque national park is only a 35-minute drive from Montreal. Here, you’ll find attractions for the whole family. Pack a picnic or grill up lunch on the park’s charcoal barbecue pit. Play with the kids on an inflatable water course, kayak or paddleboard around the park or go wildlife watching on the La Grande Baie trail. You can even bring a tent and enjoy a night relaxing under the stars at this serene natural gem. Recommended by local insider Caitlin Stall-Paquet

Parc-Nature du Cap-Saint-Jacques

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This charming, secluded beach is a slice of paradise on the shores of the Rivière des Prairies and Lake of Two Mountains. This natural Montreal jewel is a popular spot for locals looking to enjoy a quiet break from the urban hustle. Here, you’ll find a beach hugged by woodlands, a scenic picnic area and an organic animal and vegetable farm. Nature lovers can enjoy easy hikes, as well as boating and fishing, while visitors with a sweet tooth should visit the sugar shack where they can experience local maple syrup and taffy pulling. Recommended by local insider Caitlin Stall-Paquet

Bois-de-l’Île-Bizard Nature Park

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Just 30 miles from downtown Montreal lies the island of Île Bizard, a peaceful natural oasis that is ideal for bird-watching, canoeing, swimming or hiking the well-groomed trails and footbridges along marshlands. You’ll also find a quiet little beach just perfect for relaxing in the sun. This lush fauna and flora-rich park is perfect for families looking for a secluded area to enjoy a picnic or a quick, refreshing dip. During the wintertime, you’ll also find visitors enjoying cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Recommended by local insider Tess Boissonneault

Clock Tower Beach

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Just minutes from downtown Montreal, Clock Tower Beach is another popular urban beach with vibrant blue parasols and buttery sands that are sure to make you feel like you’re on vacation. Here, you’ll find a welcome respite just perfect for sunbathing or sipping a drink in the sand. The beach offers views of Old Montreal as well as the Saint Lawrence River and impressive Jacques-Cartier Bridge. While swimming isn’t allowed, there are misting stations along the beach to keep beachgoers cool all summer long. Recommended by local insider Tess Boissonneault

These recommendations were updated on July 15, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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