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Life’s a beach in Montréal, especially in the Old Port! Just five minutes from downtown, the Clock Tower Beach on the quay of the same name, offers sun, sand and a unique holiday atmosphere.
Open every day until Labour Day, the Clock Tower Beach features heaps of soft, silky sand, lounge chairs, colourful parasols and a wooden boardwalk. Drinks and munchies are available at the on-site refreshment stand. While swimming isn’t allowed, refreshing mist stations set up along the beach take the edge off of the summer heat. Showers are available to rinse and cool off at the end of the day.
Located at the base of the Clock Tower, erected in 1921 to commemorate the brave Merchant Navy sailors who disappeared during World War I, the Clock Tower Beach affords a spectacular vantage of the St. Lawrence River, the Jacques-Cartier Bridge, Île Sainte-Hélène and Old Montréal. Accessible via a giant stairway ramp, the beach can accommodate up to 800 people.
When the sun dips out of sight at the end of the day, the Jacques-Cartier Bridge's illumination and the St. Lawrence River glowing against the backdrop of the city skyline are sights to behold.
On fireworks evenings, you are invited to colourful adult-only nights with a musical ambiance signed up by Montréal DJs. And to balance the emotions, the beach hosts yoga sessions every Tuesday at 6 p. m.