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11 gorgeous beaches you can day trip to from Montreal

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Tyler Jadah May 31, 2018 12:08 pm 982

As we turn to June, the spring months have officially handed the reigns over to the summer months.

And with the summer months comes the beach. They go hand in hand.

Montreal, and its surroundings, feature a wide variety of beaches to check out this summer, some close, some farther away.

So pack the car, grab your friends and head to the beach already – it’s summer time!

Oka National Park

Oka National Park boasts a gorgeous beach and a stunning view of Lake Deux Montagnes. They offer a variety of activities including canoeing, kayaking, biking and pedal boating or you can simply relax on the cozy sand.

The beach offers numerous picnic tables and several charcoal barbeques to use at your disposal. A lifeguard is always on duty.

When: Until September 3

Time: 8 am – 7 pm

Cost: Free

Distance from Montreal: 59 km

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Plage Saint-Zotique

This stunning beach set on the shores of the Saint Lawrence River in the township of Saint-Zotique, roughly an hour west of Montreal.

Plage Saint-Zotique is the perfect spot for a beach getaway without spending too much money. It’s got warm sand, tiki-inspired beach umbrellas, paddleboats, a playground and a volleyball court.

When: Opens June 9 until September 4

Time: 10 am – 7 pm

Cost: Free

Distance from Montreal: 68 km

Jean-Doré Beach

Jean-Doré Beach is situated on Parc Jean Drapeau and has nice golden‑sand and clear water. What makes it even more appealing is that it’s very close to downtown and easily accessible by bike or public transit.

With a wide swimming area of more than 15,000 square metres, both kids and grown-ups can enjoy a fun-filled day at the beach without going far.

When: June 20 – August 26

Time: 10 am – 7 pm

Cost: 3-13 years: $4.50, 14 years and over: $9

Distance from Montreal: 15 km

Pointe-Calumet Beach

Pointe-Calumet Beach gets too much of a “party vibe” because it hosts the famous Beachclub parties in the summer. But it offers a secluded, quiet alternative for beach-goers who just want to relax in front of the Lake Deux Montagnes.

When: Until September 15

Time: Monday to Friday: 10 am – 6 pm, Saturdays and Sundays: 12 pm – 7 pm

Cost: Monday to Friday: $12, Saturday and Sunday: $15

Distance from Montreal: 53 km

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Saint-Timothée Beach

The Saint-Timothée beach is located on Ile-Papineau in Valleyfield and is a nice alternative to the lakeside beaches. The Saint-Timothée beach faces the St-Lawrence River and can offer some pretty decent waves. They have an enclosed section for the young ones and a nice beachside bike path.

When: June 2 – September 9

Time: 10 am – 6 pm

Cost: 5-15 years and 65 and older: $6, 16 years and older: $10

Distance from Montreal: 50 km

Sainte Gabriel Beach

Sainte Gabriel Beach is a trek from Montreal but ideal for people who enjoy the wilderness. With a total surface area of 10.5 km2 and an average depth of 28 metres, Lake Maskinongé is an ideal spot for watersports, swimming, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding and sailing.

Sainte Gabriel Beach is full of vacationers every summer for people who really want to get out of the city.

When: Until September 15

Time: 10 am – 6 pm

Cost: Free

Distance from Montreal: 115 km

Major Beach Lac-des-Sables

Major Beach is the largest beach on Lac-des-Sables, it’s a bit of a hike from Montreal but that’s part of its charm. Major Beach is secluded, quiet and has golden brown sand. Canoes, kayaks, pedal boats and paddle boards are all available to rent and the beach has a snack bar, outdoor showers and a volleyball court.

When: June 23 – September 10

Time: 10 am – 6 pm

Cost: Free

Distance from Montreal: 97 km

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Lac Saint-Joseph Beach

The beach at Lac Saint-Joseph is the only place in Quebec where you will find real coconut palm trees. Albeit imported, it’s still awesome.

Lac Saint-Joseph Beach is located on a campsite so after your drive down, spend a few days. The beach has a ton of outdoor activities including fishing, water slides, rowboats and jet-skiing. The beach itself stretches for an entire kilometre.

When: June 22 – September 3

Time:  Open 24 hours a day, lifeguards on duty from 8 am to 9 pm

Cost: 3-12 years: $10, 13-17 years: $12, 18 and older: $15

Distance from Montreal:  258 km

l’Île Charron Beach

The l’Îl Charron Beach is located on the south shore of Longueuil and offers a great beachside view and swimming on the St Lawrence River. The beach is equipped with a boat launch, volleyball courts, a picnic area, and a disc golf course.

When: Until September 3

Time: 10 am – 6 pm

Cost: Free

Distance from Montreal: 30 km

Lac Simon Beach

Lac Simon Beach is located on the secluded side of Lake Barriere in Chénéville, the Outaouais region of Quebec. Lac Simon Beach gives off a very exotic feel: the sand is gorgeous and off-white and there’s a giant pier overlooking the beach. The boats and sea-doos give off a good amount of waves that trickle back towards the beach.

When: June 22 – September 3

Time: 10 am – 6 pm

Cost: Free

Distance from Montreal: 168 km

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Cap-Saint-Jacques National Park Beach

This regional West Island park is home to some of the best beaches on the island. There is a natural sand beach and a secluded bay but also calm waters ideal for swimming, kayaking, stand up paddle-boarding, and pedal boats.

When: Until August 27

Time:  10 am – 7 pm

Cost: Free

Distance from Montreal: 38 km

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Tyler Jadah
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