Montreal's FREE beachside village opens for the season this month

May 15 2019, 9:09 pm

Montreal’s man-made beachside venue, Village au Pied-du-Courant will open for the 2019 season this month.

Every year, dozens of teams of collaborators and designers come together to set up the man-made village for Montrealers and tourists to join for a view of the St. Lawrence River, Lotto Quebec’s fireworks, and the famous Jacques Cartier Bridge.

(Not to mention a slew of summertime parties.)

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The reinvented site is a place for citizens, designers, volunteers, and participants to create a unique and collaborative community.

Oh plus, it’s free to enter the beachside village.


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“Dynamic in nature, the Village is an urban living lab for the experimentation and development of new practices in design, entrepreneurship and the arts,” reads the Village au Pied Courant website. “In order to prioritize accessibility and encourage community engagement, entry, and all programming is — and always will be — free.”

The village’s main goal is to act as a showcase for rising talent in design, visual arts, and the local music scene – all to benefit the community.

The site features sand, food trucks, minibars, hammocks, picnic tables, local art, and live music.


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Access to the site is easiest by the green line’s Papineau Metro, by foot or by bicycle (the site has bike lots and a nearby Bixi Station). The site does not feature a parking lot but Rue Fullum has a payable lot.

Village au Pied du Courant

When: May 31 – September 15
Time: 4 pm – 9 pm (Thursdays), 5 pm – 12 am (Fridays), 4 pm – 12 am (Saturdays) 3 pm – 8 pm (Sundays)
Where: 2100 Rue Notre-Dame Est
Price: Free admission

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