Photos by Julia Pelish
Vacay.ca Visuals Editor
MONTREAL — Old Montreal has seen many things in its 370 years, but never a beach. Not until now. The Clock Tower Beach opens in June at Quai de l’Horloge on the eastern edge of the city’s old port, just south of historic Bonsecours Market.
The beach, which is in the process of finalizing its set-up for public use, gives Montreal what Paris, Chicago and Toronto have — urban spaces in major centres devoted to sand and umbrellas. There won’t be any swimming allowed in the waters, because of the boat traffic and choppy waters of the St. Lawrence River. That shouldn’t discourage visitors, though. The sight of pretty blue umbrellas popping up will make you smile and entice you to wander over.
Like so much else in the old city, there’s a touch of elegance and beauty to the beach, and having the view looking back at Montreal is also a nice treat.
A recent visit to Montreal also included some fine dining at Les 400 Coups and Pintxo, which you’ll learn more about in the coming weeks on Vacay.ca, and a tour of the city’s artsy Latin Quarter and lovely Westmount neighbourhoods. Return visitors will also be happy to know that restoration of Place d’Armes Square outside of Notre-Dame Basilica is now complete, so you can enjoy the view of the church without the eyesore of yellow construction fencing.
As always, Montreal charmed with its sophistication, culture, congeniality and class. It’s one of the great cities in the world — not just within Canada.