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5 top beaches for your next staycation

5 top beaches for your next staycation
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VERDUN BEACH

Located behind the Verdun Auditorium, the beach has excellent public transit access, with the De l’Église metro station nearby as well as two bus lines (routes 37 and 12). It is also accessible by bike along the waterfront bicycle path. The beach access is free of charge.

Location: 4110 Boulevard LaSalle, Verdun, behind the Arthur-Therrien Park pool and the Verdun Auditorium.

The beach is open from mid-June to early September, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Swimming is not recommended. READ MORE 

Amenities

  • Changing rooms
  • Drinking fountain
  • Picnic area
  • Showers
  • Washroom

Accessibility

  • Access ramp
  • Access way
  • Stroller-friendly
  • Wheel-chair accessible

PARC NATIONAL D’OKA

In the summer, the beach comes alive with swimmers who flock to the park to bask in the sun and cool off in the lake under the watchful eyes of our team of lifeguards. Picnickers can choose from a variety of peaceful lakeshore sites.

Numerous picnic tables and several charcoal barbecues are at your disposal.

Period: May 21 to September 5, 2022
Location: 2020 Chemin d’Oka, Oka
Price: The cost is $9.25 for adults, children 17 and under enter for free
Parking rates are extra 

The beach is open every day, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Lifeguards are on duty from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

A parking fee applies when the beaches are supervised. It is strongly recommended that you purchase your parking fee for beach access online in order to guarantee access to the beach. It can be purchased up to 30 days before a visit.

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GLENGARRY BEACH
Our most eastern campground located less than an hour from Montreal, Glengarry demonstrates tranquility and peace in its’ purest form. The mature forest and the towering stand of old-growth pine trees spreads a heavenly aroma perfect for outdoor enthusiasts and first-time campers alike. The region also boasts some of the best bass and perch fishing in Ontario. You will have the finest views of the beautiful Adirondack Mountain range overlooking the tranquil shores of the St. Lawrence River.

Location: 20800 South Service Rd, Lancaster, Ontario
Price: Beach and picnic area fees are $8.85 for those 13- 64, free for children 12 & under, and a vehicle charge.

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WATERLOO LAKE BEACH

The municipal beach of Lake Waterloo offers several activities for the whole family! Access to the park is free and you will find: play modules for children, water games, volleyball courts, and picnic areas.

It is possible to rent boats for the more adventurous (kayaks, paddle boards, canoes, water bikes and pedal boats). The site is easily accessible by car, on foot or by bike via three cycle paths: Estriade, Campagnarde and Montagnarde.

Beach Park Hours: Monday to Sunday 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Location: 15 Rue du Lac, Waterloo
Water games schedule: Monday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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PARC JEAN-DRAPEAU

Jean-Doré Beach is an ideal and must-go-to place for swimming enthusiasts. You can swim, get refreshed and play in the water in the huge modular swimming zone that covers a maximum 15,000 square metres in area.

The Beach also provides easy and special access to nature: a place where you can play in the golden sand, loll in the sun, rest under the shady trees and enjoy a relaxing time in the great outdoors.

The Parc Jean-Drapeau staff makes a concerted effort to ensure top-notch water quality and soft sand, and an inviting beach that is cleaned daily. The aim is to offer an enjoyable and memorable experience amid nature, just a few minutes from the major urban areas.

With family and friends, or even by yourself, Jean-Doré Beach is a delight for people of all ages, every day throughout the summer months.

2 years and under - Free
3-13 years - $4.50
14 years and over - $9
Family - $22

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