Montreal to build waterfront beach

An urban beach – complete with sand, umbrellas and a boardwalk – will be built in Montreal's Old Port near the old clock tower.
The beach will be built next to the Saint-Lawrence River. ((Société du Vieux-Port de Montréal))
An urban beach – complete with sand, umbrellas and a boardwalk – will be built in Montreal's Old Port near the old clock tower.

Montreal's Port Authority announced its plan for a downtown beach Wednesday.

No swimming will be allowed at the beach, because of strong currents in the Saint-Lawrence River, said authority president Claude Benoît.

As many as 800 people could use the beach at any given time and would be able to enjoy the city's waterfront, Benoît said.

"The urban beach will offer stunning views of the St. Lawrence, Jacques Cartier Bridge and Saint Helen's Island as well as a magnificent view of Old Montreal. This project is the result of the repeated requests of citizens to be able to get closer to the water and the river and to feel as though they are somewhere else, even while in the city," she said.

Modelled after similar city beaches in Paris, Berlin and Amsterdam, Montreal's sand strip is part of a $180 million waterfront revitalization project.

The beach will be in place for the 2012 summer season.