The group wants more free beaches on the island of Montreal, 50 suitable sites

With only three public beaches with access to swimming on the island of Montreal, many are asking the City to do better to offer people a place to cool off in the summer.

Nearly 100 people jumped Friday from Quai Jacques-Cartier in Old Montreal as part of the Grand Splash, an event that draws attention to the lack of beach access in the metropolis.

“We’re jumping into the water in the only place left to open a swimming spot near downtown Montreal,” said Fondation Rivières president and CEO André Bélanger.

Six more events will take place next week, drawing attention to the availability of free places to swim.

“It’s just a wonderful place to do it,” Belanger said.

Here are the only official beaches for free swimming in Montreal:

  • Verdun Beach, near boul. The room.
  • Cap-Saint-Jacques beach, near boul. Gouin. near the northwestern tip of Montreal.
  • Île-Bizard, rue Bord-du-Lac on Île-Bizard. (This beach is currently closed).

There are beach development projects in Lachine, East Beach and Bellerive Park in Montreal East.

Rivers Foundation says there are more than 50 places with water quality suitable for swimming.

According to the Fondation Rivières, there are more than 50 places on the island of Montreal where the water quality is conducive to swimming. SOURCE: Rivers Foundation

— Watch Belanger’s full interview with CTV News anchor Angela MacKenzie, above.

Christy J. Olson