Montreal may not have the majestic waterfronts of Boston, or the bohemian beach culture that defines Miami, but there’s at least one place in southern Quebec where we can pretend it does. Plage Saint-Zotique, the waterfront beach 50 minutes from downtown Montreal, opens for the season on June 11.
The beach features Caribbean-style thatched huts, a symbol it incorporated into its logo as it nears its 40th year of operation. He promises a season “full of surprises and activities for all” to celebrate this milestone anniversary.
Online, the beach boasts of “fine sand and crystal clear water” and is called “one of the most beautiful beaches in the province”.
Visitors can opt for a relaxing day of swimming in the St. Lawrence and sunbathing on the sand, or take advantage of some on-site activities and water equipment rentals, including stand-up paddle boards, kayaks and pedal boats.
There’s even a floating obstacle course.
A restaurant on the beach promises a “panoramic view” of the river. Beachgoers can also grab a cone from an on-site ice cream shop during warmer weather.
Access to the beach is free for residents of Saint-Zotique. Tickets are $12 for non-resident adults. Watercraft rentals range in price from $10 per hour (for a two-seater paddle boat) to $20 per hour (for two-seater kayaks and four-seater paddle boats).
Get the details below.
St. Zotique Beach
Price: $12/adult for non-residents
When: Opens June 11, 2022; open seven days a week, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: 105 81st Avenue, Saint-Zotique, QC
Before you go, check out our Guide to Responsible Travel to be informed, be safe, be smart and above all, be respectful on your trip.