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New at the Clock Tower Beach

© Claude Cormier et associésSince last year, you can go to the beach… right in the heart of Old Montréal! Silky sand, a boardwalk, multi-hued umbrellas and comfortable lounge chairs imbue the summer terrace built near the Clock Tower on the Quays of the Old Port with a real holiday atmosphere. Enjoy a bite at the Buvette, run by chef Giovanni Apollo. After a day of shopping and museum-hopping, how better to recharge your batteries than sitting back and watching the pleasure boaters, hair blowing in the breeze? This beach is modelled after the Paris Plages (Paris Beaches), an attraction that has returned to the City of Light each summer since 2002.

New this year: free admission between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m., summer grilling to entice your taste buds and dancing to let your hair loose! From Misstress Barbara to DJ Champion, an array of rock and electronic artists will be hosting weekday happy hours and lending their beats. Nearly 60 concerts, at varying prices, will be held on the beach this summer. Weekends, the vibe will be more family friendly and, on Sunday afternoons, classical music will reign. During the nine evenings of the International des Feux Loto-Québec, the public is invited by the Sleeman company, starting at 8 p.m., to watch the fireworks for free to the sound of music during the Sleeman Fireworks Nights. The beach will be open on weekends from May 25 to June 16, and daily from June 22 to September 2. Welcome to Montréal-les-Bains!

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