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Montreal Families

Day trip: Play and swim at this nearby park

Beautiful soft sandy beach, an amazing playground, trails to meander, picnic areas, and plenty of watercraft to play on. Oh, and did I mention the zipline? There’s a lot to love about Parc régional des Îles-de-Saint-Timothée. A hit with locals and visitors alike, families can spend the day here relaxing, swimming, playing, and enjoying everything the site has to offer.

Photo credit: Deny Cardinal – plage du parc régional de Saint-Timothée – Tourisme Montérégie

About a 25-minute drive from Montreal’s West Island, the park boasts one of the prettiest beaches around. Soft sand is perfect for endless sandcastle building and eases gently into the shallow water where kids can sit and splash about. If your kids tire of playing at the beach, a large inclusive playground will beckon them with its slides, playhouse, climbing walls, and swings. The nearby zipline with its view of the water will have the whole family exclaiming “Eeeeeeeeee!” as you take turns hanging on for the ride.

Photo credit: Ville de Salaberry-de-Valleyfield

When you’re tuckered out and need to reenergize, settle down at one of the picnic tables that are scattered around (note that glass containers, BBQs, and radios are not allowed), or visit the snack bar and ice cream shop on site. Afterwards, take a walk to the small island of Îles des frères for family photos on the sweet bridge and a stroll around the nature paths.

Pedalboats, canoes, kayaks and stand-up paddleboards are all available to rent by the hour. And if you want to try out some games but don’t feel like carting them from home, there is Spike Ball, washers, and pétanque available for $5, and volleyballs for $8. For those with reduced mobility, a wheeled Hippocampe beach chair can be reserved in advance for no charge by calling 450 377-1117.

Photo credit: Deny Cardinal – plage du parc régional de Saint-Timothée – Tourisme Montérégie

This season the beach will open at full capacity and no reservations are required. Present yourself at the ticket office during the beach’s opening hours, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The beach opens for its first weekend in mid-June. Check the website for specific dates.

Children 4 and under enter for free, those aged 5-15 are $8 or $6 after 4 p.m. A family pass, which includes 2 adults and 3 children is $35 for the day, or $25 if it’s after 4 p.m. Residents of Salaberry-de-Valleyfield can take advantage of free access, simply go to the reception with your Accès Loisirs card. Residents of the municipality of Les Cèdres receive a discount on the entrance ticket to the beach by presenting their proof of residence.

For information and assistance call 450 377-1117 or email parcdesiles@ville.valleyfield.qc.ca

Parking is free and available at 240 Saint-Laurent Street, Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, or follow the signs for the large parking lot west of the park.

Stay up-to-date on events and schedule changes through the city’s Facebook page, and see full details on hours, rates, and rules at ville.valleyfield.qc.ca/plage.

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