For a city surrounded by water, we don’t have a tremendous number of beaches accessible to swimmers. But Montreal’s municipal government recently announced a plan to try to change that in time for the city’s 375th birthday in 2017.
The city’s Water Plan includes a proposal for a harbour bath – a stretch of water to be cordoned off for swimming at the Old Port near the Clock Tower. There will be an underwater net to prevent people from being swept away from the swimming zone. A similar harbour bath exists in Sydney, Australia and Copenhagen, Denmark.
There is also a proposal to create a beach in Verdun as well as in Rivière des Prairies/Pointe Aux Trembles borough, which will have a chalet, promenade, splash park installations and water sports facilities.
Part of the city’s plan is to have a program that helps finance activities on the water, including kayaking, fishing, sailing and ice canoeing. At least $4 million in funding for the two beach projects has been announced but the city hasn’t yet given a total price tag for the entire plan.