Montreal’s no-swim beach becoming popular

Launched on June 14 this year, the new Clock Tower Beach, a ‘no-swim’ beach in Montreal, has been attracting large numbers of visitors.

A beach that does not allow swimming sounds like a strange concept, but people are believed to be visiting the attraction to escape the buzz of the city. Those that visit the white sand beach can sit back and pick out city landmarks and watch the activity on the St. Lawrence River. Visitors can see the old Molson brewery, the steel trusses of the Jacques-Cartier Bridge, and La Ronde, the city’s offshore amusement park, against the city skyline.

Authorities have banned swimming at the beach because of the strong currents on the lake. Sunbathers can however have access to refreshing mist showers to make up for not having access to the water. The beach does also have some safe pools where visitors can paddle in the waters.

The beach is located on a quay at the city’s Old Port, and the destination was named after the giant clock tower that stands at the water’s edge. There is also an adjacent marina that houses a few motorboats and yachts.

Visitors that visit the beach can take walks on the boardwalk or visit Old Montreal, which is a shopping treat for foodies, art experts and curio hunters. Other attractions include boat cruises, caleche rides, a child-friendly science centre, and a Cirque du soleil performance.

The beach also has a refreshment stand in the evening, and is open every day until September 2, between 10.30am and 7.30pm.