Next May, people visiting Canada may get the feeling that they're in
a European city, as the Port of Montreal will open Montreal Plage,
which is an urban beach that is supposed to resemble those seen in
Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin and Prague.
The Vancouver Sun reports that this is the most immediate plan for part of a $180 million project to redevelop the Old Port area. The waterfront beach will allow more than 800 visitors at a time, which will surely bring in some eager tourists.
"The urban beach will offer stunning views of the St. Lawrence, Jacques Cartier Bridge and Saint Helen's Island as well as a magnificent view of Old Montreal," Claude Benoît, the redevelopment president, told CBC News. "This project is the result of the repeated requests of citizens to be able to get closer to the water and the river and to feel as though they are somewhere else, even while in the city."
The news provider reports that the beach will be completely ready by next summer.