How to Beat the Heat!

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1. SPLASH PADS

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We’ve personally visited over 50 splash pads, and they’re all on the website. Everything from a park with one small fountain, to million dollar splash pads. And best thing? They’re free! While these are the ones we’ve been to, there are TONS on the island (though hardly any in the West Island). You can read about our favourites HERE

As with all our posts there is a description, full size photo gallery, map and driving directions, and usually a video. I do NOT take photos or video of other children, so sometimes videos just aren’t possible, sorry!
You can search for splash pads in the main menu under “SPLASH PADS” where they’re listed randomly, under “PLAYGROUNDS” with its dropdown of all the cities, OR use our handy dandy interactive map which you can find HERE. Also, you can just do a search for “splash pad” right on the site. 


2. MUNICIPAL POOLS

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This isn’t a super helpful entry, as it’s not like we’ve been to all the pools in the city, but seems like it should be here!
Some cities (like Verdun) have free access to their municipal pools for residents, some of the Montreal Boroughs charge a small daily fee if you’re not a resident, and there are the ones where you need to be a seasonal member. We’re members at our local pool so don’t really go to others, but if you don’t want to be tied down to one, you could plan a whole circuit. I suggest checking the individual cities’ website for opening hours and rates as they vary wildly. 

Note , the above picture is from Parc Decelles in Saint-Laurent, which is undergoing renovations this year, but I still like the picture!


3. BEACHES

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We’ve visited a few since last year. They’re all in the west part of Montreal, we’ll see about heading east this summer! Please check before going in 2017 as the high water levels are delaying the opening of some beaches. 
Here they are in no particular order:

Parc national d’Oka: Beach, watercraft to rent, walking & biking trails, ice cream, huge playground…

Parc-nature du Cap-Saint-Jacques: Beach, watercraft to rent, farm, walking & biking trails, farmers’ market…

Beach of the Regional Park of the Saint-Timothée Islands (Valleyfield): Beach, watercraft to rent, walking & biking trails, accessible playground, beach volleyball…

Parc-nature du Bois-de-l’Île-Bizard: (small) beach, walking & biking trails. 

Jack-Layton Park (Sandy Beach, Hudson)): Beach (ONLY for wading, there is no swimming allowed), walking trails.