Here are some destinations where you can spend a nice day at the beach without having to travel too far from the West Island.
Beaches Near West Island Montreal
Bois-de-l’Île-Bizard Nature Park
2115 ch. du Bord du Lac
Ile Bizard, Quebec
This beach is located on the northern side of Ile Bizard in the Bois-de-l’Île-Bizard Nature Park. The park has some marshland areas as well as several kilometers of walking and biking trails. Admission is free but there is a charge for parking.
Website: Parc Bois-de-l’Île-Bizard
Cap Saint Jacques Beache
20099 Gouin West
The Parc Nature du Cap-Saint-Jacques beach is located right on the island of Montreal on the edge of Lake of Two Mountains. The beach equipped with volleyball nets, ample parking and a network of nature trails. A snack bar is open in the afternoon and you can rent canoes, kayaks and pedal boats.
2020 Oka Road
Oka beach is less than an hours drive from Montreal. It offers a variety of water sports, picnic area, children's playgrounds, hiking and cycling trails.
Website: Oka Beach
Plage de Saint-Timothée
240 Saint-Laurent Street
Saint-Timothée’s Parc régional des îles offers swimming on a sandy beach, picnic areas, pedal boats, canoeing and kayaking. A service chalet includes a snack bar and bathrooms.
Website: Plage de Saint-Timothée
Plage de Saint-Zotique
105, 81e avenue
A beach destination less than an hour from the West Island.
Website: St. Zotique Beach
Plage du Parc Jean-Drapeau
Île Notre-Dame, Montréal
Located just minutes from downtown Montreal on Ile Notre Dame, this beach on a man made lake also has a pool nearby as well as boat rentals. Admission for children 5 and under is free.
Website: Parc Jean-Drapeau
Voyageur National Park
Voyageur National park is less than an hour drive from the West Island and has a great beach and picnic area if you are looking for an easy day trip destination. The park offers swimming on a sandy beach, picnic areas, BBQ facilities and a small convenience store and snack bar. Washroom facilities available on site. A roped off area is designated for swimming. There are no lifeguards on duty at this beach so you must supervise your children at all times while they are near the water.
Website: Voyageur National Park