I love water. I forget sometimes how much I love it, until I’m near it again.
A friend and I initially wanted to visit Verdun Beach, a fairly new urban beach set on the shore of the Saint-Lawrence river in the Verdun borough. When we arrived after a 45-minute bike ride, the beach was smaller than we thought and we realized it’s more suitable for families with children (not our profile). Instead, we decided to explore the green path alongside the river on foot. A genius decision! My Québécois friend has been living in Montreal for many years and was just as pleasantly surprised with this discovery as I was.
The trick is not to follow the concrete path for bikes and pedestrians, but to go closer to the river and follow the green dirt path. The path is more than 5 km long and goes all the way to Lasalle. The most beautiful part is the tall grass that separates the path from the river. Several small, man-made entrances lead to cosy resting spots near the water. Due to the tall grass, you are hidden from the busy path and you can have your private moment with the river.
The path has many access points throughout Verdun and Lasalle, but I took Verdun Beach as a starting point. You can easily bike there, but the beach is also just a good 10-minute walk from metro station De L’Eglise on the green line.