Montrealers are fleeing the city

Les Montréalais fuient la ville

While the mercury has reached more than 30 degrees Celsius on Saturday, Montrealers were almost not found in the parks, on the beaches and on the shores of the metropolis.

The parks, The Fountain, Jarry and parc du Quai-de-la-Tortue, along the St. Lawrence river, were almost all the deserts on Saturday, was able to see The Log.

Unlike the first days of summer, where the green spaces had been taken by assault, the social distancing of two metres was easily passable.

A few families gathered around the various water games, while some took advantage of the nice weather to sunbathe in the sun or have a picnic under a tree.

Places are limited

At the beach of Verdun, fences have been installed to limit the number of visitors to the site. Only 80 people can now enjoy swimming and a team attends to a rotation of the customer every time.

Given that many of the beaches are still closed to the public, such as that of Jean-Drapeau park or Longueuil, on Charron island, Montrealers appear to have fled to other areas refreshing.


Nadine St-Amant, co-owner of the Super Aqua Club in Pointe-Calumet, on the North Shore, is estimated to have received nearly 1800 amateurs of slips for the single day of Saturday.

“It was not complete, but it was more of the world that in the last days. Usually, there are a lot of people during the day and it is quite stable, but there, we saw people arrive continually surely because they were too hot, ” says Ms. St-Amant.

For his part, Peter Shapiro, columnist movement Radio Movement, has noticed that a lot of people are headed to the beach of Oka in the Lower Laurentians, as the traffic was ” very complicated “.

According to him, the many holiday departures of residents of the metropolis would be mainly responsible for this decrease apparent of the parks in montreal.

“The autoroute des Laurentides was very congested. There has been a lot of people [towards the north] throughout the day, ” he said.

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