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Historical Verdun, The Beach | Quebec postcard, pre-1960s

vintage postcard, bathers

A few weeks ago Montreal Gazette reporter Monique Beaudin devoted one of her Green Life columns to the issue  that though Montrealers live on an island in the middle of the St-Lawrence River they’ve had little or no access to that river since the 1960s, because of the increased pollution including improper raw sewage treatment.  She goes on to say that “Now there are two public beaches on the island – one at the Cap St. Jacques nature park in Pierrefonds and the other the man-made Jean Drapeau Park beach on Ile Notre Dame” and authorities are working on many new projects including “a floating dock on the waterfront near the Natatorium swimming complex in Verdun”.

So I thought this would be a good moment to share this old postcard of the original Verdun Beach located on the St-Lawrence River on Montreal Island. It was still open when I was a child and it’s great to think that it might be open again some day for my grandchildren!

July 27, 2010 - Posted by | . |


  1. The photo must be very pre 1960s. I lived in Verdun from 1947 to 1969. We never had a beach during this time period. My mom who lived in Verdun from the 1930s to her death in 1999 talked about swimming at a place called “Flat Rock”. This was apparently the closest swimming area. It would be in present day LaSalle not Verdun. When we went swimming in the 1950s, we either went to the Verdun Natatorium in Verdun, or Hogan’s Bath in the Point.


    Comment by Leo Daniel Redmond | October 9, 2010 | Reply

    • Hey Dan you forgot the pool on St.Helen’s Island up until the construction of EXPO 67.Flat rock I remember our aunt Vera Wattie taking us there we had to walk a distant from where the end of the bus was to the beach.


      Comment by Stephen Redmond | March 30, 2011 | Reply

  2. Judging by the picture I’d have to say it is around 1st or 2nd ave in Verdun above Leblancs Warf .I say this because that is Nuns island in the background and by where the tree line stops and the farm begins.That little clump of trees you see on the island is where the house barn and stables were.Of coarse this is long covered up in landfill.


    Comment by Wayne Latter | January 7, 2013 | Reply

  3. Any pics of Brown Boulevard? Used to play hockey and skate there; baseball in summer. Talking 1955-1965


    Comment by Stefan Cohan | June 27, 2015 | Reply

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