The city of Longueuil will have a beach open to the public next year.
It's part of a plan to reclaim the waterfront that's been cut off from foot traffic for decades.
The city is using this week's Jeux du Quebec athletic competition as a kind of test run for the beach and is expected to welcome visitors next summer.
Jacques Tetrault of the city of Longueuil says some details, including the beach's exact location, entry fee and size, remain to be determined.
But there is a clear political and public desire to change how South Shore residents interact with the river.
"For two years now, we've been thinking about [creating a beach]," he says. "There is a strong will from the administration to make the shore of the St. Lawrence river available again."
Tetrault says a lot of work was needed to prepare the shore for human use, but he estimates the entire project will cost under a million dollars.