Montreal pools extend opening hours to combat heat wave

Parc Jean-Duceppe water park in the east end of Montreal on July 16, 2013. David Sedell/Global News

MONTREAL – Some residents in Montreal West are finding the perfect way to beat the heat and cope with rising temperatures – by swimming day and night.

The town’s municipal pool on Bedbrook Avenue has extended its opening hours until Thursday.

Free swim will last until 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and 10 p.m. Wednesday night.

“Saturday and Sunday were both very busy days at the pool,” said Nicky Drummond, a Montreal West lifeguard.

“From 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., [it] was jam packed so to accommodate that was also crazy in the pool. We had an extra life guard so we’re staying open late to accommodate everybody who wants to come swimming.”

Montreal West is not the only municipality extending its pool hours to help Montrealers keep cool.

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Côte-des-Neiges-Notre-Dame-de-Grâce’s Confédération and Kent pools will remain open until 8 p.m. Tuesday, while the splash pads will be open until 11 p.m.

Vaudreuil-Dorion opted to extend its operating hours for pools until 8 p.m. and splash pads until 11 p.m.

The Sainte-Madelaine pool will stay open until Aug. 23 and the Saint-Jean-Baptiste pool will welcome swimmers until Aug. 30.

The complete list of extended pool hours across the island can be found on each borough or city’s website.

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