Flip and Dip: Montreal’s Best Pools

After a typically abysmal winter, and a non-existent spring, summer’s been a disappointment. Cool weather and frequent rain have meant far too many movies and not nearly enough patios and pools. Now that the heat seems to have finally arrived, we don’t intend to spend any more time indoors. Our first order of business: We’re going to find a spot by the pool. And you?

The Wet Bar: Hotel de la Montagne
Summer revellers at this rooftop pool can drink like fish thanks to a swim-up bar. This vibrant spot offers all the dancing and flirting of neighbouring Crescent Street – only with way more bikinis. 1430 de la Montagne St., 514-288-5656.

The Urban Oasis: Royal Victoria Hospital Pool
Don’t be fooled by the decidedly unsexy name: Leafy, free of dive-bombing children, and nestled at the foot of the Mountain, this is the city’s finest urban oasis. Crawling with hot, tanned young Westmount babes. Beside the hospital, 514-934-1934 (ext. 34141).

The Campus Club: La Cité
Join fit university students on the rooftop of this posh building in the McGill ghetto. A $12 entry fee ($5 after 7 p.m., during the week), gets you access to the well-appointed gym, spa and the indoor/outdoor rooftop pool, which gets sun well into the evening. 350 Prince Arthur W., 514-288-8221.

The Hipster Haven: Sir Wilfred-Laurier Pool
What this municipal outdoor pool lacks in cocktail bars it makes up for in setting and sass. Embrace park life and don’t even think of it as the pauper’s choice: This is the spot for bronzing among the Plateau’s jeunes et jolis. 5200 Brebeuf Street, 514-872-4050.

Image courtesy of Dan Queiroz of DQ Fotografia on Flickr.

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