Although Mount Royal is technically a hill in the city of Montreal, it sure felt like it was a mountain when walking climbing up it. It’s also what gave Montreal its name (Montreal=royal mountain). While there was enough to keep me busy in Vieux Montreal during my visit there last month, I love me a good view and a good view is definitely what I given. It took a metro and a bus ride too to get to just the entrance but it was definitely all worth it.
On a neat connection note, the park was actually designed by Frederick Law Olmsted (you may remember him from another famous park called Central Park) although it wasn’t completed to his design. As we were on somewhat of a fixed schedule, we didn’t take time for any detours but on the way up to the Chalet du Mont Royal (the lookout point) there is a lake, a sculpture garden, and in the winter, cross-country skiing. If you are like us, you can just take the switchbacks all the way up. Apparently there used to be a funicular to take people to the top although operations ceased in 1920. I can’t say that on the very hot and muggy day we visited, a ride to the top wouldn’t have been nice.
Montreal doesn’t have any recognizable buildings in its skyline on a world scale like say New York City or Paris, and yet after huffing and puffing my way to the top, the view that greeted me was simply magnificent. Wouldn’t you agree that it’s a pretty spectacular view?
More in this series!
Montreal, Canada-a sneak peek
Montreal’s Atwater Market
Montreal’s Notre-Dame Basilica
Vieux Montreal-a photo essay
Hotel Nelligan-a review
Osteria Venti-restaurant review
Quebec-not your typical Canadian experience
Montreal trip tips