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Montreal’s Mount Royal Park

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?

Tips for visiting:
-The entrance to the park is at the corner of Rue Peel and avenue des Pins
-The 144 bus will drop you right off at the entrance of the park (if coming from Old Montreal, a stop to catch the bus is right outside of the Saint Laurent metro station on the orange line)
-There are restrooms located in the Chalet.
-One apparently cannot get bottled water at the lookout. While Gatorade is available (Canada, seriously?) and also the most evil drinking concoction known to man (seltzer water, ewww), “normal” water is not so come prepared. 
 

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Quebec-not your typical Canadian experience
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6 Comments

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    Jo Ann M.
    August 2, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    The view from Mount Royal is beautiful! It’s too bad that Frederick Law Olmsted’s original design was not fully realized. They should try to complete it.

    Did you take photos of the sculpture garden or the chalet?

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    the red headed traveler
    August 2, 2013 at 7:55 pm

    Unfortunately, we did not “detour” for the sculpture garden 🙁 Our time was so limited and that paired with the heat and humidity we had one mission in mind which was to get to the look out.

    The chalet was meh 🙁 It basically just housed restrooms, a small gift shop and the five vending machines of seltzer water. I’m sure though during an event or back in the day 100 years ago it was spectacular. But the awesomeness of the view was definitely the outside!

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