Favorite thing: The climb to the top is a long one! We got a little sidetracked, as the stairs to the main trail were closed due to the snow, and we ended up going down the mountain before going up (don't ask me to be your guide anywhere, I have poor sense of direction!). Despite the cold and the snow, people were strolling along the trail, some were cross-country skiing, and as we neared the chalet there were throngs of people sledding down the side of the mountain. It was fun to watch, as some sleds were sophicated while others were pieces of plastic or just a cardboard box with string! The view at the top is beautiful, with a view of the city and the river.
Have a look on the city from the Mont Royal. To go there : take the metro until Guy - Concordia then the bus (several lines).
Fondest memory: The park is very large and you have to climb by stairs to reach the belvedere.
Behind the belvedere, there is the Chalet, a nice 19° Century building.
An extinct volcano from which the city takes its name (Mont-Real), presides over the south center of the island and is the city’s dominant physical feature. The best way to experience the area is to hike the walking paths that lead from the foot of the mountain through Mont-Royal Park. They offer fine views of downtown and the river. The park’s Beaver Lake (no beavers) functions as an ice-skating rink in the winter and as a nice place for picnicking in the summer (swimming is not allowed). Mount Royal is also the site of the 100-ft/30-m steel cross that, when lit at night, is visible for miles.
Fondest memory: On the northern slope of the mountain is St. Joseph’s Oratory, a massive basilica with a copper dome. The site has many of the qualities of Old World Catholicism: Pilgrims go there seeking cures and inspiration, and the heart of Brother Andre, a healer who first proposed the basilica, is on display in the museum.
Well you can't miss it when you are in Montreal, 'MONT ROYAL'... there is a mountain in the middle of the city... all green and big... (well for a guy from flat Holland)
If you want to do some hiking go up the montain and find the Chalet you have a great view if downtown Montreal, as you can see on the picture.
Go buy some maple candy if they are stoked again...hihihi I bought the whole bucket just before I went back home... was the first to do this... so that was fun... and they are really good believe me.
Fondest memory: Mont Royal was my favorite part of Montreal. It's a hill/mountain right next to the city. It has hiking trails and monuments...and, if I remember correctly, every Sunday they have a big drum festival where people drum, dance, or just hang out...it was pretty crowded when I was there. The picture is of downtown Montreal from the view of Mont Royal.
Les TAM TAM du Mont-Royal. During the summer, each Sunday, a huge amount of persons gatter at the bottom of Mount-Royal. A lot of persons are there and play the drums, so you can enjoy their music. You can just sit there and enjoy the sun, or there are a bunch of artisans (does that word exist?!?) who are sell there works (necklaces, rings, etc.) It is kind of a hippie gattering, a lot of persons a there to smoke a good joint, but no one will look at you in a weird way, whatever your type is!
Fondest memory: You MUST try to go at the TAM TAM on a Sunday. It's unique to Montreal and it is a great time. You also will have a chance to meet all sort of people!
Favorite thing: Go to the Tam-Tams if you're going in the summer. The Tam-Tams are a culural event held every Sunday. People head off to Mount Royal at the statue and jam with african drums, whistles, flutes. They dance. It's a great place if you want to veg out on the grass in the sun after a night of partying. Just take the metro and get off at Mont Royal station. Head up the mountain. Follow the people walking around with drums, they'll lead you to it!!!!
Favorite thing: Go to the Belvedere atop Mont-Royal. The mountain dominates the city and from its top there is a magificent panoramic view of the skyline, south shore suburbs, and mountains beyond. Behind the belvedere is the Chalet du Mont-Royal, a magnificent 19th century building with high rafters and paintings chronicling the birth of New France and Montreal. I was surprised to find that the belvedere, while being a major tourist attraction, was not very crowded at all, possibly due to its wide open space and long climb to the top. To get there by foot, head to the intersection of rue Peel and Avenue des Pins and proceed into Mont-Royal Park. From here follow the signs. There are many ways to the top of the mountain, among them some very steep stairs (for those who wish to get up fast) and a serpetine path (for those biking or those who just don't like walking up steep slopes). You can also drive or take a bus to the top.
Favorite thing: Visit Mont Royal (hence the name Montreal) for a beutiful view of the city. You can always catch a nice carriage ride up the mountain from the downtown core. Visit the main drag (St Catherine street) and Old Montreal.
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Fondest memory: Visiting Beaver Lake on the top of Mount Royal seen in the picture. In the heart of Montreal we have a National Park which comprises the whole top of the mountain. This PARK will celebrate 125 years of existence this year. It was designed by the same architect that designed CENTRAL PARK IN NEW YORK CITY.
Take a walk on the Mont-Royal. This mountain, that gave the name to the city, is in the middle of the city. It's a funny feeling to start walking in this park because you don't feel in the middle of a large city. Nice place for nature lovers. The park also offers great view of the city.
On Sunday afternoons, if you are feeling a bit hippy, go to the bottom of the mountain, next to the statue and just sit back in the grass or dance to the sounds of the Tam-Tams. People gather around this statue with their percussions and just jam with all the others. Some of the people that are there are an organized group, but others just go there with their instruments.
Bring a picnic and enjoy. There used to be a lot of pot smoking and dealing there, but the police did a big clean-up and there is far less now.
Although I've never been there at night, I would not recommend it. The bushes seem to move a whole lot in some parts of the mountain...
Favorite thing: In the distance you can see the Leaning Tower of the Olympic Stadium from the 1976 Olympic games. It's pretty impressive looking especially at night when its lit up. We didn't have time to get a look up close though. Maybe next time!
Favorite thing: When going to the Mont-Royal, it is always pleasant to walk all the way to the Chalet and admire the view of downtown Montreal. Even if I was born and raised here, I still go to look at the view. Downtown, of course, but also the St-Lawrence River and the Monteregian Hills, which the Mount-Royal is also part of. Born 125 million years ago, so, relativelly young, but still, from when Europe and America were still joined.
Favorite thing: What is great about this mountain of ours, in the middle of our island-city, is that we can find all sorts of little paths, that can give us the impression that we are outside of the said city, however wonderfully we might think of it...
This is a big park where apparently Montrealers enjoy very much strolling and performing other activities, no matter what the season of the year is. It's located on the top of Mont Royal, there's a bus which takes you there and you can get off right in front of the entrance (it passes by every hour, approximately).
Far behind you can see what I think are some ski slopes (although very small), and I never got to know for sure if what you can see in front of them was a lake.... it looked like one to me, totally frozen of course, but I didn't get to confirm it (the park DOES have one but I remained really close to the entrance at all times and didn't get to explore much of it).
The park was totally deserted by the time I visited it but I think families must crowd it when the weather is nice and more outdoor activities can be performed - i.e. picnics, ball playing, kite flying, jogging, sun bathing, etc.! It must look beautiful in the spring/summer time, but even better in the fall when the trees become red-orange-yellow!
Fondest memory: You can see many kinds of birds and squirrels around! You really feel like you are out of the city while being inside the park! There are some nice houses in the surroundings -- the area in general is very peaceful and not crowded, at least by the time I was there.