Mont-Royal, Montreal

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1260 Remembrance Rd., Montréal, QC H3H 1A2, Canada +1 514-843-8240
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    Mont Royal

    by apbeaches Written Jul 6, 2015

    Mount Royal is a large hill or small mountain in the city of Montreal, immediately west of downtown Montreal. The hill is part of the Monteregian Hills situated between the Laurentians and the Appalachians. The hill consists of three peaks: Colline de la Croix (or Mont Royal proper) at 764 ft, Colline d'Outremont (or Mount Murray), at 692 ft, and Westmount Summit at 659 ft above sea level.

    The mountain is the site of Mount Royal Park, one of Montreal's largest green spaces. It was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, who also co-designed New York's Central Park, and inaugurated in 1876, although not completed to his design.

    There was a section to drive to and view the Olympic Stadium. Although there were signs not to; many cars full of families arrived, filled the garbage cans and fed the three large and friendly raccoon.

    The park contains two belvederes, the more prominent of which is the Kondiaronk Belvedere, a 100 year old semicircular plaza with a chalet, overlooking downtown Montreal. As of 2009, the Kondiaronk chalet's snack bar is being shut, there is a small gift shop, bathrooms and snack machines inside. There were Adirondack chairs to sit on and watch the sunset over Montreal.

    Address: 1260 Remembrance Rd., Montréal, QC H3H 1A2, Canada

    Directions: The hill is located west of downtown Montreal.

    Phone: +1 514-843-8240

    Website: http://www.montreal.com/parks/mtroyal.html

    The view of the city
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    Breathing Area

    by solopes Updated Mar 3, 2015

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    Overlooking the plane town of Montreal, the hill of Mount Royal (that gave name to the city) is at the same time, the "lungs" and the best sightseeing point of it.

    Small lakes and statues embellish this recreational area of Montreal

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    Parc Mont Royal

    by Jim_Eliason Updated Jan 21, 2013

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    The park provides fantastic views of the city below, the best in town. It takes considerable effort to get up to the view points and you should not attempt it if you are not in shape but once up the views are worth the effort.

    Address: Mont Royal

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    Mont-Royal Park

    by yooperprof Updated Jan 10, 2013

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    The first time I was in Montreal was in the middle of May, in 1996; I stopped there while driving back from Boston to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. I was there again sixteen years later, in November 2012, for a professional conference - and on both occasions I climbed the big hill that gives the city its name.

    Mont-Royal Park is an excellent place for a stroll. You're only a few minutes away from the commercial center of Quebec, but you have the feeling of being in the middle of an enchanted forest. (At least you do if you have a rich imagination.) There was a little more green in May than in November - but not all that musch more! Growing season in Montreal is short. (There is a way to drive up to the top, but to me that seems like cheating.)

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    Climb Mont Royal

    by Skibbe Written Sep 21, 2011

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    Its a long but mostly manageable climb up to Mont Royal (not a mountain, just 692 feet high) and a good first thing to do in the city. There are great views of the city from up here as well as a nice park with trails. It is a quiet escape from the bustling city below.

    Website: http://montreal.com/parks/mtroyal.html

    Part of the stairs leading up to Mont Royal View from Mont Royal Trail on Mont Royal Visitor Center on Mont Royal
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    Tam-Tam ,Mont Royal Park!

    by sirine Updated Aug 18, 2011

    If you are in Montreal on a Sunday, during summer time, you will be crazy to miss one of the greatest music gatherings or festivals ,held in Mont Royal park from 1pm till 6 pm.People just gather to play tam tam and dance, in a free spirited and energetic ambiance...DO NOT MISS IT !!

    Address: Mont Royal Park

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    Don't feed the squirrels!

    by tuoedisni1 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Another must-see in Montreal is the Lookout on Mount Royal. A few minutes walk from the parking lot gives you breathtaking view of the entire city. Last time I visited, they were shooting part of a movie there.
    If you walk a little further down the dirt path, you will come upon the cross. This is lit up at night and can be viewed by most of Montreal.
    The park was designed by Frederick Olmsted, the same designer of Central Park in NYC.

    Directions: Consult the website. If you drive, be prepared with coins to pay for the meter.

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    A walk in the clouds

    by etrehumain Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Mont-Royal is the lung of Montreal. Located in the middle of the city, it is always the perfect place for a walk, a run, a bicycle ride, a picnic, to play a sport or simply admire the incredible views of this city on the two panoramic viewpoints.

    Directions: Mont-Royal subway station
    then bus 11 west

    or

    Place-des-Arts subway station
    then bus 80 north

    General quarter of the Mont-Royal View from the Somewhere in the forest Top of the mount, the cross
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    View from the summit, part 1

    by etrehumain Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Up on the Mont-Royal, there is two panoramic viewpoints. The one in front of the downtown area is called "the Chalet lookout". Here you have a magnific view of all the buildings, the St-Laurent river, the Montérégie region and, when there is a blue sky, a part of Vermont in the States.

    If you come to Montreal for at least a week, take a break of all the action and come to admire this view.

    Address: Top of Mont-Royal

    Directions: Mont-Royal subway station
    then bus 11 west

    or

    Place-des-Arts subway station
    then bus 80 north

    Spring, love is in the air View of buildings, downtown St-Laurent river and Jacques-Cartier bridge This is Only a few steps to the top...
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    View from the summit, part 2

    by etrehumain Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Up on the Mont-Royal, there is two panoramic viewpoints. The one in front of the east part of Montreal is called "The Camilien-Houde lookout". Each day, many cars crossing the mount stop here to take a break and also take many pictures. There you have a wonderfull view of the Olympic stadium, the Jacques-Cartier bridge, the St-Laurent river, the Plateau-Mont-Royal and Mile-End districts. It is also possible to walk from the other viewpoint to this one.

    At night, be sure to find many couples kissing. The perfect spot for a little love.

    Address: Chemin Camilien-Houde

    Directions: Mont-Royal subway station
    then bus 11 west

    Plateau Mont-Royal and furter Olympic stadium Take a break here Stairs to the A very romantic place at night Many athletes practice here
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    Mont-royal

    by Martman Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Mont-Royal is a hill that is immediately north of the city downtown.
    The mountain is part of the Monteregian mountain chain situated between the Laurentians and the Appalachians. This hill (or small mountain) is just over 200 meters high.

    I wonderful way to spend a morning is to take a slow walk up the meandering path to the summit of the mountain. At the top is a really nice view of the city Montreal. I was really happy to have walked my way up. Besides the huge viewing balcony, there are many gift shops and paths along the hill for walking.

    My friend David and me at the foot of the mountain Relative and me. Other viewers enjoying sight!

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    Enjoying Mont-Royal Park

    by Gwenvar Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    City of snow and of tunnels, where winter seems never to be ceasing, we wonder if we'll transform into moles by the end of it. That would be, if we did'nt have our beautiful Parc du Mont-Royal, our mountain in the middle of our island, and our multitude of parks and skating rinks.
    This is where I learned to ski, both cross-country (there are 20 km of trails) and downhill and both with my cross-country skis, I don't suggest trying the later. Younger and older children can have fun tobogganing and tub sliding. When your older, you usually go at night with your friends, especially if there was a fresh fall of snow. And there are snowshoeing trails as well as ice skating. You can rent some equipment at the Beaver Lake pavilion.

    In summer, thought, when we have our warm temperature back, then again do we go and enjoy our mountain. Sometimes for the Tam-tams, which are so many being percutionned that you can hear them well before you arrive. They are out as soon as the last snow has melted, as in this cold climate we take everything we can of the warm weather. Others go to participate or look at medieval tournaments. Made just for the fun of it, nothing organised. But fun enought for people who enjoy reenacting such battles.
    Other than that, you can simply go and have a long nice walk amongst the trees, in small paths or on larger ones. And rent a pedal boat atop. Or rent a bike and go on the mountain biking paths.
    Map of the park

    Some history facts:
    In 1535, Jacques Cartier climbed the mountain guided by the native inhabitants of Hochelaga (Native name for Montreal), and named it Mont-Royal. And in1874, Frederick Law Olmsted is hired by the City of Montreal to draft plans for the park. The same landscape architect who design Central Park, in New York.

    To drive to the Mont-Royal Park: Car: Avenue Du Parc and take Voie Camilien-Houde to go up, there's lots of parking spaces.
    Le MontRoyal driving instructions

    Address: By Park Avenue and/or Cote-Des-Neiges

    Directions: From Place-Des-Arts Metro, Jeanne-Mance exit, take either bus 129, 80 or 535 towards the North. It's hard to miss.
    From Mont-Royal Metro, Only one exit, take either the 11 bus the only one that can take you all the way up the mountain or the 97 bus.

    Daily Walk On The Mount-Royal In the olden days of the Mont-Royal Park At the observatory looking towards downtown The Mont-Royal Chalet The Chalet's Interior
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    A Mountain in the City!

    by wahine76 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    There's a mountain right in the middle of the city and it is called Mont-Royal...which is where Montreal (Mont-Real) is taking its name from! Paul Chomedey, sieur de Maisonneuve, first erected a wooden cross on the mountain in 1643.

    Mount-Royal is also a huge park where locals like to go for walks, runs, cross-country skiing, mountain biking, picnics or walk their dog...Locals and tourists also go there to have a breath-taking view of the city and its surroundings. The best spot is at the Belvedere. The park was actually designed by FREDERICK LAW OLMSTED, the famous landscape architect who also designed New York City's Central Park. The Mount-Royal Park was officially inaugurated in 1876.

    Address: Parc & Mont-Royal avenues

    Directions: Surrounding n'hoods are downtown, Westmount, Outremont, Cote-des-Neiges, Parc Extension and obviously Le Plateau (Mont-Royal) district.

    You can walk, drive or take the bus to get there. Metro is Mont-Royal and ask for the bus that goes on the mountain.

    A view of downtown from Mont-Royal

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    Mont-Royal

    by kala6487 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Early French explorers found this city on the river and most notably the 'mountain' that sits behind it. It's not really a mountain, but rather an impressive hill that sports a park and many luxurious homes. I was surprised at home many famous and important people live up there. The word 'Montreal' comes from the French slurring together of Mont and Royal.

    Take a drive up there both in the daytime and at night. The view is spectacular.

    View from the top
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    Mont Royal - A nice hike with a great view

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Mont-Royal is a nice hike from the center on Montreal. On top of the mountain is a beautiful family park as well as a great view of the city. We hiked up the south side of the mountain, stopped at Lac auz Castors, then continued on to the Chalet for a wonderful view of downtown.

    Directions: Walk North from Peel Station on Rue Peel.

    View of Montreal from Mount-Royal Chalet Lookout
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