Mount-Royal Park, at the same name hill, is one of the places you must definitely visit in Montreal. This mountain is in the middle of the city, it’s visible almost from every part of it and rules its panorama. It was turned into a park in 1876.
It’s divided into three areas: two cemeteries and the park itself, with several viewpoints and many paths that cross the mountain in every possible direction.
You can access by foot, by bike, by public transport and by car, and the entrance is free. However if you go by car you must pay for parking.
It is, without doubt, a great meeting place for the people in Montreal, with many open air activities of all kind and for all ages. Besides the great number of groups of people of all ages and nationalities, we were surprised by the large amount of people with portable barbecues that seemed to spend the entire day there (it was July 1st, the Canada National Day).
It’s always worth going to any scenic viewpoint and walking a while along some of the paths. In a sunny day the sights from the viewpoints must be much better than the ones you’ll see in the photos at the end of this post.
We stopped at Camilien-Houde viewpoint, where we took some pictures, and we didn’t dare to walk up to Mount-Royal Cross (the rain was threatening and indeed it started to rain) and later we went to Beaver Lake, where we walked between the rain drops and made an improvised picnic, among grey squirrels as big as cats, and seagulls (the were all over the city).
Some photos and a video from a squirrel in the park:
Address: 1260, chemin Remembrance, Montréal, QC
GPS Coordinates: 45.501620, -73.593213
More information: Mount-Royal Park (you’ll find an interactive map in English and French)