Mont Royal

The parks on Mont Royal in Montreal are some of the most beloved attractions in the city. They were designed by the man who also designed New York's Central Park and offer a spectacular view of the St. Lawrence River, the surrounding landscape and even the city. Mont Royal actually contributed to the name of the city, and reaches 725 feet.

There are all kinds of things to experience here. For example, you can sit in the Chateau and enjoy a casual meal in the cafeteria. From this vantage point you can see the modern buildings of the city. Belvedere Kondiaronk, the western lookout named for a famous Huron chef, also offers incredible scenery to behold.

The park was inaugurated in 1876. Here you will find woods, lakes, a sculpture garden and a ski slope. You can play tennis or basketball on the courts, enjoy the pool or just take in the scenery. There are bike trails for use in the warm months, and cross country skiing trails in the snowy season. There are events held in the area at different times around the year. One example is Tam-Tams, an event where residents play drums and dance. It is held near the Sir George-Etienne Cartier monument.

Close to St. Joseph's Oratory, a copper domed basilica atop the mountain you will see other religious sights also. One is a cross that is illuminated in purple when a Pope passes away and another takes his place. The two cemeteries in the area, Notre-Dame-des-Neiges and Mount Royal Cemetery and both quiet and scenic areas in which to stroll and collect your thoughts.

Another activity you can enjoy is exploring the Beaver Lake Pavilion. The design of this pavilion is a mix of modern and retro. Here there are many sculptures to see as well as a snack bar and ice skating in the winter. Also on Mont Royal is the Canadian Broadcasting Company transmission facility. The two buildings and 310 foot tower generate the majority of television and radio broadcasts. It's a must-see for anyone interested in this subject. You may also want to visit the University of Montreal. This site is a must for those who enjoy architecture.

It is easy to access the mountain. You can find your way up via any hill near the downtown area. If you don't want to walk, you can take the Montreal subway called the metro, or take a bus. You can also take a car on your own, drive up Cote-des-Neiges and you'll be there in no time.