The city of Montreal derives its name from Mount Royal, the large hill that overlooks Montreal Island and the Saint Lawrence River. Spread out over the hill is Parc du Mont-Royal, the most famous of Montreal's parks. From the upper portions you can enjoy unsurpassed views of the city and its surroundings.
The mountain is technically more of a large hill with a total of three peaks ranging in height from 659-754 feet above sea level. Covering an area just shy of 500 acres, the park offers visitors a wide range of activities. From spring through autumn visitors can enjoy walking or hiking on the many paths and taking in the beautiful vistas of the Montreal Skyline and beyond. Paddle boats can be rented at the small lake. During the winter months you can still walk or hike, but you can also enjoy cross-country skiing, ice skating on Beaver Lake or tubing and tobogganing on the toboggan runs. Equipment rentals are available. For a real workout try climbing the Mount Royal Stairs, 400 wooden steps up the mountain starting from the corner of Peel Street and Pine Avenue.
The park is beautiful anytime of the year, but is particularly well known for the colourful displays of foliage throughout its mixed forests during autumn.
A prominent feature of the park is the giant 103 foot cross that sits atop the hill. Brilliant LED lighting make it especially prominent at night. The lights are normally white, but the color can be changed for special occasions. The current cross was erected in 1924, but its roots go all the way back to 1643 when the first cross was erected to fulfill a vow made by the city's founder, Paul Chomedey de Maisonneuve, when praying to Virgin Mary to prevent a threatening flood.
There are a couple of popular lookouts on the hill. The largest is Belvedere Kondiaronk which was built in 1906. It sits in front of the historic Chalet du Mont-Royal, a magnificent stone building constructed as a 'make work project' during the Great Depression which served as a venue for Big Band concerts throughout the 1930s and 1940s. Today the Chalet can be reserved for major provincial, national or international events providing they do not interfere with the ability of visitors to access the park and the lookout. When the Chalet is not being used for a special event, you can visit the cafeteria for snacks and refreshments. The rustic interior features exposed wood beams and a stone fireplace. Original paintings illustrating the history of Montreal hang from the walls. The other belvedere, a bit of a lovers point, looks east toward Olympic Park.
During the summer season you can ride a free shuttle bus between Laurier Metro Station and the Belvedere Kondiaronk lookout. The 804 Shuttle operates every 30 minutes. Scroll down to the directions section below for more details.
The greenspace of Mount Royal is further extended along the western flank by two expansive cemeteries; Mont-Royal and Cote-des-Neiges and on the northeast by Parc Jeanne-Mance which has a soccer field, baseball diamonds and tennis courts. Dining in the park is available in the Pavilion located by Beaver Lake where you can choose from a cafeteria or formal dining room.
With so much to offer, Parc du Mont Royal should definitely be on your must see list and is a place where you can easily enjoy the better part of an entire day. For a completely different view don't miss the opportunity to visit one of the lookouts at night as well.
Visit Mount Royal Lookout Walk for our step-by-step directions and a park map that will guide you from Peel Metro station, via the trails and stairs, to the bevedere lookout on top of Mont-Royal.
Facts For Your Visit
Official Website: Parc du Mont-RoyalFee: No
Address: Mount Royal, Montreal, QC H3H 1A1, Canada
Ratedout of 5
Fantastic hiking. You can choose the paved roads or hit the rustic trails. Beautiful views of Montreal. There were a number of people hiking, walking, and even running. There are so many places to escape the crowds.
Sunshine - 7 days ago
The best view of Montreal. The walk up is about 35 minutes, and there are two paths. One is quite the incline, primarily consisting of steps. The other is a gradual, but much longer hill type of incline that you can use to reach the top. The view is amazing, but we went. There wasn’t a whole lot of space as it was quite crowded. There’s a nice picnic area just north of the main building, and there are bathrooms available at the top.
Trevor - 23 days ago
Amazing! Nice place to have a beautiful scenery to Montreal. It has also very beautiful garden up there where you can take plenty of photos. Besides that it has a closed area with relaxing areas to chill out and it has a coffee shop to. Don't miss visiting this place if you visit Montreal
Mohamed Mokhtar - 1 month ago
Great park for a hike or a bike ride. Once you get to the top of the park, you get the best view of the city skyscrapers. Good time to visit would be the evening right before sunset. The place is usually packed during this time but it’s worth visiting at this time.
Chan Komagan - 2 months ago
It's a great place to go hiking in Montréal. There are many cool routes to explore and enjoy Nature. The landscape in autumn is different, but depending on the period you go, some paths will already be closed, as they begin to prepare the park for winter. I've been there in winter, and there are actually some paths that are dangerous to take, due to the risk of falls. If you follow the suggested route and wear appropriate clothing, you can enjoy all seasons. In each season it is as if you were in another park. The city is still beautiful seen from the top of Mont Royal. Remember that the temperature and thermal sensation is lower, and that it is usually windy there. And always carry water, there are not many points of sale available along the climb, depending on the route you take, water will be needed.
Lorena Haack - 25 days ago
Accommodations near Parc du Mont-Royal:
|Metro Line||Nearest Station||Walking Time|
|Line 2 - Orange||Station Mont-Royal, Station Laurier||0 Minutes|
|Line 1 - Green||Station Peel||9 Minutes|
How to get to Parc du Mont-Royal by Metro
By Metro and Free Shuttle Bus: From mid June until mid September STM offers free shuttle bus service between Laurier Metro Station and the Kondiaronk Belevedere lookout. The Route 804 Shuttle operates every 30 minutes with departures from Laurier Metro Station between 9 am and 12:30 pm.
By Metro and Bus: Take Metro Line 2 to Station Mont-Royal and catch bus 11-O (West) at stop 54005 on the east side of the station. The first stop in the park is by a lookout that provides some nice views to the east. There is a hiking trail that starts from the south end of the parking area located at the stop. The bus makes 2 more stops along the park before looping around at the other end close to Beaver Lake and the Pavilion which is another good place to disembark and begin exploring.
By Metro and Hiking: if you feel like a good workout, you can take Metro Line 1 to Peel Station; exit and walk (northwest) up Peel Street to the steps at the base of Mount Royal where you can climb up the 400 steps (9 minutes to the start of the climb). For a more detailed directions see Mount Royal Lookout Walk.
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