The city of Montreal actually 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. The other belvedere, a bit of a lovers point, looks east toward Olympic Park.
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.
For step-by-step directions for a walk and climb that takes you from Peel Metro station to the bevedere on top of Mont-Royal see our Mount Royal Lookout Walk.
Facts For Your Visit
Hours: Mon-Sun 6am to midnight
Address: Parc du Mont-Royal, Montreal, QC
Website: Parc du Mont-Royal
|Metro Line||Nearest Station||Walking Time|
|Line 2 - Orange||Station Mont-Royal||0 Minutes|
|Line 1 - Green||Station Peel||9 Minutes|
How to get to Parc du Mont-Royal by Metro
By Metro: 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.
Alternately, 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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One of the most incredible views I've ever seen in a city. It's totally worth the 45 minutes that it took me to get to the summit, but I went on winter and apparently it was one of the coldest, so many paths were closed. In normal conditions it should be easier. I'm definitely coming back in summer.
Enrique Silva Z - 13 days ago
Very nice view from the top and there are not many people. It’s very relaxing and it only takes about 15 minutes to get to the top. It’s good for running and for biking, because there is a road that goes around the mountain. At the top ...
Henry Avare - 19 days ago
If you are in Montreal and didn't visit this place yet, then something is wrong for sure. Fairly, number one park in Montreal with huge area and a lot to do. The lookout area is marvelous. You can see most of Montreal from it. Visiting the park while it's snowing has a special taste 😊
Anas Albakri - 20 days ago
I was left breathless when I arrived to the top, not just because of all the steps to get there but because of the view. It was nice to sit on the steps or on one of the few chairs they had and enjoy the view of the city. It was hard to find any soda pop but found a couple machines in the basement by the bathrooms, but well worth the sweet taste of a cold Pepsi.
Joshua Baker - 25 days ago
Beautiful park with lots to do. The snow really brought out the natural beauty of the landscape and the overlook at the top provides the best view of the skyline downtown, its really something else. Quite a climb up to the top though, be careful of the ice! I didn't do it, but ice skates and cross country skis can be rented for very affordable prices.
August Zeidman - 1 month ago