Mont Royal’s size makes it tough to see everything in a day. But if you plan correctly, you can have your door-to-door shuttle service drop you off at the north end of the park to start your day and pick you back up at the park’s southern edge in the afternoon. This will give you plenty of time to enjoy the trails, take pictures, and stop by a few historical landmarks in the park. Larger groups can enjoy the comforts of a coach bus or minibus while a school bus would be a better choice for organizing a class field trip to Mont Royal.
Some call it a small mountain. Some call it a hill. But whichever way you lean, Mont Royal offers some of the best panoramic views of Montreal without actually having to leave the city. It is part of a longer chain of hills called the Monteregian Hills, which lie between the Laurentians to the northwest and the Appalachian Mountains to the southeast.
The park that surrounds Mont Royal is one of the city’s most sizable green spaces. It features a number of winding nature trails and boat rentals for those interested in going on a quick paddle on Beaver Lake. The park was first inaugurated in 1876 and was actually designed by the same man who designed New York’s Central Park, Frederick Law Olmsted. It covers more than 200 hectares and offers Montreal residents year-round outdoor recreation opportunities.
Mont Royal is one of the most highly visual landmarks in the St. Lawrence Valley. As such, it was designated as a Historic and Natural District by the Quebec government in 2005. It is actually the first place to receive such a designation in the entire province. The park boasts a number of eco-friendly activities for visitors to enjoy, including birdwatching, snowshoeing excursions, ice skating, and participating in the park’s Annual Mountain Clean-Up Day!
Pairing a little taste of Europe with modern architecture, Montreal is not only picture-perfect, but also a great destination if you want to discover art, culture, history, and science with museums suited for all interests. With iconic neighborhoods to visit and new local attractions appearing regularly, you will never run out of things to do and see in Montreal.