Magnificent Mount Royal
Mount Royal absolutely tops the list as my favorite place to visit when in Montreal. Why? Because there are simply so many ways to enjoy it. Why not follow the locals who love to run or just walk to the top to take in the view and enjoy a breath of fresh air?
Offering divine city views from its three peaks: Colline de la Croix (the highest at 233 metres), Colline d’Outremont and Westmount summit, it’s easy to see how the whole downtown area of Montreal revolves around this small mountain.
However you find your way up (and there are several trails), it’s the perfect way to combine exercise and to enjoy the prominent landmark that apparently was first scaled by Jacques Cartier. (I even did yoga up top once!)
I’ll never forget my first time at Mount Royal. It was on a Sunday when I took in a free festival called Les Tam-Tams du Mont Royal (aka the Tam Tam Jam), an impromptu festival held every Sunday in summer near the Sir George-Etienne monument. Since the 70s, this festival has attracted hundreds of thousands who enjoy the drummers’ earthy beats, the dancers, street vendors and the sheer fun of being there!
By Jenn Smith Nelson