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Mount Royal Park / Parc du Mont-Royal

A Montreal Parks Profile

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View of downtown Montreal from Mount Royal Park (Parc Mont-Royal in French).

Photo © Evelyn Reid
Mount Royal Park / Parc du Mont Royal: A Montreal Parks Profile
Frederick Law Olmsted, the landscape architect behind New York City's Central Park, is also responsible for designing Montreal's best known -- and with the city of Montreal claiming almost five million visitors a year, it's perhaps the most frequented -- green space in the city. It's called Mount Royal Park, or Parc Mont-Royal, and its 190 hectares (470 acres) offer some of the city's most stunning skyline views atop Mont-Royal's three peaks, the highest of which rises a modest 233 metres (764 feet) above sea level. One of those three peaks belongs to Summit Park. A visitor's must-see and a popular local treasure, Mount Royal Park is packed with free or affordable outdoor sports and activities for all ages, especially in winter months. And the grounds offer a few history lessons too.

Location: 1260 chemin Remembrance (note: there are many addresses and street intersections linked to Mount Royal Park's sizeable grounds, consult this interactive map to decide which entrance to take or stick with public transit directions listed below: they lead visitors and new residents unfamiliar with the park to a popular entrance point)
Neighborhoods: Plateau-Mont-Royal, Outremont, Côte-des-Neiges, Downtown Ville-Marie
Get There: Mont-Royal Metro, Bus 11 (these directions bring visitors directly to Beaver Lake, the skating rink and sliding lanes, a popular starting point regardless of season; these are also the best public transit directions to reach the cabin that rents out skis, skates, snowshoes and inner tubes)
Parking: $2.75 per hour, $8 per day
More INFO: (514) 280-8989 or (514) 843-8240, extension 0
Friends of Mount Royal Website

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