Mount Royal (Mont Royal) is a spot not to miss when you are in Montreal. Since it was a beautiful day out, we decided to head towards the hill. After a short climb, spotting raccoons here and there, we were at the top, looking out at the Montreal skyline. Wish we had come for the sunset, I bet it would have been even more beautiful.
Getting to Mont Royal is pretty simple. Take the Metro to the Mont Royal station and there is a bus that takes you to the midway point where you can start walking up. Walking up from the bottom may take a while so take the bus to the entrance. There’s an information center when you get off the Metro in case you get confused, like we did.
“The first Mount Royal Cross was placed there in 1643 by Paul Chomedey de Maisonneuve, the founder of the city, in fulfillment of a vow he made to the Virgin Mary when praying to her to stop a disastrous flood. Today, the mountain is crowned by a 31.4 m (103 ft)-high illuminated cross, installed in 1924 by the Société Saint-Jean-Baptiste and now owned by the city. It was converted to fibre-optic light in 1992, and then to LEDs in 2009. The cross is usually lit in white, but can now be changed to any colour, including the purple traditionally used upon the death of the Pope.” (From Wikipedia)
You can spend a good 2-3 hours at Mont-Royal. Definitely a nice little perk right in the middle of the city.