Montreal Mount Royal Park Tour starts from the McGill University gates we will climb out of the city and into Mount Royal Park. The total climb is only a gradual 200+ meters and the views from Mount Royal Chalet are definitely worth it. A must see for every visitor! We’ll spend most of the run touring through the park, past Lac aux Castors (Beaver lake); boating in summer, skating in winter; through a field of Ju Ming abstract sculptures and up to the giant cross at the summit, Mount Royal Cross. Erected in 1924 the cross represents the original planted in 1643 by the city founder Paul Chomedy Sieur de Maisonneuve.
We’ll briefly look out over Mount Royal Cemetry, one of the oldest and most beautiful in North America. Let’s stop at the Kondiaronk Belvedere viewing the whole cityscape, the St. Lawrence River and far out to the Monteregie Hills. The best photo opportunity in the whole of Montreal!
We’ll then take an easy cruise back down to the city. (There are single trail options if you prefer.) Past the statue of George Etienne Cartier who brought Canadian provinces together to make the unified country we see now and Percival Molson Stadium, home of the Montreal Allouettes. Back to the start through MacGill University, home of 12 Nobel laureates and the top-ranking Canadian university.