As Eiffel Tower is to Paris, statue of liberty to New York City, so, is the Mount Royal to Montreal. When I visited Montreal the first place my friends took me for sightseeing was Mount Royal. It is a refreshing hill with three peaks from where you can have a great panoramic view of the whole city with skyscrapers, mountains, Beaver Lake and blue sky as far as the sight goes.
Montreal is named after this green hill. Mount Royal is a part of Monteregian Hills consisting of three peaks named as Mont Royal proper (764 ft.), Mount Murray (692 ft.) and Westmount Summit (659 ft.). The elevation of Mount Royal is 233m. The total area of the Mount Royal is about 280 ha.
There are two ways to reach the top of the Mount Royal. Popular ways include hiking and biking. You can make your way up through the fleet of stairs from the park. On the other hand you can also take a cab or 11 number bus to reach Chateau Smith and make your way from there. There are not much eating options up on the top but the view is simply captivating.
Mount Royal is accessible throughout the year. The place is a delightful spot in every season. In summer the views are refreshing when the city is illuminated with the shinning rays. While in winter the snow covered landscape has its own magic. The day and night views are also engaging. The clarity in the day and the lights in the night, both look amazing.
The first person to climb the Mount was Jacques Cartier in 1535. The spot was created as a landmark in 1876. In terms of geology Mount Royal falls in the category of intrusive stock. The rocks are early cretaceous. On mounting you can see ‘The Cross” which has been placed there in the year 1643 by Paul Chomedey de Maisonneuve.
The Mount Royal site has been turned into a park named as Mount Royal Park. For those who are interested in hiking and climbing can park their cars in the spacious parking lot of the park. The nearby places close to Mount Royal are Jeanne-Mance Park, CBC’s Mount Royal transmitter facility, St. Joseph’s Oratory, Canada’s largest church, McGill University, Molson Stadium, Notre Dame des Neiges Cemetery (Catholic) and Mount Royal Cemetery.