Montreal is a beautiful city. The buildings, although overpoweringly tall and wide, do not seem to fill the space on the ground. Streets are lined with alfresco dining, Bixie bikes and expensive cars. Every now again the streets open up to large open parks with boarders of colourful flowers. We have been fortunate to have experienced Montreal with cloudless sky's and warm temperatures, which always makes the outdoors seem prettier.
From the heart of Downtown Montreal, at each street cross way you can see a hill covered in a forest. This park known as Parc du Mont-Royal, takes up a large part of the Montreal City tourist map. Yesterday we decided to climb to the top. From a busy street, we took the stairs to one of the many park entrances. As soon as we got a few steps into the park, I completely forgot I was in the middle of a noisy, busy city.
The pathways wind gently up the Mountain, shaded by tree canopy. On the walk up were intermittently accompanied by the odd runner or cyclist. As we neared the top, the path suddenly opened out to a wide, green open space and a lake. All of this in the city?!
As we continued upwards the sign posts for the Chalet began to appear. We knew there was a viewing point but we weren't expecting the view we found...
At the very top of the park is a cross, which at night is eliminated and can been seen from quite a distance across the city.
If you go to Montreal, I recommend taking a few hours to walk to the top on a sunny day as the view is breathtaking. A definite "Wow" moment.