Mount Royal Tours

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Mount Royal (Mont Royal), a 764-foot (233-meter) “mountain” in the midst of urban Montreal, is much-loved by locals and visitors alike, with Montrealers frequenting the leafy slopes as if the area were their own backyard. Cyclists, joggers, sunbathers, picnickers, and strollers abound in summer, while snowshoers, tobogganers, ice skaters, and cross-country skiers dominate in winter. Designed by Frederick Law Olmsted—the creative force behind New York City’s Central Park—the 470-acre (190-hectare) Mount Royal Park (Parc du Mont-Royal) encompasses forest trails, manmade monuments, and grassy meadows for picnicking. On a clear day, the views from the Mount Royal summit lookout can’t be beaten.
 
The Basics
A stop at Mount Royal Park is commonly included on Montreal sightseeing tours and on hop-on hop-off bus tours, but the site can also be explored thoroughly on a midday stroll, picnic lunch, or as part of guided nighttime tours. E-bike (electric bike) and walking tours are popular options no matter the season, and in winter, travelers can traverse the snowy terrain and try ice skating, snowshoeing, or tubing.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Wear sturdy walking shoes, as some of the paths in the park are narrow and uneven.
  • Montreal can be extremely cold during winter; a hat, gloves, scarf, winter boots and an appropriate winter coat are a must if you visit during this period.
  • Bring a refillable water bottle and make use of the fountains dotted around the park.
 
How to Get There
Mont Royal is located in the Ville-Marie borough of Montreal. Ride the 80, 435, or 129 bus to the Sir George Etienne Cartier Monument and make the 30-minute uphill walk to the top. To avoid the trek, take the 11 bus from Mont-Royal metro station to Lac aux Castors (Beaver Lake) and walk from there.

When to Get There
Mont Royal is a four-season attraction, providing you are properly prepared; be sure to wrap up warmly during winter. On summer Sundays, the park hosts what are known as Tam Tams, informal festival-like gatherings with a drum circle and dancing. Fall is perhaps the most scenic time to visit, as the park’s maple and oak trees turn lovely shades of red, orange, and gold.

Top Things to See at Mount Royal
Mont Royal has several must-see spots, most notably the 1932 stone Chalet du Mont-Royal and the adjacent Kondiaronk Lookout. Not far from here are the landmark Mount Royal Cross, which is illuminated at night, and Beaver Lake (Lac des Castors), which serves as an ice-skating rink in winter. If you want more information about the park, the mid-19th-century Smith House (Maison Smith) has displays on the park’s habitats and wildlife. The eastern lookout, Observatoire de l’Est, affords another perspective across the city.


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Address: Surrounds McGill University, Ave Cedar, and Ave des Pins Ouest, Plateau du Mont Royal, Montreal H3H 1A2, Canada
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Montreal City Guided Sightseeing Tour

Experience an overview of Montreal on this guided, 3.5-hour sightseeing tour of the city. Visit over 200 points of interest and many of Montreal’s top attractions and historical sites — like Notre-Dame Basilica, Chinatown, Mount Royal Park, Olympic Stadium, Saint Joseph's Oratory, Old Port and Old Montreal, to name just a few. Hop aboard a comfortable motor coach and get to know the largest city in Quebec, with live commentary from a professional tour conductor. Montreal hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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Montreal City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Explore the best of Montreal on this narrated, hop-on hop-off, double-decker bus tour. Visit many of Montreal’s top attractions — like Notre-Dame Basilica, Chinatown, Mount Royal Park, Crescent Street, Old Port and Old Montreal, to name just a few. With this two day pass, you can board at any of the 10 stops and get to know the largest city in Quebec in customized fashion, with live onboard commentary from a professional tour conductor.
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Scooter Sightseeing in Montreal

Explore the city of Montreal on this scooter tour that takes travelers through back streets and past top attractions. Learn about interesting neighborhoods as you cruise along on an electric scooter.
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Gems of Montreal Small Group City Tour

There’s no better way to tick off the multicultural monuments of Montreal than on a small-group sightseeing tour. Over six hours and in an intimate group limited to 14 guests, you’ll explore Old Montreal (Vieux-Montreal) — home to the Old Port, Place d’Armes, and Notre-Dame Basilica — and visit Mount Royal. See, too, the upscale neighborhood of Westmount and enjoy panoramic views from the Kondiaronk Lookout. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
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4 Hour Montreal Architecture & City Bike Tour with Wine or Beer

Leave the crowds behind during this 4-hour, half-day Montreal bike tour, covering the city’s top architecture, food, neighborhood life, and history with a local guide. Pick from among two unique tour options, each of which explores a different cross-section of this historic city’s diverse neighborhoods and fascinating culture. Best of all, you’ll get to keep your bike rental for the whole day after your tour ends. This bike tour of Montreal also includes a helmet, 21-speed bike, bottled water, one food tasting and a complimentary glass of beer or wine in historic Old Montreal.
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Fat eBike Ride on Mount Royal

Thought bike tours weren’t possible in Montreal during the winter? Think again! This 2-hour guided fat e-bike tour gets you going up Mount Royal, the city’s sprawling park. With the help of monster tires on electric bikes that grip onto winter surfaces, you can explore Montreal with ease. The powered wheels allow first-timers and experienced cyclists alike to discover the city in all its wintry splendor.
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Montreal Shore Excursion: Pre- or Post-Cruise Guided Sightseeing Tour of Montreal

Before or after your cruise, get a comprehensive guided sightseeing tour of Montreal aboard a deluxe coach. Your informative and friendly guide will offer live commentary as you pass by several key attractions in the city and more than 200 points of interest, such as Old Montreal, Notre-Dame Basilica and Mt Royal Park.
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