Weekend Getaway: Mont-Royal, Montréal

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The first week of October, the beginning of Fall–boots, wind, the orange, yellow and red of the trees and leaves, hot chocolates, crisp apple tarts and weekend getaways. After a 6 hour drive through the breath-taking fall foliage of New York state, we arrive in the french speaking city of Montréal, Québec, Canada.

The city can be divided into four different sections: Downtown, Old Montréal, Mont-Royal Parc and Le Plateau-Mont-Royal and Mile End. In this article, we explore Mont-Royal.

Fun fact: Some tour guides say that Mont-Royal is an extinct volcano that was active more than 125 million years ago.

On day two of our weekend getaway, we spent half our day exploring one of Montréal’s most prized possessions: Mont-Royal Parc. The best season to view Montréal is the fall. Particularly, October when the weather is still warm enough to spend a whole day walking around the park. The nature was gorgeous, the colors astounding – orange, yellow, green, red, pink, brown – the park had it all. We stopped by Lac aux Castors with its breath-taking landscape and Pavillon café and then proceeded to the Mont-Royal Look Out for a panoramic picture. We continued to Chalet du Mont-Royal, a historic winter cottage and iconic lookout with views of Downtown Montréal, the Saint-Lawrence River and Vieux-Montréal.

Our last and final stop was Belvédère Camillien-Houde for a view of the later part of the city. On our way down, we enjoyed glimpses of the backside of some of the beautiful hillside mansions that were situated on the street below.

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