Mount Royal has 3 summits; Mount Royal Summit (233m), Westmount Summit (201m) and the Outremont Summit (211m). Last Monday I made my first visit to the Outremont Summit which is located in the Saint Jean-Baptiste woods on the other side of the Mount Royal cemetery and accessed via boulevard du Mont-Royal.
I found an opening though in the fence that encircles the Notre-Dame-des-Neiges cemetery that saved me taking the long route via the Université de Montréal.
There are a couple of spots offereing great views to the North of the city and beyond. I first stopped at the large clearing near the Université de Montréal.
Today, Mount Royal is popular with cross country skiers with the 18km of trails across the mountain. In the mid 1900’s however, alpine skiers also flocked to the mountain. One popular spot was on the Outremont slope and today there is still a sign of the past activity with the remains of a ski tow at the summit.
The trees had some nice icicles hanging from the branches and with the sun getting low the colours were pretty nice as a backdrop.
Just a pitty there were some trees blocking a clear view of the Université de Montréal’s Roger Gaudry Pavilion.
One quick way down the hill is by bike – even in the snow…
I took the more leisurely route down via the trail through the Saint Jean Baptiste woods. I took a few more pics on my way back home via avenue du Parc…but they will have to wait until another post 😉
Thanks for stopping by. Until next time.
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