Mount Royal is a mountain in the city of Montreal, immediately north of downtown Montreal. The mountain is part of the Monteregian Hills situated between the Laurentians and the Appalachians. It gave its Latin name, Mons Regius, to the Monteregian chain. The mountain consists of three peaks: Colline de la Croix (or Mont Royal proper) at 233 m (764 ft), Colline d’Outremont (or Mount Murray, in the borough of Outremont ) at 211 m (692 ft), and Westmount mount at 201 m (659 ft) elevation above mean sea level. At this height, it might be otherwise considered a hill, but it has always been called a mountain. Some tourist guidebooks state that Mount Royal is an extinct volcano. The mountain is not a traditional volcano as such. However, it is the deep extension of a vastly eroded ancient volcanic complex, which was probably active about 125 million years ago. The mountain is the site of Mount Royal Park, one of Montreal’s largest greenspaces. The park was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, who also designed New York’s Central Park, the grounds at Baltimore, as well as parks in Atlanta.
We also visited Saint Josephs Basilica on Mount Royal. In 1904, Blessed André Bessette, began the construction of a small chapel on the side of the mountain near Notre Dame College. Soon the growing number of visitors made it too small. Even though it was enlarged, a larger church was needed and in 1917 one was completed – it is called the Crypt, and has a seating capacity of 1,000. In 1924, the construction of the basilica was inaugurated; it was finally completed in 1967. The Oratory’s dome is the third-largest of its kind in the world after the Basilica of Our Lady of Peace of Yamoussoukro in the Ivory Coast and Saint Peter’s Basilica in Rome, and the church is the largest in Canada. The basilica is dedicated to Saint Joseph, to whom Brother André credited all his reported miracles.
home of Montreal’s professional baseball and Canadian football teams. Since 2004, when the Montreal Expos relocated to Washington, D.C., the stadium has no main tenant, and with a history of financial and structural problems, is largely seen as a white elephant. La tour de Montréal, the tower incorporated into the base of the stadium, is the tallest inclined tower in the world at 175 metres. The stadium’s nickname The Big O is a reference to both its name and to the doughnut-shape of the permanent component of the stadium’s roof, though The Big Owe has been used to reference the astronomical cost of the stadium and the 1976 Olympics as a whole.It is the largest stadium, by seating capacity, in Canada.
The last thing our tour guide said to us was,”You can’t leave Montreal without eating Smoked Meat.” So we sought our Schwartz’s Hebrew Delicatessen, a 30 minute walk from our hotel. Smoked Meat turns out to be smoked beef brisket piled high on rye bread garnished with mustard. We ordered sides of slaw and olives, it was good and reasonable $5.90 for the sandwich.