Take part in a variety of recreational activities at this Montréal park.
A great place for a walk or a jog after-hours, Mount Royal Park was inaugurated on Victoria Day in 1876. As one of the few North American cities with a grand swath of green space, Montréal takes pride in this forest in the city. It's a great place to take a break from busy business life. Smith House, located at the foot of the mountain, is open all year round. Possible activities here include winter skiing and snowshoeing, jogging, or sunbathing in the summer.
The park is hard to miss on Sundays in summer when the weekly Tam-Tam is underway. It starts small, with just one or two people banging congas at the foot of the statue of Georges-Étienne Cartier just west of Park Avenue. But before long they're joined by dozens and dozens of drummers — djembes, bongos, snare drums, tambourines and more — performing for the smoky crowd that lounges on the hillside. More than that, they're performing for themselves, a wordless spectacle that's eclectic and electric, tie-dyed, worldly and a worthy emblem for this city that straddles two cultures and welcomes many more.
Photo by Les amis de la montagne / S. Montigné, 2008