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Hike (or stroll) to the summit of Montréal’s namesake mountain and you’ll come to the Chalet du mont Royal: iconic architecture, part of the city’s heritage, and a perfect vantage of the city skyline.
The Chalet du mont Royal dates back to 1931. Commissioned by then Mayor Camillien Houde to help offset unemployment during the Great Depression, it was designed by Québec architect Aristide Beaugrand-Champagne, in the French Beaux-Arts and Arts and Crafts architectural styles.
Outside, the stone façade features large windows and elegant doors, while the adjoining Kondiaronk Belvedere lookout affords a breathtaking vista of downtown Montréal and the Monteregian Hills in the distance.
Inside, large-scale paintings depicting the history of Montréal by thirteen Canadian artists, including Marc-Aurèle Fortin, Paul-Émile Borduas and Edwin H. Holgate, line the walls. Exposed beams decorated with carved wooden squirrels, chandeliers and a large fireplace complete this rustic scene.
If the walk to the top has you parched, the Chalet food counter offers hot and cold beverages plus a variety of homemade snacks to enjoy. You may also pick up an exclusive souvenir from the gift shop or get information about what to see and do next at the information kiosk operated by the City of Montréal.
Daily, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.