Parc La Fontaine

La Fontaine Park (Parc La Fontaine) is a large park in the Plateau neighbourhood of Montreal.

Above, one of the many squirrels in the park.

Above, red maple leaf.

Above, statue of Louis-Hippolyte Lafontaine, after whom the park is named.

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Montreal Botanical Garden

The Montreal Botanical Garden (Jardin botanique de Montréal) is a large botanical garden located in Maisonneuve Park near the Olympic Stadium and Biodome. It has a number of thematic parks, including a Japanese garden, Chinese garden, First Nations garden and Alpine garden.

Above, photo of the Botanical Garden and Parc Maisonneuve from the Montreal Tower observatory.

Above, Insectarium near the entrance.

Above, entering the Japanese garden.

Above, Peace Bell.

Above, toro stone lantern, with the inclined Montreal Tower in the background.

Above, zen stone garden.

Above, bonsai exhibition in the pavilion.

Above, pond in the First Nations garden.

Above, Alpine garden.

Above, paper lanterns in the Chinese garden.

Montreal Tower (Olympic Stadium)

At 165 metres, the Montreal Tower (Tour de Montréal) is the tallest inclined tower in the world. It is incorporated into the north base of the Olympic Stadium, built as the main venue for the 1976 Summer Olympics and designed by French architect Roger Taillibert. The top floor of the tower houses an observatory with a good view on the entire Greater Montreal region and the Saint Lawrence River.

Above, in the lobby.

Above, Botanical Garden and Parc Maisonneuve.

Above, looking towards Downtown Montreal.

Above, Biodôme.

Above, Saint-Lawrence river.

Above, Ile Sainte-Hélène.

Above, skyscrapers of Downtown and Mount Royal.

Above, Saputo Stadium, home of the Montreal Impacts MLS team, and Olympic Village.

Above, on the way down.

Above, elevator.

Mount Royal

Mount Royal (Mont Royal) is a small mountain in Montreal, immediately west of downtown. It is the site of Mount Royal Park, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and the city’s largest park.

Above, Mount Royal seen from the observatory of Au Sommet Place Ville-Marie. The Belvédère Kondiaronk, on the left, offers a great view on the city. The Mount Royal Cross can be seen on the right.

Above, path to the chalet and its Belvédère, coming from the campus of McGill University.

Above, walking up Olmsted Road (Chemin Olmsted), the main path to get around the park.

Above, squirrel.

Above, view on Downtown Montreal from the Belvédère Kondiaronk, near the chalet.

Above, the Chalet du Mont Royal near the viewpoint.

Above, inside the Chalet.

Above, I left the Chalet to walk a loop around the top of the mountain.

Above, Mount Royal Cross.

Above, back at the Belvédère.

Above, I later came back to Mount Royal, this time walking from Saint Joseph’s Oratory.

Above, Beaver Lake (Lac aux Castors).

Above, enjoying the sunlight at the end of the day.

Above, antenna at the summit of Mount Royal.

Above, Mount Royal Cemetery.

Above, at the Belvédère Kondiaronk, waiting for the sunset.

Above, Saint-Lawrence river in the background.

Above, Place Ville-Marie in the center.