At the end of my first year at McGill, a couple of friends and I decided to hike up Mount Royal on a beautiful spring day. We were greeted with these gorgeous sights of Montréal. Part of the Monteregian Hills, Mount Royal was once an active volcano about 125 million years ago. It was named by the French explorer Jacques Cartier in 1535, having written in his journal:
“And among these fields is situated and seated the said town of Hochelaga, near to and adjoining a mountain… We named this mountain Mount Royal.”
As one of Montréal’s largest greenspaces, this is a great place to admire both the city and nature. I hope to hike up it again sometime soon, and should you find yourself in Montréal I suggest you do the same!