|Tour of Province of Quebec - Part 4: Montreal
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One of several water fountains.
After hours of walking among many beautiful flowers on the hot summer day of July 3, 2011, everyone was
very thirsty. It was very refreshing to see such water fountain.
Location of Chalet du Mont-Royal and Belvédère Kondiaronk (Kondiaronk Lookout): They are on the top
of Mont Royal in Mont Royal Park in the City of Montreal. Their street address is: 1196, voie Camillien-Houde,
Parc du Mont-Royal, Montreal, Québec, Canada.
Direction to Chalet du Mont-Royal and Belvédère Kondiaronk (Kondiaronk Lookout):
In Montreal, take voie Camillien-Houde to go up the Mont Royal into Parc du Mont-Royal to reach a large
parking lot on the south side and a bus stop on the north side as shown in the following two pictures:
A heron in the pond in Chinese Garden
The semicircular plaza at Belvédère Kondiaronk (Kondiaronk Lookout) on the top of Mont Royal in Mont Royal
Park for visitors to enjoy the fantastic panoramic view of Montreal, Quebec.
The Chalet du Mont-Royal behind the semicircular plaza at Belvédère Kondiaronk in Mont Royal Park.
Mont Royal is a small mountain on the Island of Montréal to which it lends its name. According to the Wikipedia
website ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Royal ), Mount Royal (French: Mont Royal) is a mountain in the
City of Montreal, immediately north of downtown Montreal, Quebec. The height of Mont Royal is 233 m (764
ft). The first European to scale this mountain was Jacques Cartier. He named it Mont Royal in honour of his
patron, King François I of France. The name of the Island City of Montreal derives from Mont Réal, as it was
spelled in Middle French, ( Mont Royal in present French ).
This mountain is the site of Mount Royal Park (in French: Parc du Mont-Royal) which was designed by
Frederick Law Olmsted, who also designed the Central Park in the New York City.
The Mount Royal Park contains two belvederes (Lookout Points), the more prominent of which is the
Kondiaronk Belvedere which is a semicircular plaza with a tremendous chalet, overlooking downtown
Montreal. Belvédère Kondiaronk is named for the Huron chief Kondiaronk, who signed a major peace accord
with the French regime in 1701. Kondiaronk was a great Chief of the Huron First Nations tribe who was
present for the signing of what is called "The Great Peace" document between the French settlement on the
island of Montreal and the Hurons.
In other words, Belvedere Kondiaronk is the mountain top lookout located at the chalet atop Mount Royal.
Map: Click here to see an interactive Bing Map showing location of Chalet du Mont Royal
On the afternoon of July 3, 2011, we drove on Voie Camillien-Houde in the City of Montreal to come up to the
Mont Royal Park to enjoy breathtaking views from the top of Mont Royal.
C. Montreal Botanical Gardens:
On the morning of July 3, 2011, we toured the Montreal Botanical Gardens. There are many beautiful flowers
here as shown on this web page.
The Chinese Garden in Montreal Botanical Gardens
Fish in the pond.
The Japanese Garden in Montreal Botanical Gardens
On the late afternoon of July 3, 2011 and after we finished the panoramic views of Montreal from the Mont
Royal Park, we drove south several kilometers to Parc Regional des Rapides near the town of La Salle to
enjoy the magnificent view of powerful rapids on the mighty St. Lawrence River as shown on this photo that I
took from Parc Regional des Rapides at the river bank. This is about 8 Km south of Montreal. There are
several islands, including Heron Island, surrounded by the powerful rapids in this section of St. Lawrence River.
These islands have heron rookeries for about 450 pairs of great blue herons and about 420 pairs of
night-herons. The wooded areas at the far end of this picture are the islands and there are more powerful
rapids on the other side of these islands.
More than 10 cormorants perching on this tree on an island among the rapids of the St. Lawrence River.
This plaque at Parc Regional des Rapides explains that historically the river navigation obstacle caused by the
powerful rapids in this section of St. Lawrence River had contributed to the establishment and the prosperity
of Montreal because the (river) shipment of goods had to go on land route through Montreal to bypass this
serious obstacle on the St. Lawrence River.
Some people were on a raft or special boats shooting the rapid.
Although the rapids in the St. Lawrence River are very powerful and tumultuous, the water in the Parc Regional
des Rapides is tranquil and peaceful, ideal for those who want to escape from the hustle and bustle of urban
life in Montreal. There are many waterfowl and other birds in this bird sanctuary, attracting many visitors to this
One of many red winged black birds and other birds in Parc Regional des Rapides.
B. Powerful Rapids on St. Lawrence River:
A. Parc du Mont Royal in Montreal:
The large parking lot on the top of Mont Royal for visitors of Belvédère Kondiaronk (Kondiaronk Lookout).
Bus stop on north side of voie Camillien-Houde while parking lot on south side of voie Camillien-Houde on the
top of Mont Royal for visitors of Belvédère Kondiaronk (Kondiaronk Lookout).
Photos of panoramic views of Montreal from 2 Lookout Points on Mont Royal and of powerful rapids on St.
Lawrence River from Parc Regional des Rapides are at the following website: