If there’s a place that is dear to Montrealers’ hearts, it’s got to be Mount Royal. The Escales découvertes (Discovery Halts) project will revive their sense of belonging by inviting them to tour, in an intuitive, sensory and renewed way, each of the mountain’s three summits (Mount Royal, Outremont and Westmount) and the spaces between them.
Through the diversity of existing trails on the large public and institutional spaces on this heritage site, Escales découvertes are an opportunity to explore the mountain, enjoy new experiences and take a break in order to appreciate the wealth of this Montréal gem.
Hardscape features designed to pair street furniture and signage (3D maps, sensory and information markers, halts and indicators) are implemented at strategic locations on the site, highlighting the geography of Mount Royal offering extraordinary views and calling attention to noteworthy landscapes and heritage features, as well as less well-known, intimate environments and traces of the mountain’s history.
These hardscapes will also feature messages that inspire discovery and literary works by Montréal authors.
Although it isn’t essential to the experience, the Mount Royal tourist map can accompany the Escales découvertes trails. You can get the map at the Smith House or the Mount Royal chalet.
Chemin de la Côte-des-Neiges – the main artery crossing the mountain – will also see its heritage value highlighted and celebrated with the addition of colorful signage and interpretation panels detailing the history of one of Montréal’s founding roadways.
Five bus shelters and a series of 80 interpretation panels to be installed on streetlights between Rue Ellendale and Rue Sherbrooke will share the history of Chemin de la Côte-des-Neiges and its surroundings according to five themes: the mountain, the Côte-des-Neiges village, agriculture, architecture and road heritage.
You’ll learn that the Jewish General Hospital is on what used to be Mr. Benoist’s land (the mythical Montréal melon grower); that Raimbault Creek used to be called Notre-Dame-des-Neiges Creek and that it played a major role in the village’s development; that there was ski jumping on the side of the mountain at the beginning of the 20th century; that toll booths popped up on the road in 1840 to fund improvements on the road network… and much more!
We hope you discover many things and enjoy great times on the mountain!