Mont-Royal Park (Parc du Mont-Royal) is on the highest summit of Mont Royal (M: Mont-Royal), with an entrance at 1260 ch. Remembrance. The lighted cross at the top commemorates the promise made by Paul de Chomedey, Sieur de Maisonneuve to erect a cross if the colony was spared during the flood of Dec. 25, 1642. The first cross was erected in 1643.
The park, designed by American landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, who designed New York City's Central Park, offers scenic views, flora and glimpses of small wildlife. A free permanent exhibition provides an overview of the history, natural environment and associated conservation issues.
The 1858 Smith House, at the park entrance, is a reception and interpretation center offering visitor services year-round, including downloadable podcasts for self-guiding tours and several guided walking tours. The Kondiaronk Lookout near a chalet built in 1932 offers a panorama of Montréal and the St. Lawrence River.
The park is traversed by trails used by summer joggers and winter skiers. Beaver Lake is a haven for skaters in the winter. A pavilion at Beaver Lake offers seasonal rental of pedal-boats, snow-tubes, cross-country skis, snowshoes and skates.