The mountain is the site of Mount Royal Park (officially Parc du Mont-Royal), one of Montreal's largest greenspaces. The park, most of which is wooded, was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, who also designed New York's Central Park, and inaugurated in 1876.
The park contains two belvederes, the more prominent of which is the Kondiaronk Belvedere, a semicircular plaza with a chalet, overlooking downtown Montreal. Other features of the park are Beaver Lake, a small man-made lake; a short ski slope; a sculpture garden; Smith House, an interpretive centre; and a well-known monument to Sir George-Étienne Cartier. The park hosts athletic, tourist, and cultural activities.
The lush forest was badly damaged by the Ice Storm of 1998, but has
since largely recovered. The forest is a green jewel rising above
downtown Montreal, and is known for its beautiful autumn foliage as
well as extensive hiking and cross-country ski trails. Biking is
restricted to the main gravel roads.
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