There are various access points for a walk up Mont Royal but the most popular starting point is at the George-Étienne Cartier monument along avenue du Parc, most easily accessed by following rue Rachel westward from boulevard St-Laurent. You can also take the Métro to Mont-Royal station, walk west along avenue du Mont-Royal and turn left on avenue du Parc; or, get off the Métro at Place-des-Arts and take bus #80, disembarking halfway along the park. However you get there, the angel-topped monument is hard to miss on summer Sundays, when buskers and locals congregate until the sun goes down. From here, several paths lead towards the summit and the illuminated cross, Croix sur la Montagne, that commemorates Maisonneuve placing a wooden cross here in 1642. The gentlest slope is along chemin Olmsted, a carriage trail that winds lazily up from the monument, past the top of rue Peel (the easiest access from downtown), and along the summit to a lookout point offering fine views of downtown and the St Lawrence beyond.

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