When's the last time you've spent a day on Mount Royal? You probably don't think there's much to do there other than driving up to the lookout, buying a popsicle and leaving 20 minutes later.
But it turns out there are a ton of summer activities taking place on Mount-Royal. So the next time you're not sure about what do on a beautiful spring day in Montreal, just pull out this list and all your problems will be solved.
There's a lot more to Mount-Royal that just Tam-Tams and LARPing.
Here's what's in store in May this year.
Mount-Royal Clean-Up – 25th Edition
Sunday May 1st
This event is the perfect opportunity for the public to contribute to the care and conservation of Mount Royal.
You might have noticed that the height of buildings in Montreal is shorter than those in other North American cities. That's by design. And now, Mayor Valérie Plante's party, Projet Montréal, is committing to keep it that way.
"Since 1992, a consensus has existed in Montreal regarding the maximum height of buildings," the party wrote on Facebook. "According to this agreement, Montreal's constructions must not obscure the views of Mount Royal — and therefore must not peak higher than the mountain's highest level, which is more than 232 metres above sea level."
The party criticized former mayor Denis Coderre's claim that taller buildings could help to increase the housing offer in the city.
"Mr. Coderre seems to believe that Montreal's highest peaks should belong to the owners of downtown penthouses [...] Let's be honest. Who will really benefit from taller skyscrapers? A handful of wealthy people and a few real estate developers... And so would begin the privatization of the views of our Mount Royal," Projet Montréal warned.
You could earn $22.21 an hour without a degree or experience (but you do need a high school diploma). Plus, the plant promises a 15% raise each year for three years, so you'd be making $30 an hour in just a few years — and there's the possibility of getting an annual performance bonus.
While no specific degree or experience is necessary, you are expected to be fluent in both oral and written French.
The job listing says you should have an "interest in developing in a major manufacturing company," interest in working on mechanical equipment, familiarity with computers and data entry and you should be a team player.
You'd also have to pass health and safety tests before you start.
Here are some of the duties you'd be performing as a production operator, according to the job listing:
Support the plant's different production lines
Operate equipment and/or computerized systems
Process, file or package different products
Wash equipment and maintain the work environment
The gig also comes with benefits: basic group insurance covered 100% by the employer and a pension plan with up to 8% employer contribution. There's medical staff on-site, a store where you can get employee discounts, free parking, a cafeteria where you can purchase food and social activities, like food trucks.
The night shift goes from 10:30 p.m. to 6:30 a.m.
You can apply here or by sending your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Salary: $22.21 an hour + benefits
Company: The Kraft Heinz Company
Who Should Apply: French-speaking night owls with an interest in manufacturing and mechanical equipment. A love of ketchup, peanut butter and KD won't hurt either!
And if you happened to know about the pool, like many did, the oft-described “hidden gem” provided a somewhat secluded space to cool off in the warmer months.
The beloved pool, like already said, has been closed for about three years now, with no real news about it re-opening.
That is until yesterday, when a mayoral candidate committed to installing a swimming pool at the former Royal Victoria Hospital site.
Projet Montreal’s Valerie Plante said, if elected mayor, she will try to create a family-focused park and municipal swimming pool, reports TVA.
The proposed site is at McTavish and Des Pins, right on Mount Royal, where the pool has been left vacant since 2014.
Plante wants to make the site a recreational complex for folks living in Ville-Marie, since there aren’t many other options in the area.
Not that all other Montrealers won’t benefit. Having a pool literally on Mount Royal just seems so… right, you know?
Actually getting the park-and-pool is contingent on Plante being elected, and even then, the mayoral hopeful would need to go about a lengthy beuqacratic process to have the initiative officially approved.
Until then, we’ll just have to dream. Summer is a ways away, anyway.
Saturday marked the opening of Montreal’s newest green space, Parc Frédéric-Back, which the City of Montreal hopes to transform into an outdoor attraction comparable to New York City’s Central Park.
Formerly the Miron Quarry garbage dump, Parc Frédéric-Back is a huge expanse of 153 hectares, which, in the near future, will continued to be transformed into “something like Central Park,” said a representative of environmental NGO Équiterre, speaking to CTV.
More is to be added to the green space, with the development of Parc Frédéric-Back to be completed by 2023.
Picnic areas, more public artwork, and a 360-degree observation deck, which will let you see the entire city, are all promised features of Montreal’s very own “Central Park.”
But as exciting as a giant, new park is, doesn’t Montreal already have a Central Park?
It’s Mount Royal.
In fact, the iconic mountainous park of Montreal was actually designed by the same person who created New York City’s Central Park, Frederick Law Olmsted.
Olmsted was commissioned to create the plans for Mount Royal in 1874, aiming to “highlight the poetic charms of natural scenery” in his design, notes Les amis de la montagne.
Inaugurated on May 24, 1876, Mount Royal has been the “Central Park” Montreal has needed, ever since.
So while we’re not going to complain about Parc Frédéric-Back, and what the city hopes the park will become, we’re just not going to forget about what Mount Royal already offers Montrealers in need of some green space.