140 Years in 140 Characters


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140 years ago... the inauguration of Mount Royal Park

At 10 a.m. on May 24, 1876, a procession of carriages left the Rue Saint-Jacques post office to get to the summit of the park. It was the Queen’s Birthday and the inauguration of Mount Royal Park attracted a great number of citizens. Even if few improvements had been completed and Frederick Law Olmsted’s plan was not followed to the letter, one thing is certain: the park would be a very popular site.

All through the winter, park superintendent William McGib­bon supervised construction of the carriage roads. Thou­sands of Montrealers were waiting for the procession at the summit of the mountain.

After speeches by the dignitaries, Colonel Stevenson fired a salvo of 100 shots to mark the event. The great picnic could start. From then on, Montreal had an exceptional park on its mountain.



Photo : Illustration (extrait), L’Opinion publique, 8 juin 1876 
© Collection Les amis de la montagne


Developed by Les amis de la montagne, Mount Royal Month is organized jointly with the City of Montréal, in collaboration with several partner
institutions located on and around Mount-Royal and the generous support of sponsors.