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The sun is shining and the temperature is rising! The arrival of nice weather raises hopes about enjoying the outdoors once again but also concerns about visiting urban parks at times of crises like this.
 


In Mount Royal Park, the City of Montréal has implemented temporary measures to limit the spread of COVID-19. These measures aim to ensure visitor health and safety as well as the environmental protection of the park’s biodiversity.

If you live in the vicinity of the park and wish to make your way there, please take note of the following considerations.

How can I access Mount Royal Park?
  • All parking lots are closed: Smith House, Beaver Lake and Camillien-Houde Belvedere. 
  • Some park access points are closed such as the Quartier géneral Incendie Montréal entrance.
  • All park stairways are closed or to be avoided since their narrowness does not allow for adequate social distancing between visitors.
  • All small trails leading into the park are also to be avoided.
  • Regarding public transit, the 711 bus service has been suspended until further notice.
  • The 11 bus service is maintained (schedule direction west, schedule direction east).
Visitors are asked to enter the park via Olmsted Path and the Mount Royal ring road (access via George-Étienne Monument or Cedar entrance).

Where can I walk?
  • Please stay on Olmsted Path and the Mount Royal ring road.
  • Forest trails are to be avoided, as they are very fragile at this time of the year and their narrowness does not allow for adequate social distancing between visitors.
  • As always, off-trail walking is forbidden.
Is cycling permitted?
  • The same rule applies: cycling is only permitted on Olmsted Path and the ring road.
  • It is forbidden to cycle on forest paths or cross-country ski trails.
  • It is important to respect the 20 km/h speed limit to allow for safe social distancing with other park users.
  • Bike racks have been added at the foot of Olmsted and various entrances to allow park users to park their bikes and continue on foot.
How can I help care for the mountain?

For many of us, spring is synonymous with cleaning. This also applies to the mountain at a time of the year when garbage and residual waste are far more visible after winter. To protect the natural habitats, however, we ask that you do not undertake individual clean-up operations. These types of actions might be unsafe and harm the biodiversity (e.g., trampling of spring plants, soil compaction, disturbance of wildlife). Furthermore, strict procedures must be applied (steep areas, biomedical waste, etc.), and sectors absolutely avoided during the spring. See our 3 good reasons to wait before cleaning the mountain!

As soon as the situation will allow for it, Les amis de la montagne will organize a series of clean-up operations on Mount Royal in partnership with the City of Montréal. Stay tuned for more info!

Until then, take advantage of this spring break to enjoy the parks in your neighbourhood while practising social distancing. This way you can avoid non-essential travel and get better acquainted with nature at your doorstep!

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