The Mountain

Michèle Dagenais, author, historian, and tenured professor in the Department of History at the Université de Montréal, describes key moments in the history of Mount Royal, or “the mountain” as Montrealers so affectionately refer to it.

Created by Canada’s History

May 7, 2019

The heart of the city… the backbone of the metropolis… the mountain was and still is a place of exchanges and encounters.

The countryside in the city, a haven of peace, a natural observatory… Montrealers have always felt an attachment to it and today cherish it more than ever. Over the years, its slopes have seen the establishment of great religious institutions, hospitals, and schools.

Montrealers also placed a cross on its highest peak. Like a beacon seen from kilometres away in every direction, it serves as a landmark for passersby, as well as a symbol of the city on the international stage.

More from the Montreal Chronicles

Expo 67: The Invented Islands

Five years before Expo 67, the site it was going to be held on did not even exist — everything was created from scratch. Bruno Paul Stenson tells us about the process of making Expo 67 a reality, and the exceptional results obtained.

Ville-Marie: The Cradle of Montreal

Élisabeth Côté highlights the era of early Montréalers, the French missionaries who came to establish Ville-Marie in 1642. Visible traces of this history remain even today.

The Golden Age of Montreal's Red Light District

When Prohibition swept across the United States and the majority of Canadian provinces, Montreal became the destination for individuals on the quest for fun. The legendary Red Light was the go-to spot for those seeking to procure pleasures of the legal, and illegal, kind.

A Gem Beneath the City

Amazing discoveries were made during the various archaeological excavations on the site of fort Ville-Marie. A unique project, it required sophisticated technical prowess in the areas of heritage conservation and development.

A Peek Under the First Parliament Building

Ms. Francine Lelièvre, Executive Director of Pointe-à-Callière, the Montréal Archaeology and History Complex, tells us about an exceptional archaeological site, that of the first Parliament of the United Province of Canada.

Montreal: Putting Down Roots

In this video, Pierre Anctil — author, historian, and professor in the Department of History at the University of Ottawa — discusses pivotal moments in the migratory history of Montreal.

Help keep Canada’s stories strong and free

The importance of understanding ourselves by examining our history is an anchoring belief of Canada's History Society. We highlight our nation’s diverse past by telling stories that illuminate the people, places, and events that unite us as Canadians, and by making those stories accessible to everyone through our free online content.

Canada’s History is a registered charity that depends on contributions from readers like you to ensure students and citizens of all ages can continue being inspired and informed by our country’s fascinating stories. Please donate to Canada’s History today. Thank you!

Skip social share links

Related to Environment