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Built for Expo '67 on Île Ste-Hélène, La Ronde remains the largest amusement park in Quebec. There are 40 rides, and the spectacular Ferris wheel can be seen across the St. Lawrence river in Montreal proper. La Ronde is also the site for the annual SAQ Mondial Fireworks Competition, the largest in the world. It attracts more than 1.2 million visitors a year, all within a four month period!
Located at the eastern edge of the Plateau Mont-Royal, La Fontaine Park consists of about 40 hectares (100 acres) in all. It serves as site for one of the official rites of spring, with people flocking to it the moment they sense warmer weather approaching. You can relax under the trees, picnic, sunbathe, bike, or play tennis. There is an outdoor theater in the summer, and in the winter the pond becomes a skating rink. Several monuments adorn the park, including one commemorating the sacrifice of French-Canadians who died during the course of the World Wars.
Located in the beautiful Jeanne-Mance Park (Parc Jeanne-Mance), this wading pool and mini-water park is the perfect way for the kids to cool down on a hot summer's day. With the beautiful greenery of the park and Mont Royal in the background, this water park is a great way to experience the park as well. The kids will love the small water fountains and will be safe and sound as they splash in the wading pool as lifeguards keep watch. Be sure to call before hand to check if the pool is open, as it does depend on the weather. There are lockers and change rooms available to the public. - Williamina Deneault
This local park is a perfect place if you want to be all by yourself. Apart from that, it features ice rink, tennis courts, picnic areas and a soccer field.
The namesake of the city and one of its most recognizable landmarks, Mount Royal is the city of Montreal's highest point. The volcanic hill is a part of the Monteregian Hills, nestled between the Appalachian Mountains and the Laurentians, its highest summit measuring at 233 meters (764 feet). At its highest point sits the Mount Royal Cross, originally installed in 1643 by the city's founder, Paul Chomedey de Maisonneuve, in honor of Mother Mary who he believes saved the colony from a potentially devastating flood. The existing, illuminated cross was added in 1924. Beaver Lake and the Mount Royal Park are other popular features of the hill, just west of Downtown. The park, in particular, is renowned as one of the city's largest, originally designed by Frederick Law Olmstead, and the venue of the weekly Tam-Tam Jams. For unmatched views of the city, Mount Royal's Camilien-Houde and Kondiaronk Chalet lookouts offer sweeping vistas over Downtown and East Montreal.