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Exploring Montreal: Winter Wonderland at Mont Royal Park

There is always something magical about winter in Montreal. And once in a while a curious phenomenon arises. After a few days of a mix of snow and rain, something enchanting happened.

You woke up in the morning only to discover that the trees and streets are covered with a thick layer of snow. It’s so extraordinary that I had to take my trusty Nikon D800 with my Nikkor 24-70mm F/2.8 G ED and go on a long stroll.

So down I go, strolling into the streets of Outremont, a beautiful district of Montreal with beautiful classical homes from the turn of the last century.

Winter scene of Outremont's houses on Bloomfield Avenue in Montreal

Winter scene of Outremont’s houses on Bloomfield Avenue in Montreal

Then a bit further, I find myself dazzled by this snow covered bicycle, it just seems you could take a ride on this magical snow bike! Well, I had to pass on this opportunity, because what a bike is good for if you have not seat!

A snow covered bike in Outremont District of Montreal

A snow covered bike in Outremont District of Montreal

Located in the heart of Outremont, Outremont park is a beautiful little place to go with your family or to walk your dog, and with all that snow, it just feels it’s just out of a fairy tale.

Family walking their dog in a snow covered park of Outremont in Montreal

Family walking their dog in a snow covered park of Outremont in Montreal

You can even see people contemplating the amazing spectacle in front of them and appreciate this opportunity to take a moment and appreciate this Winter wonderland.

Kids and adults walking in a snow covered park of Outremont in Montreal

Kids and adults walking in a snow covered park of Outremont in Montreal

 

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Then, just a few blocks away, one of Montreal jewels Lies. Mont Royal Park. The park was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, who also co-designed New York‘s Central Park, and inaugurated in 1876.  In that morning of February, the forest wasn’t a green jewel  rising above downtown Montreal, but a white one.

Woman running in Mont Royal Park in Montreal during winter

Woman running in Mont Royal Park in Montreal during winter

 

Snow covered trees at Mont Royal Park in Montreal

Snow covered trees at Mont Royal Park in Montreal

If you ever visit Montreal, the Mont Royal park is the place to go jogging, crosscountry skying or simply go on a stroll with your dog.

Woman running with her dog in Mont Royal Park in Montreal during winter

Woman running with her dog in Mont Royal Park in Montreal during winter

 

Details of snow covered trees at Mont Royal Park in Montreal

Details of snow covered trees at Mont Royal Park in Montreal

I’ve always loved running and seeing those two women jogging in the park really made me itch to go on a run!

Women running in the snow on a trail at Mont Royal Park in Montreal

Women running in the snow on a trail at Mont Royal Park in Montreal

What’s remarkable about Mont Royal Park is that you can go off the main trails to find yourself lost in the woods, not aware that you’re just a few miles away from the heart of a busy city.

This picture of a man and his dog reflects that moment of peace and appreciation you feel when you are alone in the nature.

A Man and his dog on a trail of Mont Royal Park in Montreal

A Man and his dog on a trail of Mont Royal Park in Montreal

It’s also a paradise for dogs and this husky was really excited to enjoy the freedom of being in the snow.

Portrait of a husky dog in Mont Royal Park in Winter and snow covered trees

Portrait of a husky dog in Mont Royal Park in Winter and snow covered trees

And the more dogs, the merrier! It’s such a treat to watch dogs enjoying themselves, playing and chasing each other in total freedom!

Winter Dog Fun in a snowy Mont Royal Park, Montreal

Winter Dog Fun in a snowy Mont Royal Park, Montreal

Then, going up the stairs into the fog and the misty morning, I wasn’t about to be let down by my visit to the park.

Snow covered stairs of Mont Royal Park in Montreal

Snow covered stairs of Mont Royal Park in Montreal

This scene is so magical, I love this picture of the forest lost into the fog, it feels like it straight out of a movie, just waiting for the Red Riding Hood to appear in the picture.

Snowy & Misty Forestat Mont Royal Park in Montreal

Snowy & Misty Forestat Mont Royal Park in Montreal

The beauty also lies into the details of this trails, and the delicate snow covering the sign posts and the trees.

Trails, details and sign posts at Mont Royal Park in Montreal

Trails, details and sign posts at Mont Royal Park in Montreal

And how romantic it is to witness this couple climbing up the trail leading to the Mont Royal Cross.

Couple walking in a snowy mist at Mont Royal Park In Montreal

Couple walking in a snowy mist at Mont Royal Park In Montreal

The cross, installed in 1924, was converted to fibre-optic light in 1992, and then to LEDs in 2009. Even with the foggy weather, it looks majestic!

Mont Royal Cross during a misty snowy morning at Mont Royal Park in Montreal

Mont Royal Cross during a misty snowy morning at Mont Royal Park in Montreal

As mentioned before, the park is the best place in Montreal for cross-country skying with 22km of trails!

Man cross-country skiing in Mont Royal Park in Montreal

Man cross-country skiing in Mont Royal Park in Montreal

 

Woman running and men cross-country skiing at Mont Royal Park in Montreal

Woman running and men cross-country skiing at Mont Royal Park in Montreal

So I hope you enjoyed your visit! See you soon in Montreal!

Thanks for viewing!

Oh and if you have a moment to check those Montreal Photos on Fine Art America, I would be really grateful!

David Giral is a published Montreal/Toronto based editorial and commercial professional photographer specialized in architecture, interiors, portrait and travel photography.

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