We had planned on traveling to Canada at the end of June to visit several rose gardens in Montreal and Ottawa. When my sister-in-law told us she’d be getting married the last Saturday in June, the timing was perfect. We would spend the weekend in Burlington, Vermont and then travel the few hours to Montreal, arriving mid-afternoon.
After checking into our Montreal hotel, we made the 10 minute ride to Mont-Royal Park. From the top of Mont-Royal you can look down on the entire city of Montreal. On other trips we visited Mont-Royal at night and saw the lights of the city. During the day the view was just as impressive. While standing at the lookout area, the first thing we noticed was the rugosa roses. Of course I took pictures of them.
The outlook at the top of Mont-Royal gave us an unobstructed view of the city and in the distance was the distinctive structure of the Montreal Tower at Olympic Park, the site of the 1976 Olympics. Now a part of the city skyline, the Montreal Tower is a popular tourist attraction. It is also across the street from the Montreal Botanical Garden, home to the Rose Garden. We were looking forward to meeting our friend Claire Laberge, the Director of La Roseraie, at the garden on Monday and having her give us a tour or the garden and bringing us up to date on changes she made.
After we returned to our hotel, we spent the rest of the evening walking along rue Ste.-Catherine, the heart of the downtown shopping district. It was incredibly busy and the sidewalks were crowded with shoppers and tourists going to the many stores and restaurants in the area. We joined them, found the restaurant suggested by our hotel’s concierge, and enjoyed our first night in Montreal.