For architecture, urban planning and even nature lovers, the campus of the University of Montreal has a lot to offer. The campus is located northwest of downtown, on the other side of Mount Royal. Left aside by tourists, the University is beautifully located and offers a wide view on the island and the Saint-Lawrence river. Few take the time to climb up the hill to get the view.
From the Edouard-Montpetit station, head west on Edouard-Montpetit, go by CEPSUM, the University’s sports centre, and turn left, up a steep little hill to the residences. Continue west towards the modern Polytechnique building and climb up the trails to get to the top of the Polytechnique pavilion. You can also use the escalators inside the pavilion and take in a first view at the balcony halfway up.
When you get to the top of the Polytechnique building, you can walk around to get views of the campus, the Saint-Joseph Oratory, and the island of Montreal. On a clear day, you can clearly see the Saint-Lawrence river and the edges of the Montreal island.
On your walk, you will meet students, joggers and cyclists. If you climb even higher, you will find trails that lead you to the cemeteries on the mountain and the Mount Royal park. The Chemin de Ceinture offers a quiet and beautiful lookout.