Westmount's Summit Park in Montreal

One of Montreal's few designated bird sanctuaries, located atop Westmount, a self-governed municipality just west of downtown Montreal, Summit Park is 57 acres of protected wildlife and the lesser known of Mount Royal's three peaks, one surrounded by seven figure houses that disappear within seconds of entering the park.

A birdwatcher's paradise and an oasis of calm for anyone who desperately needs a break from city smog -- read about my own experience on the summit during a heatwave -- there are a few ways to reach the summit and all of them involve a fair bit of walking if you are without a car. Call (514) 989-5200 for directions to Summit Park.

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View of Westmount Lookout

View of Westmount Lookout in Montreal summit park.
Photo © Evelyn Reid
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One of the Many Paths to Enter Summit Park

Entering Woods of Summit Park in Westmount, Montreal, Canada
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Decomposing Tree in Summit Park

Decomposing Tree in Summit Park westmount
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Popular Dog Destination

Dog at Summit Park in Westmount, Montreal, Canada
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Golden Labrador Enjoying Summit Park

Golden Labrador at Summit Park in Westmount, Montreal, Canada
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Don't Eat the Berries!

Berries at Summit Park in Westmount, Montreal, Canada
Photo © Evelyn Reid
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Butterfly in the Park

Butterfly in Summit Park in Westmount, Montreal, Canada
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St. Joseph's Oratory Upon Exiting the Park

St. Joseph's Oratory westmount summit park
Photo © Evelyn Reid
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