If you visit Montreal and have any degree of fitness, a walk up the mountain is de rigeur (and also a bit rigorous). Usually, one doesn't end up right beneath the cross iself, but on this visit, my daughter and I cheated slightly and bussed up as high as we could, then continued the rest of the way on foot, bringing us to a place immediately below the famed cross, around the back of the mountain as it were, where most pedestrians don't wander. When I say "mountain" here, it's really more of a big hill. But then, I'm from BC so I know what real mountains are.
I could imagine myself waltzing about here in a swishy dress at somebody's wedding.
Exiting from the The Chalet this is the vista before us
A bird's eye view of the city in the distance.
Looking back from this plaza we see what The Chalet looks like from the outside
The reason to come up to the top of Mt. Royal is to admire the view of the city as the folks in the scene below are doing
And this is the view