April 11, 2014 —It’s one thing to treat yourself to a leisurely stroll along the streets of Plateau Mont-Royal, with its enticing mix of sun-drenched terraces, colourful houses and eclectic shops. What’s even better is to jog through the area. Engage in beneficial physical exercise while you get a taste of day-to-day life in an area as charming as it is creative, just minutes from the city centre. Whether your point of departure is the Centre Infotouriste (1255 Peel Street) or your hotel foyer, you’ll love criss-crossing one of the most intriguing neighbourhoods in the country.
Begin with a short jog up Metcalfe Street to Sherbrooke, turning right to access the campus of McGill University. This venerable institution, Montréal’s oldest, today welcomes students from over 160 nations around the globe.
Cut across the campus to Milton Street, continue on to Sainte-Famille Street and then turn right onto Prince Arthur Street. This pedestrian artery bordered by BYOW (bring your own wine) eateries will lead you to Saint Louis Square. You’ll want to stop for a breather to admire the period architecture of the stately homes bordering the square.
Proceed through the square to Saint-Denis Street, cross over to Cherrier Street and then on to Parc La Fontaine. Take the time to zigzag through the park on the many winding trails. This majestic green space in the heart of the city is a favourite with Plateau residents who come to the park to picnic, enjoy a game of pétanque(lawn bowls) or sit in the shade of a hazelnut tree.
Leaving the park, head out along Duluth Street, turning right onto Laval and then left onto Marie-Anne. Your eyes will be naturally drawn to the succession of multicoloured balconies and spiral staircases typical of the area.
Continue on to Parc Jeanne‑Mance, an oasis of green and ever popular soccer venue with the city’s cultural communities. On Sunday afternoons in summer, the nearby slopes of Mount Royal will likely resonate to the beat of tamtam drums. Heading south (or left) back towards the city centre, you’ll cross Hutchison Street which will take you down to Sherbrooke. From there, you’ll easily find your way back to your hotel.
Itinerary distance: 9.6 km (6 miles)
Centre Infotouriste (point of departure): 37 m
Milton Street (km 1): 47 m
Parc La Fontaine (km 3 to km 5): 42 m to 45 m
Parc Jeanne-Mance (km 7): 68 m to 72 m
Back to Centre Infotouriste (km 7 to km 9): 72 m to 37 m
Other jogging circuits:
Mount Royal Park
Old Port and Parc Jean-Drapeau
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