Snow was thick beneath us as we crunched through the trees. Blue sky peeked through the icy branches overhead. Our snowshoes made deep beaver-tail shaped dents as we marched uphill. There was total silence as we continued our steady march. Panting and sweating, we finally made it to the top of the mountain.
Emerging from the trees, we were greeted by the most spectacular view we had seen in Quebec. It wasn’t wilderness or snow-capped peaks that lay before us, but rather the skyscrapers of downtown Montreal glittering in the sunlight.
As every local will tell you, Montreal is arguably the only city in Canada to have a ‘mountain’ right in the middle of it – or at least that’s what they call the 233m high hill at the heart of the financial district. It’s just a 40 minute walk to the summit.
The people of Montreal might be city dwellers, but their pursuits outside office hours are firmly rooted in the outdoors. You’ll spot many city workers cross-country skiing or snowshoeing during their lunch break here before heading back to the office.