Concierge.com's insider take:
Laid out by Frederick Law Olmsted (of Central Park fame), the gorgeous hilltop green acres of Mount Royal are perfect for strolls, picnics, and admiring the forever view, south over the city and on toward the United States, from the lookout terrace near the summit. Walk up from the top of Peel Street to begin your ascent (www.lemontroyal.qc.ca). At the corner of Sherbrooke and Papineau streets, the turn-of-the-century landscaping at Park La Fontaine is a mix of French manicured gardens and English-style "tamed wilderness." And it's said that Leonard Cohen once owned a home around the beautiful fountain in Saint Louis Square (bounded by Saint Denis Street and Laval Avenue).