Fauna Flora Photography

Belvédère Outremont, Montreal

A viewpoint on the north-west side of Mont-Royal, adjacent to Montreal's cemetery with view on University and Northern Montreal up to Olympic Stadium.

How to Get Here

You can get there by a short walk from metro station Edouard-Montpetit. Walk goes upwards rather steep through a deciduous forest. Look out for mushrooms and forest flowers. Once arrived on top, your efforts will be honoured by a beautiful view on a large part of Montreal and surroundings.

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Map Location of Belvédère Outremont

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Photography Tips

Mainly a place for macro photography: Mushrooms, flowers and butterflies. Be aware though that in the forest there is low light and you may need flash for good results. Almost certainly, you will see Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) soaring above you during spring, summer and autumn. Carry with you a 400mm lens if you are interested in taking photos of this interesting bird. There are many other bird species around but we haven't found consistent good conditions for photography.

What to See Here

The main attraction of this place is to watch Turkey Vultures soaring in the sky on search of food and the possibility to see and photograph butterflies on the West slope of the park. The forest on the East side gives opportunities to see forest flowers and different mushrooms.

Butterfly species and flowers change over the months. Early spring there are Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa) and Eastern Comma (Polygonia comma). In summer and autumn look out for European Common Blue (Polyommattus icarus), Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus) and Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui) among other butterfly species.

American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) x - - x
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) x - - -
Birds-Foot Trefoil (Lotus corniculatus) - x - x
Bitter Wintercress (Barbara vulgaris) x - - -
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) x - - x
Black-throated Green Warbler (Setophaga virens) x - - -
Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis) x - - -
Brown Creeper (Certhia americana) x - - -
Cabbage White (Pieris rapae) x x - -
Canada Goldenrod (Solidago canadensis) - x - x
Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina) x - - -
Coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara) x - - -
Common Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) x - - -
Common Tansy (Tanacetum vulgare) - x - x
Eastern Grey Squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis) x - - x
European Common Blue (Polyommattus icarus) - x - -
Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata) x - - -
Great Crested Flycatcher (Myiarchus crinitus) x x - -
Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus) x - - -
Large White Trillium (Trillium grandiflorum) x - - -
Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa) x - - -
New England Aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae) - x - -
Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus) x - - -
Swainsons Thrush (Catharus ustulatus) x - - -
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) x x - -
Woodland Sunflower (Helianthus divaricatus) - x - x
Yellow Trout Lily (Erythronium americanum) x - - -

When specific species have been observed, identified, and recorded in this park.

Photos of Belvédère Outremont

Belvédère Outremont - Belvédère Outremont - 2023-02-25
Belvédère Outremont - Belvédère Outremont - 2022-05-14

Last updated on 2024-03-14. Written and regularly updated by Karl-Heinz Müller, Dipl. Natw. ETH, Biology. With 10 years of experience in wildlife photography, Karl-Heinz shares first-hand, on-site collected observations, photos and videos from his frequent visits to parks in the Montreal area.