The Auberge de la Fontaine, the Place to stay while in Montreal.
Located in the heart of the Plateau Mont-Royal, The Auberge de La Fontaine offers a wonderful window on everyday life in Montreal. The Plateau is an area of unique architecture. Here you can find outdoor staircases in a wide variety of styles as well as finely wrought balconies and a network of inter-connected lane ways. In addition to being a much sought after residential area with its tree-lined streets and brightly coloured homes, the Plateau is known for its very present commercial character, especially on Mont-Royal Avenue, Saint-Denis Street and Saint-Laurent Boulevard. An important cultural centre, the Plateau also contains the largest concentration of cultural activities in the entire metropolitan area (theatres, bookstores, shows, cafes, bars, dance, etc.). Also, the Plateau is well renowned for the conviviality of its lively residents.
Why is it called the "Plateau" ? The name is geographical in origin: the land at the bottom of Mount Royal stretching to Sherbrooke Street forms a plateau.
Across from the Auberge is the beautiful Parc La Fontaine, the third largest park in Montreal. Its name honours Sir Louis-Hippolyte LaFontaine, a former Prime Minister of Canada. Originally a farm, the site served as a place for military manoeuvres until 1888 when the city of Montreal laid it out as a park.
Today, the park welcomes a diverse crowd of people who come to relax, have picnics and enjoy the outdoors. The artificial lake offers activities year-round such as pedal boats in summer and skating in winter. There are numerous shows at the outdoor theatre as well as festivals and other activities of all types. The park's statues and monuments commemorate Félix Leclerc, Sir L.-H. LaFontaine, Dollard-des-Ormeaux and Dante. On Sherbrooke Street, opposite the Notre-Dame Hospital, Place General-de-Gaulle can be seen.