In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, visitors to Mount Royal Park could zip up the mountain on a funicular, an incline railway that started at ground level near Duluth St.
The McCord Museum tells us the steam-driven funicular cost five cents for adults and three cents for children. It was inaugurated in 1985 and shut down in 1918.
You can see still vestiges of the railway in the forest just off the Escarpment Path.
If you’re coming from the Peel stairs side, they’re just after the second lookout, on the slope’s “upside.”
Jean-Michel Villanove of Les amis de la montagne tells me the remnants are the foundations of a lookout for funicular riders.
Here are some shots I took in 2018:
Here’s what the funicular looked like back in the day: