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Throughout the seasons, Les amis de la montagne offers a variety of activities to increase the appreciation of Mount Royal and discover it's rich heritage.
To find out about conditions related to outdoor activities before your outing, contact us at 514 843-8240, ext. 0 or the Ville de Montréal at 514 280-8989 or see the Grands Parcs website.
Sunday, September 18 and Sunday, October 16 and October 23
From 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
This 15 km hike through the forest and urban environment spans the entire Mount Royal territory. It is an exceptional way to learn more about the mountain and the issues of ecology, urban planning and (landscape) architecture that define it. In French. Bring your own lunch or enjoy a light meal at the Café des Amis.
Meeting Point: Monument to Sir George-Etienne Cartier on Park Avenue, corner of Rachel Street
$20 per person • Online reservation required
Sunday, September 11, and Sunday, October 30
From 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Take part in a fascinating trek that follows the watercourses flowing from the mountain to the river... a unique opportunity to understand the historical, geographical and cultural ties between Mount Royal and the St. Lawrence River. In French.
Meeting Point: Smith House. Walk ends in Montréal’s Old Port and includes a lunch break downtown (meal not included) $20 per person • Online reservation required
Les amis de la montagne invites photography and mountain enthusiasts to join them on three photowalks, which combine a mountain discovery trek and an outdoor photography workshop with a photographer. In French.
$20 per person
Meeting Point: To be confirmed upon booking.
Saturday, June 18, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Focussing on light, discover and photograph the newly developed Outremont summit of Mount Royal with photographer Christine Desjardins.
Night Photography on Mount Royal
Friday, September 9, from 7 to 11 p.m.
From the top of Mount Royal, photograph nocturnal shadows and city lights with photographer Linda Rutenberg.
Saturday, October 1, from 8 to 11 a.m.
Explore Summit Woods in Wesmount with wildlife photographer Jean-Guy Morisset. à
Photo : Dina Benett
This summer, Les amis de la montagne invites you to enjoy Beaver Lake differently. Rent a rowboat and take it across the lake or have fun sailing a remote controlled sailboat! Rates available on site.
Dates: June 4-5 and 11-12 weekends / Every day from June 18 to August 28 / September 3-5 long weekend
Hours: Monday to Friday, from 12 am to 8 pm; weekends from 11 am to 8 pm
Rental Counter: Beaver Lake Pavilion, ground level
Note: A photo ID is required for all rentals. Children under 4 are not permitted to board a sailboat. Children under 15 must be accompanied by an adult during the activity. Schedule subject to change without notice due to weather conditions. No rentals during rain or storms.
This year, enjoy the hospitality of the Café des Amis in two stunning venues – Smith House and the Beaver Lake Pavilion – each featuring a beautiful outdoor terrace. Menu includes full meals, sandwiches, salads, desserts, hot and cold beverages, and refreshing, delicious ice cream. The perfect place to enjoy a meal on the mountain!
At Beaver Lake Pavilion
From 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. (subject to seasonal changes)
Reservations: 514 284.0111
At Smith House
From 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., June 18 to October 10
From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., October 11-31
Visit our Nature Boutique, located at both Smith House and the Mount Royal Chalet. Our helpful staff will provide you with all the information needed to make the most of your visit to Mount Royal. Choose from a selection of postcards, special-interest publications, unique Mount-Royal souvenir t-shirts, educational toys, as well as gift items made by local artisans and crafts people.
From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., until October 31
Get all the information you need to fully enjoy the Park at our welcome centre on the ground level of Smith House! Don’t miss the exhibition entitled Mount Royal, a Territory to Discover in the adjacent gallery space to learn more about the history and heritage of the mountain, its fauna and flora, and the conservation challenges it faces.
From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., until October 31
Organised by Les amis de la montagne, this contest aims to capture the richness of Mount Royal landscapes and perspectives through photography.
You could win: a two-night package at Montreal Sheraton Centre including a room with views of Mount Royal, valued at $560; two $100 gift certificates at Royal Photo; and the publication of the first prize photo in Journal Métro!
Saturday, July 9, at 8:30 p.m.
Les amis de la montagne and the Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM) invite you to the surprise screening of a film about Mount Royal, followed by a discussion with the director.
Enjoy a meal at the Beaver Lake Pavilion Café des Amis before for the screening!
Admission is free.
Venue: Beaver Lake Pavilion
Learn about the film and reserve your seat in mid-June
Beaver Lake Family Rally and Mobile Interpretation Kiosk
Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, from July 8 to August 28
From 1 to 5 p.m.
Enjoy a 30-minute family rally on the mysteries of Beaver Lake. Visit the mobile kiosk onsite, manned by an educator from Les amis de la montagne, to learn more about the lake’s history, from geological times to today. In French and English.
Admission is free • Location: Around Beaver Lake
Summer Day Camp in Mount Royal Park
Les amis de la montagne is pleased to offer for an 8th year a summer day camp in Mount Royal Park. Children from 5 to 10 yars of age are invited to enjoy a variety of outdoor activities and discoveries on Mount Royal, under the supervision of qualified educators.
This year again, Les amis de la montagne presents a delightful series of musical Sunday afternoons. Discover the passion and virtuosity of Montreal’s most promising young talents at six concerts held in the majestic Mount Royal Chalet. Produced in collaboration with the City of Montreal, with the support of TD Bank Group. Enjoy a guided tour of the Chalet in either French or English after each concert.
Admission is free.
Venue: Mount Royal Chalet
Jazz for a Sunday Afternoon - Project Chopin
Trio Guillaume Martineau : Guillaume Martineau, piano /
Eric Lagacé, bass / Mark Nelson, drums
Sunshine! Colours! Rythm!
Olivia Musat, piano
Guitars en folie!
Fandango Quartet: Julian Geisterfer, Tobie-Éloi Hinse-Paré,
Roberto Martinez and Simon Rivet
Emily Oulousian, piano, Grand Prize of “Virtuose”
Radio-Canada TV show
Andara String Quartet
Marie-Claire Vaillancourt, violin / Jeanne Côté, violin /
Vincent Delorme, alto / Dominique Beauséjour-Ostiguy, cello
Explore Mount Royal by travelling on the interative map via videos, slideshows or discovery files.
Download guided walks on your multimedia player (MP3, iPod, cell phone) to roam the mountain.
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If you don't have one of the above browsers to navigate in the interactive map, you can find all the content in text version (HTML).