General Public

General Public

Care for the mountain!

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.

The community is also invited to participate in the conservation activities by volunteering for the Environmental Stewardship Program and the Corvée du Mont-Royal event.

For group registrations, please consult our Corporate groups and associations webpage.

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.

Discovery Thursdays

Every Thursday, enjoy an early evening mountain discovery activity, as part of May 2016: Mount Royal Month
Admission is free  •  From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. •  Meeting point: Smith House
Registration required


Guided Walking Tour: Landscapes, Views and Perspectives

After crossing the park’s summit and discovering its forest and flowers, enjoy the majestic path of the escarpment and a succession of surprising views of the city. In French and English

MAY 12

Guided Walking Tour: Sous-bois, plantes printanières et arbres remarquables

In the company of a biologist, discover Mont-Royal’s forest floor flowers and note their exceptional diversity. This is also an opportunity to see some remarkable trees selected by the City of Montréal for their cultural and dendrological value

MAY 19

Conference: Le flanc est du mont Royal – Villas, parcs et urbanisation

In the mid-nineteenth century, the eastern slope of Mount Royal was surrounded by large rural villas. The creation of Mount Royal Park in 1876 and subsequent urbanisation transformed the area by the end of the century. How did these homes coexist with the park and what is left of them today?
Speaker: Justin Bur, Coordinator, Mile End Memories •  In French

MAY 26

Guided Walking Tour: Belvédères et points de vue

With its three summits, Mount Royal offers a selection of scenic views. This guided tour reveals a succession of spectacular vistas and encourages the exploration of issues relating to the protection of city and mountain views.
Offered in partnership with the Institut du patrimoine de l’UQAM  •   In French

Photo : Lorenzo Bustillo

Sundays on the Mountain


Mount-Royal Clean-Up – 25th Edition

Montrealers are invited to contribute to the care and conservation of Mount Royal during the annual Mountain Clean Up! Over the morning, participants will collect litter and recyclables on the mountain or monitor previously planted indigenous saplings. Clean up activities will be followed by a healthy lunch, music and animation.

IMPORTANT: Online registration is required

Children under 6 years of age old cannot participate in the event. Children aged 6 to 12 must be accompanied by an adult.


Guided Walking Tour: De la montagne au fleuve

Take part in a fascinating trek that follows the streams 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

$20  •  From 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. • Reservation required: 514 843.8240 ext. 0
Meeting point: Smith House •  Walk ends in the Old Port of Montreal

MAY 15

Guided Walking Tour: Du lac aux Castors à l’Oratoire Saint-Joseph du Mont-Royal : les réalisations de Frederick G. Todd, architecte paysagiste

Walking from Smith House to Saint Joseph’s Oratory, discover some of the outstanding works of Frederick G. Todd, including Beaver Lake and the Oratory’s Gardens of the Way of the Cross A carillon recital will conclude the excursion. In French

Admission is free (meals not included)  •  From 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. •  Reservation required: 514 843.8240 ext. 0
Meeting point: Smith House •  Tour ends at Saint Joseph’s Oratory

MAY 22

Walking Tour: Les trois sommets du mont Royal

This magnificent 15 km guided hike through the forest and urban environment spans the entire  territory of Mount Royal. It is an exceptional way to learn more about its richness and the issues of history, ecology, urban planning and architecture that define it. In French

$20 (meal not included)  •  From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. •  Reservation required: 514 843.8240 ext. 0
Meeting point: Monument Sir George-Etienne Cartier

Birdwatching Excursions

SATURDAY, MAY 14, from 7 to 9:30 a.m.
FRIDAY, MAY 20, from 7 to 9 a.m.

Discover Mount Royal’s birds and breeding habitats with an ornithologist from
Les amis de la montagne. Bring your binoculars!

$10   •   Meeting point: Smith House   •   Reservation required: 514 843.8240 ext. 0

Photo : Pierre Banon

Full-Day Conference



This day-long run of talks, workshops and roundtables brings together experts from various fields to discuss the need to protect the views of the city and of Mount Royal, and the mountain’s iconic presence at the heart of Montréal.

Organized by Les amis de la montagne in partnership with the Institut du patrimoine de l’UQAM. In French

Admission is free   •   Registration required: 514 843.8240 ext. 239

Complete information

Pierre-Yves Lacroix

Guided Tour



Take a tour of some of Notre-Dame-des-Neiges Cemetery’s funeral works of outstanding importance, including those of prominent figures in our history, as part of May 2016: Mount Royal Month. In French

$10  •  From 10 to 11:30 a.m. or 12:30 to 2 p.m.   •   Meeting point: Notre-Dame-des-Neiges Cemetery Administration Building
Reservation required: 514 735.1361 ext. 306

Photo : Cimetière Notre-Dame-des-Neiges

Mount Royal Park Inauguration Day: May 24, 1876

140 Years in 140 Characters


Tweet your best wishes to the mountain. Go public with what Mount Royal Park means for you. Use the hashtag #MountRoyal140ans

Smith House

Drop by Smith House (la maison Smith), where Les amis de la montagne has its headquarters and manages Mount Royal Park’s Visitor Services.

Operating hours
Sunday to Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.


Our helpful staff will provide you with all the information needed to make the most of your visit to Mount Royal. Find a unique selection of souvenirs, postcards, maps and special-interest publications, seasonal clothing and accessories, as well as children’s toys and educational books at our Nature Boutique.


Mounted by Les amis de la montagne in Smith House, this exhibition offers a wealth of insights into the history and heritage of the mountain, its fauna and flora, and the conservation issues it faces.


Enjoy the warmth and hospitality of the Café des Amis seven days a week. Menu includes hot main courses, salads, desserts, beer and wine, and a fine selection of fair trade and organic coffees, teas and hot chocolate. Opens at 10 a.m.


Fridays and Saturdays, January 8 to March 5, 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.
For snowshoers and all visitors alike: enjoy a hearty soup in the warm setting of Smith House. $