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 Walks

Three Summits of Mount Royal Walking Tour

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


From the Mountain to the River Walking Tour

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

Mount Royal and the Photographer's Eye

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.

Light on the Outremont Summit

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.

Online reservation required

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. 

Online reservation required

La fauna and the flora of Westmount's Summit Woods


Saturday, October 1, from 8 to 11 a.m.
Explore Summit Woods in Wesmount with wildlife photographer Jean-Guy Morisset. à

Online reservation required

Photo : Dina Benett

NEW- Rowboat and Remote Controlled Sailboat Rentals

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 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.

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. $