Tuques Bleues Celebration

Tuques Bleues Celebration

Invitation to participate: Individuals  | 
Invitation to participate: groups | 
Invitation to participate: Partners

Les amis de la montagne invite you to come celebrate the 20th edition of the Tuques Bleues benefit event on Mount Royal on Thursday, February 16!

This night-time snowshoe adventure unique in Montréal, brings together a hundred racers for a friendly competition and hundreds of walkers along lantern-lit, snow-laden mountain paths, followed by a gourmet feast in the warmth of the majestic Mount Royal Chalet.

On top of enjoying an exceptional outdoor event on the mountain, bringing together gastronomy, music and light effects, you help support Les amis’ environmental conservation programmes on Mount Royal, specifically:

  • Les Amis’ Conservation Patrol, which engages with tens of thousands of park users about how to enjoy the mountain in a way that ensures the sustainability of its natural habitats.

  • Les Amis’ Environmental Stewardship initiatives, which involve thousands of volunteers in improving the mountain’s biodiversity and plant biomass.

Your support is essential to Les amis de la montagne, contributing to the sustainability of Mount Royal, this precious green space in the heart of our city.

Join us for this exhilarating winter event, featured as part of Montréal en lumière festivities! 


Individual ticket registration: $250 including snowshoes, gastronomic buffet, drinks and a blue tuque. Tax receipt of $125 issued for the donation portion.

Click here to register a group (2 persons or more).

Consult the Participant Guide.


Thursday, February 16, 2017
Maison Smith (1260 Chemin Remembrance, Mount Royal Park)
5:30 to 6:20 p.m.
Participant registration
Loan of snowshoes (Limited quantity, please bring your own)
Blue tuque distribution
6:15 p.m.
Positioning near departure line
Warm-up period
6:30 p.m.
Snowshoe timed race departure
6:35 p.m.
Snowshoe walk gradual departure
Mount Royal Chalet
6:30 to 10 p.m.
Gastronomic buffet created by Java U Catering
Electro Traditional Duo - DJ Doro and violinist Tim Savard
Light effects and entertainment
Prize draw offered by Tubbs and Atlas Snowshoes
Medal and trophy ceremony for the snowshoe race


Gold, Silver and Bronze medals will be awarded to both men and women.

TheTuques Bleues Trophy will be awarded to the winners of the Team Challenge (Défi Équipes).


Out of concern for the environment and to encourage responsible consumption, we invite you to follow the tips below:

  • Use public transportation or carpool to Maison Smith
  • Bring your reusable water bottle
  • Wear your blue tuque from a prior year’s event
  • If you wish, you can hand back your material at the end of the event
  • Bring your own snowshoes – identification service at Maison Smith and storage available at the Chalet coat check
  • Remain inside the designated trails while snowshoeing
Photo : Nellie Caron

Les amis de la montagne is a registered, charitable organization that works to protect and enhance Mount Royal through community involvement and environmental education.


The Montreal Snowshoe Club was founded in 1840. Its members would gather each week at nightfall on Sherbrooke Street near McGill College for a 20 km snowshoe hike through the forest of Mount Royal. This winter sport was one the main social, recreational and philanthropic activities of the time and provided some of the most influential businessmen of Montreal the opportunity to socialize together. Around 1870, the Club members started wearing the blue tuque, a symbol of their excellence in competition.

Canadian Illustrated News, Montreal, February 1873.