Tuques Bleues Celebration

Tuques Bleues Celebration

Invitation to participate: Individuals  | 
Invitation to participate: Corporate teams | 
Invitation to participate: Partners



Robert Tellier                                        Michel Leblanc
Regional Vice President,                       President & CEO,
Group Retirement Solutions                  Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal
and Group Benefits,                         

Les amis de la montagne are pleased to invite you to the 18th edition of the Tuques Bleues Celebration on February 19 on Mount Royal.

The Tuques Bleues Celebration, presented by Manulife, unites more than 600 people from the business community for an evening of good cheer, featuring a snowshoe outing through the forest by moonlight and a gastronomic buffet at the Chalet du Mont-Royal. While the more daring will compete for medals and a trophy by joining the snowshoe race, the majority will snowshoe over the mountain at their own pace on the lantern-illuminated trail. Join us and to relive a sporting tradition begun by the Montreal Snowshoe Club in 1840.

Les amis de la montagne’s signature fundraising event held in support of Mount Royal is featured on the opening night of Montréal en lumière festivities. By participating, you help Les amis de la montagne preserve Montreal’s most cherished heritage site. Event profits are reinvested in educational, enhancement and conservation programs on Mount Royal.


$250 (tax receipt of $125) includes blue toque and gastronomic buffet; snowshoes available in limited quantity - bring your own!


Maison Smith (1260 Chemin Remembrance, Mount Royal Park)
5:45 to 6:20 p.m.
  • Participant registration
6:30 p.m.
  • Snowshoe departure
Chalet du Mont-Royal
6:30 to 10:00 p.m.
  • Gastronomic buffet prepared by Java-U
  • DJ and entertainment
  • Prize draw offered by Tubbs and Atlas Snowshoes
  • Medal and trophy ceremony for the snowshoe race

*To better appreciate your evening, download the PARTICIPANTS' GUIDEBOOK


  • Gold, Silver and Bronze medals will be awarded to both men and women for participation in the snowshoe race
  • The Trophée des Tuques bleues will be awarded to the winners of the 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 traditional sash and blue tuque from a prior year’s event;
  • If you wish, you can hand back your material at the end of the event – containers near the Chalet exit;
  • Bring your own snowshoes – identification service at Maison Smith and storage available at the Chalet coat check;
  • Remain inside the designated trails while snowshoeing.


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 time to socialize together. Around 1870, the Club members started wearing the blue tuque, a symbol of their excellence in competition.

Les amis de la montagne revive this tradition by inviting individuals and corporate teams to enjoy a unique snowshoe event followed by a night of celebration at the Chalet du Mont-Royal.

Canadian Illustrated News, Montreal, February 1873.