Tuques Bleues Celebration

Tuques Bleues Celebration

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

This exceptional benefit event held in support of Mount Royal unites more than 600 people for an evening of good cheer, featuring a snowshoe outing through the forest by moonlight and a gastronomic buffet at the Mount Royal Chalet.

Join us and relive a sporting tradition begun by the Montreal Snowshoe Club in 1840. While the more daring will compete for medals and a trophy by joining the race, the majority will snowshoe over the mountain at their own pace on the lantern-illuminated trail.

Les amis de la montagne’s signature event is featured on the opening night of Montréal en lumière festivities.

By participating, you help preserve Montreal’s most cherished heritage site. Event profits are reinvested in educational, enhancement and conservation programs on Mount Royal.


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



Thursday, February 18, 2016

Maison Smith (1260 Chemin Remembrance, Mount Royal Park)

5:45 to 6:20 p.m.
Participant registration

6:30 p.m.
Snowshoe departure

Mount Royal Chalet

6:30 to 10:00 p.m.
Gastronomic buffet by Java U Catering
Music and entertainment provided by DJ Pocket
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.

The Tuques 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


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.