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Discover on snowshoes the secrets of living in the forest in winter, observe the art of traditional snowshoe making or join our snowshoe evening!
Snowshoes will be front and centre on Saturday, January 25, as part of Les amis de la montagne’s “Winter Traditions on Mount Royal” activities being held each weekend at Maison Smith through March 9.
Craftsman Réjean Boisvert will demonstrate his traditional snowshoe-making talents. In partnership with the YMCA Camp Kanawana, join a free guided family snowshoe walk, to learn about the rudiments of survival in the forest in wintertime: how to become a good tracker, how to find food and build shelter.
Snowshoeing on Mount Royal has a long history. Invented by Amerindians, trappers were the first to adopt this practical wintertime footwear. In the early 1840s, a dozen influential Anglophone businessmen from Montreal gathered each week at the foot of the mountain for a snowshoe climb at nightfall. By 1843, they formed the Montreal Snow Shoe Club, the first of its kind in the world and the earliest of the snowshoe clubs to come.
WINTER TRADITIONS... ON SNOWSHOES
Saturday, January 25
GUIDED WALK “LIVING IN THE FOREST IN WINTER”
Join this guided snowshoe walk on the trail of animal tracks and learn the survival secrets of Amerindians and the “coureurs des bois”. An activity for the whole family offered in collaboration with YMCA Camp Kanawana.
DEMONSTRATION OF TRADITIONAL SNOWSHOE MAKING
Discover the intricacies of traditional snowshoe making with craftsman Réjean Boisvert.
EXHIBIT "WINTER ON THE MOUNTAIN 150 YEARS AGO"
Les amis de la montagne invite you to an exhibit of archival documents and photographs to discover the fascinating history of winter sports on Mount Royal dating 150 years.
DON'T MISS OUR SNOWSHOE EVENING!
SNOWSHOE WALKS “BY THE LIGHT OF THE CITY”
Follow Les amis de la montagne’s guide along the trails to discover the forest enveloped by night. An illuminating way to discover the mountain and the spectacular views of the city.