Traditions of snowshoeing on Mount Royal with Les amis de la montagne

2014-01-23

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.

BAnQ CP 021470 CON. Canadian winter sports. Typical snoeshoers. Postcard, 1908.

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.

  • Departure: Maison Smith, 1260 Chemin Remembrance, Mount-Royal Park
  • At 1:30 p.m. and at 3 p.m.
  • Free or $5 to rent snowshoes
  • Registration required: 514 843-8240, ext. 0

DEMONSTRATION OF TRADITIONAL SNOWSHOE MAKING

Discover the intricacies of traditional snowshoe making with craftsman Réjean Boisvert.

  • At Maison Smith (Exhibition room)
  • From 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Free admission

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.

  • At Maison Smith (1st floor)
  • Every weekend, until March 9
  • From 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Free admission

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.

Offered in English, on Friday nights, January 24 and 31
Offered in French, every Saturday nights, until March 8
  • Departure from Maison Smith at 6:15 p.m. (1.5 hour duration)
  • Snowshoes and hot chocolate included
  • $20 (16 years and older)   
  • $17 (12 to 15 years)
  • Registration required: themountroyal.qc.ca or 514 843-8240, ext. 0 *Please register by phone for the snowshoe walks on January 24 and 25
  • Places are limited
VALENTINE’S SPECIAL
Friday, February 14 and Saturday, February 15
Snowshoes, mulled wine and chocolate truffle included
$28 (18 years and older)  
Registration required: themountroyal.qc.ca or 514 843-8240, ext. 0

LES AMIS’ 5 À SOUPE
Every Saturday, from January 4 to March 8, from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Before heading out for a hike or just to take a break, the Café des Amis at Maison Smith offers a special snowshoers’ meal-in-a-soup in a convivial atmosphere. ($)
 

Our complete calendar of events is available on our website at themountroyal.qc.ca or download our calendar of activities Winter 2014.