Mount Royal Park: a magical place in the heart of Montréal to enjoy winter at its best

2016-12-08
From December to March, Les amis de la montagne invites winter sports, outdoor and culture enthusiasts to enjoy a full slate of programmes and events in Mount Royal Park.

The 2016-17 winter season includes new activities for children and adults to experience the best of what nature has to offer without leaving the city! Seasonal highlights include:

  • City Lights Snowshoe Excursions: led by our expert guides, offered in French and English on Friday and Saturday evenings in January and February, with hot chocolate,mulled wine or a chocolate truffle depending on the trek. A special New Year’s trek is organized on December 30, to enjoy the view of the city with a glass of bubbly!

  • Special Valentine’s Day snowshoes excursions: a Valentine’s Day afternoon of family fun on February 12, as well as a special February 14 evening excursion for couples and sweethearts, which includes an aperitif in the forest and a romantic fondue dinner at the Café des Amis in the Beaver Lake Pavilion with a magnificent view on the lake.

  • A Montreal 375th anniversary historic excursion:  to relive the snowshoe treks of the original 1840s Montreal Snowshoe Club on January 28 and 29.

  • Themed musical skating evenings every Friday and Saturday starting in January and daytime skating for all ages: free of charge at Beaver Lake with breathtaking views of nature and the park.Snow tubing: along specially outfitted slides... as soon as winter is upon us.

  • Cross-country skiing with the Club de ski de fond des Amis de la montagne: for children and adults wishing to learn or hone their cross-country skiing techniques without leaving the city.

  • Birdwatching: specially designed for bird lovers, to observe birds in Mount Royal Park or to take part in an official census of the North American winter bird population. A special Christmas Bird Count will take place on December 17 and 18.

  • Family drop-in activity Winter Traditions at Smith House: exploring the myriad facets of winter on the mountain, past and present, every Saturday starting January 7.

  • A special contest “Share your moment on Mount Royal”: an invitation for park visitors to share a photo of their winter experience in the park on Twitter and Instagram by using the hashtag #MtRoyalmoment starting December 15. The winner gets two tickets for the 20th Tuques Bleues Celebration on February 16 – a unique night-time adventure on snowshoes followed by a gourmet banquet at the Mount Royal Chalet, DJ and open bar included!

  • Mount Royal, a Territory to Discover:an exhibition that highlights the history and heritage of the mountain, its fauna and flora, and the conservation issues it faces, free of charge at the historic Smith House.

… and much more!

Les amis de la montagne also offers park visitors outdoor sports equipment rental serviceskates, cross-country skis, snowshoes, snow tubes and more. Skate sharpening, cross-country ski cleaning and waxing are available on-site as well. Our rental counter is located at ground level in the Beaver Lake Pavilion. Thanks to this service, visitors can enjoy skating at Beaver Lake, as well as 22 km of cross-country ski trails and 3 km of snowshoe trails in the forest, all available to the public free of charge.

Enjoy a Gourmet Break on the Mountain

The Café des Amis, now established at both Smith House and the Beaver Lake Pavilion, is pleased to host skaters, hikers, skiers, snowshoers and other park visitors, serving up delicious homemade soup, hot mains, sandwiches, salads and desserts, and a selection of coffees, teas and hot chocolate.

About Our Activities and Registration

Full information on our winter programme in Mount Royal Park (fees and dates of the different activities) is available on Les amis de la montagne’s website.

The STM takes you to the mountain!

On your next visit, take advantage of public transportation; access by bus on Line 11 - Mount Royal Park from Mont Royal metro station.