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To enjoy the wonders of wintertime without driving kilometers, there's only one place to go: Mount Royal. Snowshoeing is a winter tradition one the mountain, first performed by Aboriginal and popularized with the creation of the Montreal Snowshoe Club in 1840. Come out and hit our snowshoeing trails, with or without a guide!
Les amis de la montagne are pleased to offer a full slate of activities which are sure to delight snowshoeing enthusiasts. Start off by treating yourself to the Traditional Excursion, a 90-minute snowshoe excursion. Discover the secrets of Mount Royal, its trails and breathtaking views of the city at nightfall with a guide from Les amis de la montagne. Hot chocolate is included along the way. In English on Fridays and in French on Saturdays, at 6 p.m. (every weekend until March 5).
On February 12 and 13, surprise your sweetheart with a Valentine’s Day Special Excursion... on a pair of snowshoes, with a truffle treat, on the snowy paths of Mount Royal. In English on February 12 and in French on February 13, at 6 p.m.
On February 14, enjoy a Family Valentine’s Day unlike any other, on a guided snowshoe excursion, hot chocolate included! Excursion in French only. Free for 6-17 years of age (up to 2 children per adult).
Snowshoes provided for all excursions | Reservations required: 514 843-8240 ext. 0
This winter, groups of clients, coworkers and friends with a taste for adventure can enjoy a snowshoeing excursion together. Customized according to your group’s interests. Snowshoes provided. Reservations required: 514 843-8240 ext. 0
Snowshoeing and gastronomy make exceptional bedfellows at Les amis’ annual Tuques Bleues Celebration on Thursday, February 18. Some 500 people typically attend. While the more daring compete for medals and a trophy in a race, the majority of participants snowshoe or stroll over the mountain at their own pace on an enchanting lantern-illuminated trail. The hike leads to a gastronomic celebration and an awards ceremony, in the warmth and merriment of the beautiful Mount Royal Chalet overlooking the city. This benefit event is part of the the inaugural activities of the Montréal en lumière festival. Ticket purchases help preserve the mountain, Montreal’s most cherished heritage site. All proceeds are reinvested in Les amis’ educational and conservation programmes on Mount Royal. Information: www.tuquesbleues.com | Watch the Tuques bleues video on YouTube!
Every Friday and Saturday until March 5th, stop in at the Café des Amis for a hearty gourmet soup for mountain
hikers and snowshoers alike (between 5 and 6:30 p.m.) in the cozy setting of Smith House, located at 1260 chemin Remembrance, in the heart of Mount Royal Park. An invigorating way to prepare for, or to punctuate, your evening trek on Mount Royal.
Les amis de la montagne offers snowshoers, as well as skaters and cross-country skiers, a complete and reasonably-priced outdoor equipment rental service, located at ground level at the Beaver Lake Pavilion (pavillon du Lac-aux-Castors). Rent everything you need for your snowshoeing expedition. Ask for your free map of Mount Royal Park to plan your own outing.
To find out about weather, snow and skating conditions before an outing on Mount Royal: Les amis de la montagne: 514 843-8240 ext 0 or City of Montréal: 514 280-8989 or City of Montreal’s Parks Services website (in French only)