The Mountain Clean Up 25th Edition: A New Approach for a Cleaner Mountain


Les amis de la montagne adopted a new approach for carrying out the 25th edition of its Mountain Clean Up, the annual Corvée du Mont-Royal. It held three separate days of environmental conservation activities rather than one, thus covering a larger area, in addition to better harnessing the capabilities of each participating group.

This year’s edition kicked off on Sunday, May 1, with Phase I of the Mountain Clean Up, attended by close to 300 members of the general public – people of all ages – who braved the inclement weather to contribute to the maintenance and beautification of Mount Royal. Participants were  warmly welcomed and duly thanked for responding to Les Amis’ call to action by Sylvie Guilbault and Peter A. Howlett, C.M., respectively Executive Director and President of Les amis de la montagne, Stéphane Bourbonnais, Executive Vice-President and Regional Manager for Eastern Canada, TD Wealth Management, and Chairman of the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, and Anie Samson, City of Montréal Executive Committee Vice-President and Head of Public Safety and Citizen Services. After a three-hour clean up, they returned to Mount Royal Chalet for a healthy lunch, compliments of Fontaine Santé, and a festive concert by Fanfare Pourpour.

A few days later, on Friday 6, Phase II of the Mountain Clean Up unfolded with eight groups of primary and secondary school students on the Outremont Summit and northern slope of Mount Royal. The following day, Phase III brought together more than a dozen community groups who collected waste and monitored sapling growth in the Piedmont sector of Mount Royal Park, on the Eastern slope of the mountain.

Les amis de la montagne wishes to convey its heartfelt thanks to all participants who came out this year and demonstrated their invaluable commitment to Mount Royal.

The Mountain Clean Up 2016 in numbers:

  • Nearly 600 participants were involved in waste collection and tree growth monitoring.
  • 124 bags of garbage and 38 bags of recyclables were collected.
  • 74 fires and 17 were camps were dismantled.
  • The growth and health of some 1,200 trees and shrubs were monitored.

Photo : Frédérique Ménard Aubin

The Mountain Clean Up was the kick-off event for May 2016: Mount Royal Month. Developed by Les amis de la montagne,
Mount Royal Month is organised jointly with the Ville de Montréal.

Les amis de la montagne wishes to thank the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation for its longstanding support to Mount Royal Month.
The 12th edition of the event also benefitted from the generous support of the STM (Silver Partner) and Journal Métro (Media Partner).