Hundreds of Montrealers brave the weather to spruce up Mount Royal!

2017-05-07

Les amis de la montagne concluded the third and final day of environmental conservation activities on Sunday, May 7 as part of the 26th annual Mount Royal Clean-Up.

More than 300 participants of all ages braved the elements and contributed to the maintenance and embellishment of Mount Royal by picking up litter and monitoring tree growth.

Participants were warmly greeted and duly thanked for answering this call to action by Sylvie Guilbault and Peter A. Howlettt, C.M., respectively Executive Director and President of Les amis de la montagne, Annick Laberge, Associate Vice President, Region Support Office, TD Bank Group, Anie Samson, Vice President of the Executive Committee of the City of Montreal and responsible for public safety and services to citizens, and the actress Marie-Chantal Perron. After spending three hours cleaning up the mountain, participants gathered at the Mount Royal Chalet for a healthy lunch and entertainment by Samajam.

Les amis de la montagne had initially planned three days of activities for the 26th edition of the Mount Royal Clean-up.  Several community groups met on Saturday, May 6th in the Piedmont sector of the mountain to pick up garbage and monitor previously planted trees. However, clean-up activities organized with primary and secondary school students scheduled for Friday, May 5th were unfortunately cancelled due to the bad weather. Despite this setback, the results of the 2017 edition of the Clean-up are positive.

The 2017 Mount Royal Clean-up in numbers:

  • Close to 400 participants were involved in waste collection and tree growth monitoring,
  • 93 bags of garbage and 33 bags of recyclables were collected,
  • 16 fires and 7 camps were dismantled,
  • The growth and health of some 1,600 trees and shrubs were monitored.

Les amis de la montagne wishes to convey its heartfelt gratitude to all the participants who didn’t let this year’s inclement weather stop them from answering their call for help. What better proof of Montrealers’ unflagging commitment to Mount Royal!

Let the celebrations begin!

The time is ripe for celebrations as Les amis de la montagne offers all through May: Mount Royal Month numerous activities allowing Montrealers to get their fill of fresh air and surprises on the mountain as part of Montréal’s 375th anniversary. For more information on May: Mount Royal Month, please visit www.lemontroyal.qc.ca/may.

Important Support

Developed by Les amis de la montagne, Mount Royal Month is organized jointly with the City of Montréal. Les amis de la montagne wishes to thank the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation for its long-standing support of Mount Royal Month. Our event also benefitted from the generous support of the STM (Silver partner) and Journal Métro (Media partner).

Photo Credit: Alexandre CV