Come and play outdoors on Mount Royal this winter!

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Montreal, December 10, 2009 – Come and play outdoors on Mount Royal this winter! The mountain is a winter sports paradise and Les amis de la montagne, in collaboration with the Ville de Montréal, provides a host of activities to the community in the Beaver Lake sector, in addition to the usual warm welcome at the Café Smith and nature-boutique at Smith House.
Original activities have been added to the line-up of wintertime favourites – all the more reason to appreciate this uniquely beautiful landscape in our urban midst!
The guided Snowshoeing by the light of the city walks, which are held every Saturday evening from January 9 to March 13, 2010, will be featured with a twist for a “Sparkling New Year’s on the Mountain” on Tuesday, December 29 and Wednesday, December 30, 2009. The $25 per person registration includes snowshoe rental, animation and sparkling wine. And on Saturday, February 13, 2010, a romantic “Valentine’s Soirée on the Mountain” will feature mulled wine and chocolate, for $20 per person, snowshoe rental and animation included.
The Club de ski de fond des amis de la montagne returns for a second year with the Jackrabbit initiation courses in cross-country skiing for children 6 to 10 years old. The cost is $225 and includes rental boots, skis and poles (or $180 without rental equipment). A preliminary evaluation session will be followed by 7 classes of 1.5 hours each on 8 consecutive Saturday mornings beginning January 9 to February 27, 2010. To reserve, call us at 514 843-8240, ext. 0.
The following all-time favourite activities will again be available: inner-tubing on the hill near Beaver Lake with tobogganing nearby, skating on the artificial rink at all times and depending on the ice conditions, on Beaver Lake itself, and close to 22km of cross-country ski trails through the forest. Outdoor enthusiasts will find all the rental equipment necessary for their mountain adventures at Les amis’ rental counter located on the ground floor of the Beaver Lake pavilion: skates, skis, snowshoes, Nordic kicksled, carrier sled for babies, children’s helmets and learn-to-skate walkers. A skate sharpening and ski waxing service is also provided.

Finally, the interpretation activity called “The Birds of Mount Royal, for all ages” will be offered free and throughout the winter every Saturday from January 9 to March 13, 2010, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., with departures from Smith House. Join a member of Les amis’ conservation patrol for a guided visit of the 7 feeder stations located on the path that circles the summit to spot the cardinals, juncos, woodpeckers and other species that frequent the feeders in winter.

Les amis provides many wintertime programs in environmental education for school groups during the week, including special half-day packages combining outdoor activities. To reserve, call us at 514 843-8240, ext. 235.
The printed calendar of winter-spring 2010 events is available at Les amis’ information centres located at Smith House (1260 Remembrance Road), at the Beaver Lake pavilion and the Chalet du Mont-Royal. To make reservations, call us at 514 843-8240, ext. 0.
The calendar of events is also available on Les amis’ website. To receive email news from Les amis and reminders of upcoming events, send us an email indicating your interest.
Photos: © Les amis de la montagne

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