Launch of "May 2010: Mount Royal Month"
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MAY 2010: MOUNT ROYAL MONTH
In celebration of the mountain’s biodiversity
On the occasion of “May 2010: Mount Royal Month” and as part of the International Year of Biodiversity, the Ville de Montréal and Les amis de la montagne invite all Montrealers to participate in a variety of programs to explore the natural environment of the mountain and to participate in its enhancement.
The 19th Corvée du Mont-Royal mountain clean-up begins the month’s activities on Sunday, May 2, followed by a variety of lectures, forums, guided walks and a photography exhibit. Special events are also planned, including an encounter between students and the artists of the work Give peace a chance, the inauguration of the work Give peace a chance as part of the redevelopment of the Peel entrance to Mount Royal Park and the 6th awards ceremony of the prestigious Prix du Mont-Royal.
Rain or shine, Montrealers are invited to the great Corvée du Mont-Royal clean-up event on Sunday, May 2.
8:45 to 9:30 a.m.: individual registration at the Chalet du Mont-Royal
10 a.m. to 12 p.m.: conservation activities – rain or shine
12 p.m. to 4 p.m.: activities and animation
MOUNT ROYAL MONTH ACTIVITIES
On May 5, a lecture on the presence of First Nations’ communities on Mount Royal will be offered as part of the Belles Soirées de l’Université de Montréal. Participants will receive a free copy of Les amis de la montagne’s newest publication, La présence amérindienne sur le mont Royal, a self-guided walking tour to explore this facet of the mountain with the whole family.
On May 7 and 8, as part of the “24 heures de science”, Les amis de la montagne invites the community to discover the mountain's biodiversity and to become familiar with the variety of fauna that calls Mount Royal home, including invertebrates, birds, amphibians, reptiles and mammals.
On May 12, the Ville de Montréal is organizing a meeting between students from the École secondaire Saint-Henri and the artist and the landscape architect of the work Give peace a chance, in situ, to discuss the creation process of this work on Mount Royal. Organized by the Maison de l’architecture MONOPOLI and the Bureau du Mont-Royal, this project is part of a cultural mediation project on public art in Montreal.
Les amis de la montagne will hold their public forum on May 12 in the company of the Écomusée de l’Au-Delà, an organization dedicated to Quebec’s funerary heritage, to discover and discuss the future of the cemeteries on Mount Royal, sites that are rich in historic, landscape and cultural heritage.
For a 4th year, a gathering of 40 amateur ornithologists will volunteer their time to continue the bird inventory begun in May 2006 on Mount Royal on the greater territory of the mountain, including the Université de Montréal, the Mount Royal and Notre-Dame-des-Neiges cemeteries, Summit Park in Westmount and Mount Royal Park.
On May 16, a guided walk on archaeology will be held in collaboration with the McCord Museum. Participants will follow in the footsteps of famed 19th-century archaeologist William Dawson to unearth the history and early findings of Canadian archaeology and to discover several artefacts that attest to the existence of a First Nations' village that predates the arrival of Jacques Cartier.
To celebrate the 134th anniversary of Mount Royal Park, inaugurated May 24, 1876, as well as to underline the International Year of Biodiversity, Les amis de la montagne invite the community to explore the richness of the mountain’s flora and fauna during a guided walk through the woods in all its springtime glory.
On May 27, Les amis de la montagne and the Ville de Montréal will award the prestigious Prix du Mont-Royal to an individual, who through his/her commitment towards the conservation of our collective historic and natural heritage and vision, is a source of inspiration to us all.
Finally, on May 31, the Ville de Montréal will hold the official inauguration of the work Give peace a chance, inspired by the eponymous song by John Lennon. The realization of this work is part of the redevelopment of the Peel entrance of Mount Royal Park, financed by the Entente sur le développement culturel de Montréal between the Ministère de la Culture, des Communications et de la Condition féminine and the Ville de Montréal.
ACTIVITIES OF THE GREAT INSTITUTIONS ON THE MOUNTAIN
The activities of eight of the mountain’s great institutions are included for a second consecutive year in the calendar of Mount Royal Month events: Musée des Hospitalières de l’Hôtel-Dieu de Montréal, Saint-Joseph’s Oratory of Mount Royal, Mount Royal Cemetery, the cavalry of the SPVM, McCord Museum, Redpath Museum, Université de Montréal (Les Belles Soirées) and McGill University.
Click here for the complete calendar of activities organized as part of Mount Royal Month.