Les amis' New Year's wishes for 2010

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For more than 150 years, citizens have played a major role in the protection of Mount Royal, be it by influencing public authorities or by directly getting involved in conservation and enhancement activities. This involvement is truly remarkable and very likely unique in North America.
Photo: Olivier Hoffschir 
Nevertheless, even though the richness and importance of Mount Royal have been well demonstrated, and given the current context where our preoccupations with the environment and quality of life in an urban milieu are taking on greater importance, nothing can be taken for granted. Despite the mountain’s existing protection status, developers consistently try to appropriate portions of the protected territory of Mount Royal. Certain institutions, confined within the limits of existing properties, seek to expand their infrastructures.
Although the municipal and governmental authorities are now the legal guardians of this collective heritage, history has demonstrated that the vigilance and commitment of citizens will always be required so that our little hill, bursting with history, nature and culture, continues to be the pride of Montrealers.
At the start of this New Year, the team at Les amis de la montagne wishes to thank all those citizens who have contributed their support, energy, expertise, know-how and passion to ensure that Mount Royal remains an exceptional site for generations to come.
In the course of 2010, important decisions will need to be taken by the municipal authorities on projects that will have a major impact on the future of the mountain. May citizens’ voices continue to be heard and listened to by our elected leaders, who are ultimately responsible for our collective heritage.
We invite you to enjoy all the beauty and joy that Mount Royal’s snowy summits have to offer this winter. Best wishes for a healthy and happy 2010.

The “Snowshoeing by the light of the city” guided snowshoe walks held every Saturday evening until March 13 will feature a special Valentine’s Day theme on Saturday, February 13.
During this 3 km snowshoe walk, participants will experience the peacefulness of the mountain forest at night, punctuated by breath-taking views of the illuminated city below. About half-way along the trail, snowshoers will enjoy a little mulled wine and chocolate break, while our educator provides some animation.
The fee is $20 per person and includes the snowshoe rental, animation and treats. From 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. To reserve, please call 514 843-8240, ext. 0.
Winter has arrived, the snow has fallen and Mount Royal remains the location of choice for outdoor sports enthusiasts!
All the equipment necessary to enjoy a variety of winter sports is available at Les amis de la montagne’s rental counter located on the ground floor of the Beaver Lake pavilion: skates, cross-country skis, snowshoes, baby sleighs, children’s helmets and learn-to-skate walkers – and of course, Nordic kicksleds.
This gliding apparatus that originates from Scandinavia is both ecological and great fun for families. Reminiscent of a child's scooter, kicksledding combines a healthy dose of aerobic exercise with a new form of winter fun for the whole family. A quick demonstration by our courteous rental counter personnel is all you need to get started, or visit our distributor’s website for a quick how-to.
Open-air sculptures, the Chalet and the cross, foxes and Pileated Woodpeckers, and views of the north and west summits of Mount Royal are all yours to discover along the mountain’s summit loop by guided podcast this winter.
Featured on the Mount Royal interactive map available on Les amis de la montagne’s website, hikers can listen to and watch a variety of multimedia clips to learn more about the richness of this sector of the Mount Royal Historic and Natural District.
The podcasts may be downloaded free of charge on your iPod, cell phone or other multimedia player. You may also rent a multimedia player at Smith House during regular hours ($5 plus ID). Departure is from Smith House and the walk lasts just over an hour, but can be adapted to suit your own rhythm.

Les amis de la montagne are very pleased to present the honourary co-chairs of the 13th edition of the Tuques Bleues Celebration and Snowshoe Event: Cyril Bendahan (at left), Vice President, Group Benefits, Quebec Region, Manulife Financial and Erik Ryan (at right), Chairman of the Board of the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal and Senior Vice-President, Communications and External Relations, Rio Tinto Alcan.
The honourary co-chairs, together with the members of the organizing committee, David Blair, Mary Creighton, Serge Dubreuil, Martin Gelfand, Claire Kruyt, Carole Labelle Molson, Laurent Morisset, Caroline Savic and Frances Tobin, have accepted to take up the challenge to raise $250,000 for educational and protection programs for Mount Royal.
All friends of the mountain are equally invited to join this challenge by participating in the 2010 Tuques Bleues Celebration with colleagues and friends! But hurry – places are limited! You may purchase your tickets as of now via Les amis’ secure website, available for $200 per person. You may also recruit a team of participants by buying 10, 20 or 30 tickets – the choice is yours! The team registration form is available on Les amis’ website or may be requested by calling 514 843-8240, ext. 239.
The Tuques Bleues Celebration gathers close to 800 people from the Montreal business community for an evening of good cheer that features a snowshoe ascent under moonlight followed by a gastronomic dinner.
Les amis de la montagne take this opportunity to thank their partners of this unforgettable evening: principal partner, Gold level: Manulife Financial; Silver level: Atmosphere, Club Atwater and Mansfield Athletic Club; with the support of: Tubbs Snowshoes and Atlas Snowshoes. Les amis also thank their partners of products and services: 2e régiment de l’artillerie du Canada, Barefoot Wine, Brasserie McAuslan, Hewitt, Le Château, Domaine Pinnacle, Festival Montréal en lumière, Java U, CHOM 97,7 FM, CJAD 800 AM, Virgin Radio 96, La Presse, The Gazette and Ville de Montréal.

Tribute to two great friends of the mountain
Les amis de la montagne learned with great sadness of the death of Mrs. Edith Jacobson Low-Beer (1916-2009) on October 28 and the death of Mrs. Jeannine Guillevin-Wood (1929-2009) on December 9 last.
Mrs. Low-Beer provided support to Les amis de la montagne for over 20 years and was part of a unique generation of Quebec women, who by their social commitment and devotion paved the way for current and future generations. Mrs. Low-Beer, recipient of the prestigious Prix du Mont-Royal in 2007, was an exceptional woman who elicited the admiration of our society.
Mrs. Guillevin-Wood supported the mission of Les amis de la montagne for many years as a member of the Mount Royal Circle, a circle of great philanthropists whose generosity allowed Les amis de la montagne to create and maintain environmental education programs and activities on Mount Royal.
Les amis de la montagne remember very fondly these two remarkable friends of Mount Royal, whose loyalty and commitment inspired us all. It was an honour to have counted Mrs. Low-Beer and Mrs. Guillevin-Wood as Governors of the organization.

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