May is Mount Royal Month!

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An 8th edition, well-rooted in Montreal’s springtime calendar

Montreal, May 1st, 2012 — May is Mount Royal Month! For an 8th consecutive year, the Ville de Montréal and Les amis de la montagne invite Montrealers to take part in a variety of activities to explore the mountain and take part in its conservation.

“Since the adoption of the Mount Royal Protection and Enhancement Plan, the Ville de Montréal has multiplied the number of projects on the mountain that preserve and enhance its natural and cultural heritage. For example, we recently announced an investment for the restoration of the Beaver Lake basin and surrounding area, a heritage infrastructure unique in Montreal. The ongoing construction of the mountain beltway will greatly improve access to the mountain for all citizens. Once complete, this 10km path encircling the mountain will provide new entry points along the northern flank of the mountain and access to the new Third Summit Park,” said Alan DeSousa, Vice Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Ville de Montréal and responsible for sustainable development, the environment and parks.

According to Peter A. Howlett, C.M., founding President of Les amis de la montagne, “May 2012: Mount Royal Month is an invitation to the entire community to experience nature’s springtime awakening on the mountain. May is the perfect month for guided walks, the discovery of the mountain’s history, architecture and landscapes, and bird observation. The time is also ripe for taking the paths less travelled by participating in an array of activities offered by the great institutions and partners on Mount Royal. But most significantly, Mount Royal Month is the occasion to acknowledge the importance and fragility of the mountain in our urban environment, in order to take concrete action to ensure its perpetuity and our collective quality of life.

“The activities offered as part of May 2012: Mount Royal Month provide opportunities to take an active part in the protection and enhancement of the mountain,” added Amélie Picher, Regional Director of the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation. “A warm invitation is extended to the entire community to celebrate Montreal’s natural heritage and to reflect upon the importance of its conservation.”



Rain or shine, Montrealers are invited to gather at the Chalet du Mont-Royal for the great mountain clean-up on Sunday, May 6, 2012.


Photos : © Tzara Maud


8:45 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

12 p.m. to 3 p.m.


(Unless otherwise indicated, activities are presented in French)



Guided walk: From the mountain to the river ($)
Sunday, May 13, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Guided walk: History and architecture of the Royal Victoria Hospital
Wednesday, May 23, 5:30 to 7 p.m. (cancelled in the event of heavy rain)
Partner: McGill University Health Centre

Lecture: Rue Peel: witness to the creation of the “Square Mile” in the early days of Mont-Royal Park
Thursday, May 24, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Partner: 2012 – Montréal, ville d’histoire

Lecture: The ancient landscapes of Mount Royal: an archaeological visit of the mountain
Tuesday, May 29, in French from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and in English from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.



Photo : © Jean-Guy Morisset

Lecture: The springtime arrival of birds of Mount Royal ($)
Wednesday, May 16, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Partner: Les Belles Soirées de l’Université de Montréal

Guided walk: Bird observation on Mount Royal ($)
Saturday, May 19, 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

Photography exhibit: The birds of Mount Royal “Between sky and mountain, homage to our winged beauties”
Saturday to Monday, May 19 to 21, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.



“La montagne en images” photo contest – 2012 edition
Deadline, September 22, 2012. For contest rules and registration, please visit

Exhibit of children’s drawings: The forest and its inhabitants through the changing seasons
Saturday to Monday, May 19 to 21, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sunday music on the terrace of the Café des Amis at Maison Smith
Sunday, May 20, 1 to 3 p.m. (moved to Sunday, June 3, in the event of rain)



Seven great institutions of the mountain add their programming to the calendar of May events for a fourth consecutive year: the Musée des Hospitalières de l’Hôtel-Dieu de Montréal, Saint-Joseph’s Oratory of Mount Royal, Cavalerie du SPVM, McCord Museum, Redpath Museum, Université de Montréal and McGill University.

The complete calendar of events is available on the following websites:, and



Mount Royal Month is the original idea of Les amis de la montagne, organized in partnership with the Ville de Montréal, thanks to the generosity of the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation. The activities are also made possible thanks to the support of Silver partner, the STM; Bronze partners Fontaine Santé, C4 Communications, Pratt & Whitney Canada and Résolu Produits forestiers; and Media partners Rouge 107,3 FM, CJAD 800 AM, La Presse and The Gazette.



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