Results of the 21st Corvée du Mont-Royal clean-up, 2012 edition

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Corvée du Mont-Royal clean-up, Sunday, May 6
Under the theme “Is cohabitation with wildlife in the city possible?”

Photos : Andrew Dobrowolskyj


Montreal, May 6, 2012 – More than 700 Montrealers participated in the Corvée du Mont-Royal clean-up today, under the radiant sunshine of a glorious spring day!

This 21st clean-up was again organized by Les amis de la montagne, in collaboration with the Ville de Montréal and other partners, including the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation.

L to R: Alan DeSousa, vice-chairman of the Executive Committee of the Ville de Montréal, responsible for sustainable development, the environment and parks; Amélie Picher, regional director, TD Friends of the Environment Foundation; and Sylvie Guilbault, Executive Director, Les amis de la montagne

The tremendous turn-out by the community allowed for the success of a variety of conservation activities in Mount Royal Park, as well as three sites on the mountain outside the park, with the following results:





The afternoon was dedicated to activities under the theme of human and wildlife cohabitation in an urban environment. Information stands by a variety of environmental groups on display at the Chalet, including Services environnementaux faucon, Faucon-éduc, Le Nichoir, representatives from the entomology lab of the Institut de recherche en biologie végétale de l’Université de Montréal, the Ministère des Ressources naturelles et de la Faune and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

Les amis de la montagne provided animation at their kiosk on the animals of Mount Royal, where participants of all ages were able to learn more about the mountain’s fauna through interactive games and tactile displays.

Participants enjoyed a slice of delicious cake decorated along a wildlife theme prepared specially by students of the École Hôtelière de Centre Calixa-Lavallée and served by the Rouge 107,3 FM and CJAD 800 AM Street Teams.

Finally, Le Dixieband provided a toe-tapping musical performance to visitors on the lookout, adding to the event’s festive ambiance.
About the Corvée du Mont-Royal clean-up

The Corvée du Mont-Royal clean-up, which kicks off the “May 2012: Mount Royal Month” calendar of events, is an initiative of Les amis de la montagne created to provide Montrealers of all ages the occasion to re(discover) their mountain. Les amis de la montagne thank the Ville de Montréal for its important technical and logistical support in the coordination of activities, as well as the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation as principal partner of the month.

The activities are also made possible thanks to the participation of Silver partner, 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.



The complete calendar of activities is available on the following websites:, and Unless otherwise mentioned, 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.


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.

Art and music

“La montagne en images” photo contest – 2012 edition
Deadline, September 22, 2012. Presented by the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation and organized by Les amis de la montagne. 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)

Activities of the great mountain institutions and partners on Mount Royal

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.


Gabrielle Korn
Director of Communications
Les amis de la montagne
514 843-8240, ext. 237


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