Tuques Bleues photos and other news from Les amis - March 2011

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Photos: Andrew Dobrowolskyj (top), Karine Gagné (bottom)






Photo gallery of the 14th Tuques Bleues Celebration

On February 17th last, nearly 700 mountain devotees celebrated the success of the 14th Tuques Bleues Celebration in style, a benefit event that helped raise $250,000 for education and conservation programs on Mont Royal. Les amis de la montagne thank the many sponsors, partners, participants and volunteers for their contributions in making this evening such a remarkable success.

The 15th edition of the Tuques Bleues Celebration will be held February 16th, 2012, an anniversary event not to be missed!

Until then, we invite you to discover or relive the highlights of the event by viewing the exquisite photo gallery of the evening.

Photos: © Les amis de la montagne / Andrew Dobrowolskyj / Karine Gagné, 2011



Photo: Samuel Montigné

Spring Break on Mont Royal from February 28 to March 5, 2011

Winter sport diehards, worry not: Mont Royal is still a winter wonderland! And for the week of Spring Break, Les amis de la montagne are offering a variety of family-fun things to do:

Click here for more details …  


Third Annual Urban Maple Grove event

As part of International Year of Forests, Les amis de la montagne are pleased to participate in the 3rd annual Urban Maple Grove event organized by the Société de développement environnemental de Rosemont (SODER) this Saturday, March 5 at Parc Molson, located at Rue Beaubien and Rue d’Iberville in the Rosemont-Petite-Patrie borough, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

On this occasion, the Maple Grove event will feature the tapping of eight Maple trees and visitors will be able to enjoy a maple-taffy tasting. To celebrate this traditional custom, educational activities will also be featured, together with folk animation, heritage activities and free tastings that the whole family can enjoy. Come and visit Les amis’ interpretation kiosk and visit with one of our educators to learn more about the Maples of Mont Royal.


Urban agriculture on Mont Royal: the mountain-based universities are “sprouting” with original projects


When first built in 1858, Maison Smith was located in the centre of a vast agricultural domain. Today, Montrealers are taking a new interest in urban agriculture which has lead to the creation of original projects across the city. Join this presentation by student groups from McGill University and the Université de Montréal to discover two unique projects that may rouse the urban farmer in you!

Part One: 5:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.
Take a piece of nature home with you!
Interested in gardening? Never thought you had the space? Students from the McGill University nursing program are pleased to present a workshop to teach you the benefits of urban gardening and how to build your own urban garden on a rooftop, a balcony and inside your home.

Part Two: 6:45 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Exploring urban agriculture: the UdeM PAUSE project
Come and learn more about this initiative in ecological and sustainable urban agriculture, led by students in multidisciplinary studies at the Université de Montréal: container production, beekeeping, mycoculture (mushroom production), composting, research and education about urban gardening.



Cross-country ski sale to benefit Les amis de la montagne

Les amis de la montagne are organizing a sale of their Rossignol cross-country skis (and boots and poles) in order to renew their rental equipment. Don’t miss out!


Registration for Les amis' summer day camp on Mont Royal: a mountain of fun and discoveries

Photo: Éric Cimon

Les amis de la montagne, in collaboration with the Ville de Montréal, are pleased to offer their summer day camp for a third year. Children aged 6 to 9 years old will once again have the opportunity to discover the treasures of Mont Royal in a natural environment in the heart of Montreal.

Supervised by an experienced and passionate team of environmental educators, Les amis’ summer day camp will be offered from June 27 to August 12, for a choice of one or two weeks duration, consecutive or not.

Two themes are being offered this summer, the new "Les aventuriers du temps" that proposes the discovery of Montreal’s history through encounters and adventures in the forest and the popular, “Les Renards Futés” (the wily foxes), an initiation to nature, fauna and flora. Animation is provided in French with bilingual educators. Click here for the camp brochure (in French).

Each morning, campers will gather at Smith House, Mount Royal Park’s central meeting place, to play under the centuries-old Oak trees; to walk through the forest and discover a diversity of flora; to explore the area with a magnifying glass or binoculars in search of animals; to create original projects in a stimulating group environment; and most of all, to experience nature first-hand in the centre of the city.

Registration is open as of today. Click here for a registration form in PDF format and here for a form in Excel format (both available in French). For more information, please call us at 514 843-8240, ext. 235 or send us an email.



“J’aime le mont Royal” on Facebook

Les amis de la montagne have created a new Facebook fanpage called “J'aime le mont Royal | Les amis de la montagne” that keeps you up-to-date on the variety of activities taking place on the mountain and the general goings-on of this emblematic site.


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