Welcome to Les amis' newsletter - February 2010

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Photo: Samuel Montigné, 2010



Les amis de la montagne’s next public forum will be held Wednesday, February 10 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Smith House.

Remarkable Trees of Mount Royal
The remarkable trees of Mount Royal constitute real monuments in the midst of the mountain’s vegetation communities, yet remain still largely unknown to the public. Whether of impressive stature or venerable age, whether they structure the landscape or stand as silent witnesses to historic events, these exceptional trees are the product of a rich arboreal heritage that requires specific protection measures; on the condition, however, that these trees, as remarkable as they are, do not obstruct the forest …

Which are the mountain’s foremost remarkable trees? What criteria were used to determine this particular status? And how do we ensure the protection of these trees for our future generations?

You are invited to discover and to discuss these living monuments with Kim Marineau, consultant in biology and botany, author of a study on Mount Royal’s vegetation communities and an inventory of these remarkable trees, the findings of which are being made public for the first time at Les amis’ forum.

For more information, please contact François-Xavier Caron, coordinator of the public forum, at 514 843-8240, ext. 241.


Les amis de la montagne launch a photo contest titled “La montagne en images”

To showcase the rich and varied heritage of Mount Royal through photography, Les amis de la montagne announce the launch of their photo contest titled, “La montagne en images” open to all admirers of Mount Royal.

Les amis de la montagne invite members of the community to submit their favourite photos of the mountain along five themes: Nature and Biodiversity; Architecture; Art and the Mountain; People and the Mountain; and Light.

First, as part of the International Year of Biodiversity, photos illustrating the Nature and Biodiversity theme received by April 9th will be eligible to appear in an exhibit to be held in May 2010 in the Smith House Café located in Mount Royal Park.

Finally, as part of a second exhibit to be held at Smith House in September 2010, Les amis de la montagne will present the photographs of the contest winners.

Les amis de la montagne will award one grand prize for the overall contest and three prizes per theme. A photo gallery will also be on published on Les amis’ website.

Participants are asked to complete and sign the registration form for each photograph submitted as part of the contest, and mail or hand deliver their photographs, both print versions and electronic versions on CD, to Smith House. The photographs will be judged for their artistic qualities and techniques, subject originality and compliance to the themes. The winning photographs will be selected by a jury composed of members of the Amis de la montagne team and one professional photographer. The contest closes on August 25, 2010.

For contest details and the registration form, please click here.


Likewise, Les amis de la montagne invite the community to participate in its new Flickr group. Flickr is an online tool that allows photo sharing among members. Whether or not you have a Flickr account, you may visit our group site to view our photo album. If you have an account, open a session and join our group in order to upload your own photos of Mount Royal.  


Come snowshoe by starlight with your sweetie on February 13th!

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.

Photo: Samuel Montigné, 2010 

Join the Mount Royal descent as part of the Nuit blanche à Montréal on February 27th

On Saturday, February 27, begin your Nuit blanche high atop Mount Royal with Les amis de la montagne before plunging into the city below!

Guided by our educators, join us for the descent of Mount Royal by snowshoes or cross-country skis. The different trails, specially designed for this Nuit blanche à Montréal activity, wind through the Mount Royal forest and feature magnificent points of view of the city, beginning from Smith House in the heart of Mount Royal Park, all the way to Jeanne-Mance Park.

The descent lasts about 1 hour and 15 minutes. Nuit blanche activities continue in the Plateau-Mont-Royal, beginning with a warm welcome and hot beverage at Café Santropol (3990 Saint-Urbain)!


20 dancers on top of Mount Royal

Photo: Jean-Michel Villanove (October 2008)

Les amis de la montagne are proud to provide logistical and promotional support to the dance production titled “Le retour du temps”, a choreographic journey by Lucie Grégoire created in situ on Mount Royal with 20 young Montréal dancers on February 27 and 28, 2010, at 2:00 p.m. Access is free and the audience can follow the performance by joining in the dancers’ journey from the Kondiaronk Lookout in front of the Chalet to Beaver Lake.

“Le retour du temps” is a three-part work that was conceived to be performed at the same outdoor location in different seasons. After the first two segments were presented in summer (June 2007) and autumn (October 2008), the cycle will end in winter with this February’s performances in the setting of Mount Royal Park, one of Montreal’s treasures.

The group of 20 dancers will consist of recent graduates of the three main contemporary dance schools in Montreal and one of the goals of Lucie Grégoire’s creation work is to foster professional integration among artists who are launching their careers.

Since she began her choreographic research in 1981, Lucie Grégoire has conducted passionate in situ choreographic experiments with the aim of bringing dance to wider audiences. The inspiration Lucie draws from nature finds a particular resonance in these outdoor performances.



Take up the challenge of the 13th Tuques Bleues Celebration and Snowshoe Event on February 18th

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.

This event is the most important fundraiser for Les amis de la montagne, an organization dedicated to the protection and enhancement of Mount Royal through community involvement and environmental education. The objective of the event is to raise $250,000 or almost one-third of the annual campaign goal. Revenues are invested in educational programs and protection initiatives 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 on February 18th! 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.



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