Welcome to Les amis' newsletter - February 2011

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Photos : Andrew Dobrowolskyj





Only several tickets left!

The 14th edition of the Tuques Bleues Celebration and Snowshoe Event will be held Thursday, February 17 at 5:45 p.m. at Smith House in Mount Royal Park.

The goal of Les amis de la montagne’s signature benefit event, a most magical and emblematic evening, is to raise $250,000 for education and protection programs on Mount Royal.

The Tuques Bleues Celebration evokes the famous torch-lit snowshoe climbs of Montreal’s sporting clubs held in the 19th Century. More than 700 Montrealers will gather for a breathtaking tramp through the mountain forest by moonlight and a gastronomic buffet in the spirit of good cheer. There are lots of surprises organized for this evening: animation and hot cocoa at the departure line, a VJ and a DJ at the Chalet and a new menu.

Les amis de la montagne are thrilled to welcome Astral team members Mark Shalhoub, sports broadcaster with CJAD 800 AM, and Tobie Bureau-Huot, broadcaster-DJ with NRJ Week-End and NRJ Sur Demande, as this year’s Masters of Ceremonies. Click on the link to listen to the 30-second publicity clip prepared by CJAD and on this link, to hear a recent interview by Dave Fisher featuring Gabrielle Korn of Les amis.

Only several tickets are left to be purchased at the cost of $200 per person. Please contact Geneviève Catta at 514 843-8240, ext. 239. If you have already registered your corporate team, please remember to provide us with the names of your team members no later than noon February 16th.


Mark Shalhoub (left), Tobie Bureau-Huot (right)


Protecting the views to Mount Royal – the case of the Redpath Mansion project

The prickly issue of protecting the views of Mount Royal has resurfaced with recent news of the construction project on the site of the Redpath Mansion on Avenue du Musée. Together with the St. Lawrence River, Mount Royal is a defining emblem of Montreal and the maintenance of the visual relationship between the two landmarks is of vital importance.

The protection of the views of Mount Royal, as prescribed in the Mount Royal Protection and Enhancement Plan and the Urban Plan of the Ville de Montréal, make allowances for the conservation of this dialogue between the mountain and the river. Furthermore, over the past several decades, numerous efforts have been made to protect the views towards the mountain and to curb the height of property developments that risk blocking these views.

The importance of the enhancement of visual perspectives on the mountain was underlined as early as 1960 during the construction of Place Ville-Marie and again in 1984, with the Cadillac-Fairview project. This project consisted of the construction of a commercial centre on the corner of Avenue McGill-College and Rue Ste-Catherine, and created such controversy within the community that the city undertook a public consultation. The result of the consultation was a clear desire to protect and enhance the views to the mountain, particularly towards the southern flank, a new imperative in the city’s urban plan. The Cadillac-Fairview project was eventually abandoned, but led to the creation of the city’s urban plan adopted in 1992, as well as the adoption of special measures taken to ensure that views towards the southern flank of Mount Royal remain clear by way, for example, of limiting the height and density of construction north of Rue Sherbrooke.

Source: Ville de Montréal

The enhancement of visual perspectives towards the mountain are not a given; the case of the residential construction project slated for the Redpath Mansion illustrates that work remains to be done in this regard. Comprehensive studies have been carried out over the last several years by the Table de concertation du Mont-Royal to identify the views that require protection (see the "annexes" related to views in the Document complémentaire du Plan d'urbanisme section). We must now find the means to ensure that these "visual cones" are maintained within urban development planning. The upcoming revision of the city’s urban plan presents the perfect occasion.



The guided snowshoe walk, “By the lights of the city”, winds through Mount Royal’s forest offering spectacular views of downtown Montreal at night. A hot chocolate break is offered mid-way along the trail, allowing snowshoers the time to immerse themselves in this magical atmosphere in the heart of the city.

This guided walk is offered every Saturday evening until March 12, 2011, at a cost of $15 per person (12 years and over, including animation, snowshoes and hot chocolate).

For a romantic outing with your sweetheart, a special Valentine’s Day theme will be featured this Saturday, February 12, 2011, at a cost of $22 per person, including animation, snowshoes, mulled wine and a chocolate. Meeting time is 6 p.m. at Smith House. Reservations are required; please call 514 843-8240, ext. 0.

Photo : Samuel Montigné 

Join Les amis de la montagne for a dynamic and fun family outing that combines a guided walk on snowshoes through the mountain forest, followed by inner-tubing.

This family package is being offered every Saturday afternoon until March 5, 2011, and daily during Spring Break, from February 28 to March 4, 2011. Departure is from Smith House at 1:30 p.m. and the activity is for children 8 years and older.

To reserve your outing or for more details, click here.

For a more “Zen-like” family outing, join a member of Les amis’ conservation patrol for a guided walk of our bird-feeders to discover the mountain’s winter bird species. This activity is being offered every Saturday until March 12, 2011, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. No reservations are required. Simply arrive at Smith House no later than 1 p.m.

During your outings on Mount Royal this winter, don’t forget to bring your camera! Capture the beauty of the mountain’s natural environment and the activities practiced on its snow-covered peaks in anticipation of the official launch in May of the 2nd annual photo contest “La montagne en images”. The featured themes include: trees and forests; light; works of art and buildings; activities and pastimes; and fauna.

Until the launch of the contest, join Les amis de la montagne’s group on Flickr and add your favourite photos to the pool.



Do you know a remarkable volunteer? Participate in the “Gens de cœur” contest!

More than two million volunteers in Quebec work behind the scenes to change the world. Their contributions have enormous impact. Les amis de la montagne are pleased to support a contest initiated by Radio-Canada Télévision and Manulife Financial called “Gens de cœur” that underlines the inestimable contribution provided by our volunteers.

Members of the community are invited to submit the candidacy of people in their circle who, by their volunteer contributions, make our world a better place to live. Winners of the contest will share $30,000 in donations that will be contributed to the charity of their choice, provided by Manulife Financial.

Contest details are available in French on the website of Radio-Canada Télévision.

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