Welcome to Les amis' newsletter - March 2009

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Photo: Tzara Maud





The next public forum will be held Wednesday, March 4, 2009 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Smith House.

“Projects to redevelop the area surrounding Smith House and Remembrance Road”

Les amis de la montagne invite you to join the discussion on the projects to redevelop the area surrounding Smith House and the establishment of an ecological corridor the length of Remembrance Road, two projects currently being planned by the Ville de Montréal. Smith House has been a part of Mount Royal’s history for the last 150 years and is the central welcome and education centre in Mount Royal Park.

Guest speaker: Wendy Graham, landscape architect, Ville de Montréal

The graduating class of the Université de Montréal’s school of landscape architecture studied the two sectors in question and their work will be on display at Smith House.

For more information, contact François-Xavier Caron, public forum coordinator.


12th Tuques Bleues Celebration and Snowshoe Event: 800 participants contribute to Les amis de la montagne’s mission to conserve and enhance Mount Royal

The 12th Tuques Bleues Celebration and Snowshoe Event was launched by ceremonial canon fire on Mount Royal on February 19, an exceptional wintertime fundraising event benefitting Les amis de la montagne.

This magical night time sporting activity in the heart of the city was inspired by the snowshoe clubs of the 1840s that would gather at dusk to ascend Mount Royal in a spirit of good cheer and camaraderie. Close to 100 snowshoe racers competed for the gold, silver and bronze medals in both the women’s and men’s categories, while numerous teams from companies and organizations contended for the Corporate Challenge Cup, the Sports Club Cup and the Tuques Bleues Trophy. More than 700 snowshoe walkers revelled in the beauty of the freshly-fallen snow at a more leisurely pace.

The honourary co-chairs of the event, Isabelle Hudon, President of Marketel and Michel Leblanc, President and CEO of the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal, awarded medals to the race winners during the festivities inside the Chalet. Medals went to: Women: Gold – Stéphanie Simpson, Club sportif MAA (14:14), Silver – Aviva Lavallée-Roberts, Club sportif MAA (14:34), Bronze – Geneviève Masson, Groupe Financier Banque TD, (14:40); Men: Gold – Charles Perreault, Mansfield Club Athlétique (10:42), Silver— Joel St-Louis, Club sportif MAA (11:33), Bronze – Philippe Bertrand, Mansfield Club Athlétique (12:04). The Corporate Challenge Cup was awarded to MacDougall, MacDougall & MacTier, the Sports Club Cup to Club sportif MAA, who won by one tenth of a second over the Mansfield Club Athlétique and the Tuques Bleues Trophy to Manulife Financial.

Les amis wish to warmly thank our three hosts, Rob Kemp and Pete Marier from CHOM 97.7, and Jean-Yves Bourdages, as well as Helen Fotopulos, Mayor of the Plateau-Mont-Royal Borough, member of the Executive Committee of the Ville de Montréal responsible for Mount Royal, who provided words of encouragement to the snowshoers at the departure line. 

The Amis team also wishes to thank the many volunteers who joined us this year to help with the organization and logisitics of the event. Special thanks to Circé Labelle of CGI who single-handedly recruited 35 volunteers from her company for the occasion. 

Funds raised from the Tuques Bleues Celebration are invested by Les amis de la montagne in educational programs, protection activities for Mount Royal, hands-on projects such as tree-plantings, and the creation of private-public partnerships in support of the revitalization of sectors of Mount Royal Park.

Major sponsors of the evening included Gaz Métro, Manulife Financial, Atmosphere, Tubbs Snowshoes and Atlas Snowshoes. We also thank our sponsors of products and services, Brasserie McAuslan, Domaine Pinnacle, Hewitt, Java U and Le Château, our media partners CHOM 97.7, CJAD 800 AM, Virgin Radio 96, La Presse and The Gazette, and the Ville de Montréal.



Photos: Andrew Dobrowolskyj

Note from the webmaster: the Tuques Bleues Celebration photo gallery will be online soon – our apologies for the delay!


Three sectors of the mountain undergo change
In the last several months, Les amis de la montagne invited interested citizens and partner associations (Héritage Montréal, Conseil régional de l’environnement de Montréal, Écomusée de l’Au-Delà) to participate in workshops on the topic of three key sectors of Mount Royal undergoing radical transformation: the southern flank of Mount Royal, the Outremont summit and the Parc-Pins sector.
For each of these areas, concrete redevelop proposals have emerged, inspired by the draft Mount Royal Protection and Enhancement Plan. Maps of each sector have been produced, including explanatory texts and graphics, in order to raise the awareness of those who are concerned with the quality of these respective areas of Montreal.
We invite you to consult these documents (available in French), to forward your comments and suggestions to us and to remain vigilant as to further developments in these areas of concern.
Map 1 – Southern flank of the mountain including the historic domain of the Sulpicians
Map 2 – Outremont summit
Map 3 – Parc-Pins sector


“Mount Royal, A Territory to Discover” as part of the Montreal All-Nighter 
On Saturday, February 28, join Les amis de la montagne for a virtual treasure hunt to explore and discover the many facets of the Mount Royal territory as part of the Montreal All-Nighter.
Discover the hidden treasures of the mountain’s historic and natural heritage via the projection of an interactive map in the warmth of the Redpath Museum, located on the McGill University campus: slideshows, videos, discovery files and true-false questionnaires will be featured.
For hardier explorers, we invite you to visit the area guided by downloadable podcasts along a variety of themes: “Mission Geology”, “In the footsteps of photographer William Notman”, “McGill University Campus” and “Historic Streets”. Multimedia players will be available on loan (quantity limited, identity card required.)


Smith House, 150 years of history

Les amis de la montagne are proud to present an exhibit of the history of Smith House and its occupants to highlight the 150th year since its construction (1858-2008). Step back in time and discover Montreal and Mount Royal when it was the site of farms and horses, the host of the Internal Sculpture Symposium and the venue for a hunting and nature museum.



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