Welcome to Les amis' newsletter - March 2010
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CALENDAR OF ACTIVITIES
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The 13th Tuques Bleues Celebration and Snowshoe Event was once again launched by ceremonial canon fire on Mount Royal on February 18. More than 600 mountain enthusiasts enjoyed the magical ambiance of the mountain at night to celebrate the success of the event that raised close to $225,000 for education and conservation activities for Mount Royal.
Photos above and in the photo gallery : © Andrew Dobrowolskyj and Karine Gagné
On Saturday, February 27, begin your Nuit blanche à Montréal high atop Mount Royal with Les amis de la montagne before plunging down to 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)!
- DATE: Saturday, February 27, 2010
- Snowshoe departures: 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. Bring your snowshoes or rental service available, $7 per person.
- Cross-country ski departure: 10 p.m. Bring your skis. No rental service available.
- PLACE: Meeting at Smith House, 1260 Remembrance Road, Mount Royal Park (11 bus, “chemin du chalet” stop)
- RSVP: The activity is free of charge. Reservations required by calling 514 843-8240, ext. 0.
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.
- DATE: Saturday and Sunday, February 27 and 28, 2010
- TIME: 2:00 p.m.
- PLACE: Meeting at the Kondiaronk Lookout near the Chalet du Mont-Royal
- INFO: 514 523-1627
As long as there’s snow on the ground and a chill in the air, Montrealer’s will be able to enjoy the following all-time favourite activities on the mountain during the first two weeks of March:
- inner-tubing on the hill near Beaver Lake (to March 14) with tobogganing nearby
- skating on the artificial rink (to March 7)
- kick-sledding along Olmsted Road (to March 14)
- cross-country skiing along 22km of groomed trails (to March 7)
- snowshoeing by the light of the city guided walks on Saturday evenings (to March 13)
- “The Birds of Mount Royal, for all ages” bird-watching activity on Saturdays from 1-3 p.m. (to March 13)
Click here for hours of operation
. For information on conditions, visit Les amis de la montagne’s rental counter located on the ground floor of the Beaver Lake pavilion or call our friendly information service at 514 843-8240, ext. 0.
Les amis de la montagne, in collaboration with the Ville de Montréal, are pleased to offer their summer day camp for a second year. Children aged 6 to 9 years old will once again have the opportunity to discover the treasures of Mount 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 28 to August 13, for a duration of one or two weeks, consecutive or not.
Join us for our day camp open house and registration:
- Saturday, March 27, 2010
- 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Smith House
- Info: 514 843-8240, ext. 235
Photo: Amélie Goulet
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In order to provide an enriching summer day camp experience on Mount Royal to 35 disadvantaged children aged 6 to 9 from the Côte-des-Neiges Borough, Les amis de la montagne are launching a sponsorship program in partnership with the Centre Communautaire de la Côte-des-Neiges. For a donation of $200, one child will be given the opportunity to participate in a one-week summer camp program with Les amis.
With roots in the Côte-des-Neiges neighbourhood for close to 30 years, the Centre Communautaire de la Côte-des-Neiges has developed strong partnerships with 6 local elementary schools as part of a project aimed at helping children in difficulty achieve success in school and in life through leisure activities. The identities of the children selected for this summer day camp sponsorship program will remain confidential.
The Côte-des-Neiges Borough has a population of 100,000 individuals, 17% of whom are children aged 0 to 14 years. 41% are from low-income households and 53% were born outside of Canada.
To make a donation
Individuals or companies wishing to participate in the sponsorship program may send their donations by mail made payable to “Les amis de la montagne”, at 1260 Chemin Remembrance, Montreal, Quebec, H3H 1A2, by specifying “for the summer day camp 2010 program”. Donations by credit card may be made by calling 514 843-8240, ext. 243. Amounts raised but not used this summer may be carried forward to next summer. A report on the summer day camp and sponsorship program will be published in a fall issue of Les amis’ electronic newsletter.