Welcome to Les amis' newsletter - September 2010

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Mount Royal began to feel like a tropical forest with this summer’s unrelenting heat and humidity! Nonetheless, the level of activity was maintained and Les amis de la montagne completed another successful season of programs and accomplishments, including:


Les amis’ summer day camp

152 children enjoyed a “mountain of fun” on Mount Royal between June 28 and August 13! For a second year, Les amis’ summer day camp provided a variety of fun and educational activities to children aged 6 to 9 years old in the heart of the city’s natural environment. From treasure hunts, games, rallies, visits to the Redpath and McCord museums and expeditions, the campers took great pleasure in discovering the mountain through the natural sciences and history of the site.

Les amis thank the parents of the children for their confidence, as well as the generous donors who contributed to the camper sponsorship program, organized in association with the Centre communautaire de la Côte-des-Neiges. A special thank-you to Raymond Bachand, MP for Outremont, Minister of Finance and Minister responsible for the Montreal region, for a contribution providing 27 children from less advantaged homes with a one-week summer camp experience. Les amis’ summer day camp is organized in partnership with the Ville de Montréal.




3rd edition of the program to restore and promote urban biodiversity

For a third consecutive year, Les amis de la montagne collaborated in the program to restore and promote urban biodiversity, implemented by the Ville de Montréal. 30 young people were hired to help eradicate common buckthorn, an exotic invasive species that has taken hold on the island of Montreal. The program encompassed three areas of intervention, including the eco-territories of the summits and flanks of Mount Royal.

On the northern flank of Mount Royal, in the wooded areas of the institutional properties of the Université de Montréal, the Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf and the Oratoire Saint-Joseph du Mont-Royal, 10 high school graduates from Montreal’s cultural communities cut down 148,000 stems of common buckthorn and then planted 407 indigenous trees in the woods of the Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf.

This program was made possible through financial contributions from the Fondation Hydro-Québec pour l'environnement ; the Ministère de l'Immigration et des Communautés culturelles through the Programme Valorisation Jeunesse – Place à la relève ; the Ville de Montréal and the Ministère de la Culture, des Communications et de la Condition féminine for the Mount Royal sector as part of the Entente sur le développement culturel de Montréal ; and the Fondation de la famille Claudine et Stephen Bronfman/Programme C-Vert.


Save the date! Les amis de la montagne’s next public forum will be held Wednesday, September 22 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Smith House. A detailed invitation will follow shortly. For more information, please contact François-Xavier Caron, coordinator of the public forum, at 514 843-8240, ext. 241.


School programs for elementary and secondary students on Mount Royal 2010-2011

Les amis de la montagne open the doors to a 30th season of their “schools without walls in the heart of nature” program! Calling all teachers and educators: book your group outings today for this coming fall and winter season!

Whether your goal is to complement classroom content through hands-on fieldwork or simply to enjoy winter recreational activities in the heart of the city, Mount Royal is the destination of choice for the discovery of a unique natural environment: landscapes, fauna, flora and geology. Les amis de la montagne provide environmental education programs to school groups of all levels and may be adapted to specific pedagogical objectives.

Click on the image to consult the 2010-2011 school program guide.

For more information or to make a reservation, call 514 843-8240, ext. 235.





Travelling animation, “From the cicada to the fox, the animals of Mount Royal” – until September 26

During your next walk on the mountain, visit the new interpretation kiosk on Mount Royal’s biodiversity. Take a moment to chat with Les amis’ environmental educators about the mountain’s conservation challenges. Complete with colourful design and eye-catching content, the kiosk invites park visitors of all ages to enter, if only for a moment, the fascinating world of animals and their habitats on Mount Royal, in the midst of the city. The new kiosk was produced with the financial support of Gaz Métro and Groupe Yellow inc.

Environmental Stewardship Program on Mount Royal continues

Les amis de la montagne invite members of the community to help maintain the mountain’s biodiversity through concrete activities, while developing a better understanding of conservation issues.

Interested volunteers may join Les amis’ educators-patrollers to plant indigenous species and to control the spread of exotic invasive species on Mount Royal, in order to consolidate the ecological corridor that links the forest of Mount Royal Park to the forest of Westmount’s Summit Park.




Conservation Patrol – until October 16

Until October 16, Les amis’ Conservation Patrol will continue to conduct awareness-raising activities with park visitors to encourage the sustainable use of the site. Educators patrol the paths of the park in order to discuss and explain the conservation challenges related to feeding the mountain’s wildlife, keeping dogs on their leashes, off-trail walking or cycling and bicycle speed limits on Olmsted Road.

The Corvée du Mont-Royal mountain clean-up is featured in an Official Selection of the 2010 World Film Festival

Filmed over the course of four seasons, “Montréal, 31 fragments d’urbanité” by producer-director Jean Tessier, gathers a variety of life fragments to paint a remarkable and vivid picture of the city of Montreal. Through 31 short chronicles of daily life, the film pays tribute to the citizens who contribute either individually or collectively to the quality of life of Montreal, in both environmental and cultural domains.

In one section of the film, the director follows volunteers and organizers of Les amis’ springtime Corvée du Mont-Royal, chronicling clean-up and tree-planting activities. The film is a warm testimonial to citizens’ awareness of and commitment to the conservation of the environment. For more information, visit http://www.filmovie.ca.


Exhibit at Café Smith of the winning photos of the “La montagne en images” contest

Les amis de la montagne will exhibit the winning photos of the “La montagne en images” contest as of September 17 in the Café Smith, open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and until January 2011. A photo gallery will also be published on Les amis’ website.

Entries are still being accepted until September 12 at 5 p.m., so hurry! Click here to download the contest rules and entry form (in French).

The exhibit will feature winning photos from five categories: Nature and Biodiversity; Architecture; Art and the Mountain; People and the Mountain; and Light. The contest prize ceremony and vernissage will be held at the Café Smith on Friday, September 17 from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. All are welcome!

“Montagne et Métamorphoses” photo exhibit – from September 17 to 19 and September 24 to 26

A photo exhibit of Mount Royal by two photographers/landscape architects, Danièle Routaboule and Jean Landry, in collaboration with Les amis de la montagne.

Danièle Routaboule presents “Métamorphoses”, a series of photographs and digital montages that depict the ephemeral quality of scenes observed along the embankments of lakes, particularly those of Beaver Lake. She demonstrates her attraction to nature and introduces the theme of movement as witness to her interest in the fleetingness of natural scenes.

Jean Landry presents “Montagne”, a photo-essay that attempts to capture strong moments in time through images often considered commonplace. An essay, therefore, without pretention that represents the timeless essence of otherwise familiar places.

“Holy Mountain!”: launch of the web-based documentary on Mount Royal

“Holy Mountain!” is an interactive documentary about Mount Royal directed by Hélène de Billy and Gilbert Duclos, produced by the National Film Board of Canada. The production team invites all mountain admirers to participate in the project by calling 1-877-55-SOUVENIR to leave a spoken memory or anecdote about the mountain on their answering machine. The messages will be integrated in the soundtrack of the website.

Everyone’s invited: the launch of “Holy Mountain!” will be held at the Chalet du Mont-Royal on Tuesday, September 21 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. On this occasion, participants will be able to rediscover their beloved mountain in a new light. Please RSVP by emailing Émilie Nguyen Ngoc.

Land Art on Mount Royal – September 25

As part of the Journées de la culture, Samuel Montigné, artist and environmental educator with Les amis de la montagne, will lead walks to rediscover the mountain and its many riches and to create personal works of art inspired by nature. Art materials supplied. Also included: free admission to the photo exhibits at Smith House.

Three Summits guided walking tour

This 12 km guided walk crosses all of Mount Royal and invites participants to discover its geography, observe the diversity of its natural and cultural elements and understand the related conservation issues. An exceptional outing that looks at the range of the neighbourhoods, the wealth of heritage assets and, especially, the beauty of the landscapes! Provided in French.


The Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal will be held on Mount Royal on Sunday, September 12 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Access to the mountain will be limited on both Saturday, September 11 and Sunday, September 12. The start and finish of the race will be on Avenue du Parc, in front of the Sir-George-Étienne-Cartier monument.

Click here for more information on the race course, street closures, parking restrictions, modifications to bus schedules and Tam-tam jam access information.

The majority of the road work by the Ville de Montréal to reconfigure Remembrance Road will be completed by September 10 in time for the Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal on Mount Royal (September 12). Access will be maintained at all times during this roadwork.

The work consists of closing the two lanes located on the south side of Remembrance Road. The latter will become dedicated lanes for pedestrians, cyclists and emergency vehicles. The lanes on the north side will become bidirectional (one lane in each direction). The work also consists of adding portions of sidewalks, redoing the pavement and installing improved signage.

The Ville de Montréal is conducting this roadwork with respect for the natural and heritage character of the mountain, as part of the Plan de transport intégré du Mont-Royal planned as part of the Plan de transport de Montréal. The objective is to make Mount Royal a place of relaxation, leisure and interpretation, and more accessible, safe and welcoming, particularly for pedestrians and cyclists.

For more information, citizens may call the city’s “Info-Travaux” telephone line at 514 872-3777 or visit http://ville.montreal.qc.ca/chantiers.

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