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Summer Camp on Mount Royal

Come summertime, Les amis de la montagne invites 5 to 12 year olds to an unforgettable day camp in Mount Royal Park. Kids enjoy exciting outdoor activities, games and nature discoveries as they explore Montréal’s iconic mountain under the supervision of qualified educators.

Spending a week or two on Mount Royal is the perfect way for kids to unplug and reconnect with nature in one of the city’s great urban parks!

Our day camp is certified by the Association des camps du Québec.

Summer camp in Mount Royal Park is:
  • Playing under the ancient oaks on the summit
  • Walking in the forest to explore the diversity of its flora
  • Getting a closer look at the natural environment with a magnifying glass or searching for animals with binoculars
  • Travelling back through time to discover the mountain’s first inhabitants and the founders of important private and institutional properties on Mount Royal
  • Learning about natural sciences, architecture and the arts
  • Sharing stimulating experiences with friends and peers
  • Spending a week outdoors in a beautiful natural environment at the heart of the city
All day camps include guided walks, games and exploration activities in the great outdoors. Depending on the age group, camps focus on legends and exploration (5 - 6 year olds), adventure and history (7 – 8 year olds), and challenges and history (9 – 10 year olds).

Please note that camp programs are offered in French and do not include swimming or access to pool facilities.
Registration is done online on a first come, first served basis. Space is limited. Subscribe to our mailing list for news and information about Les amis de la montagne as well as future camp registration dates.

Registration for our summer day camp is not available at the moment.

If a day camp session is already fully booked, you can join a waiting list. If and when a spot becomes available, you will be advised and will have 24 hours to complete your online payment and secure your child’s place in the camp.

What does a typical day at summer camp on the mountain look like?


Once all the children have arrived, the day begins with a group assembly followed by snacks and sunscreen application. We then head off for the morning activity, which might be bird watching, a treasure hunt in the forest or another fun outdoor game. Lunchtime is a picnic and a rest period allowing children to play quiet games or nap depending on their level of energy. In the afternoon, we reapply sunscreen before starting a group game to get kids moving and playing in teams. At the end of the day, we return to Smith House for a last snack and transition towards pick-up time or daycare service. Our daycare provides a calmer and less structured time for kids to draw or play with educators.
 

Do kids spend a lot of time outdoors?


Yes! Children spend most of the day outside, even during lunchtime, rain or shine.
 

What do you do when it’s very hot?


During a heat wave, we make sure to slow the pace a little. Children play in the shade, for shorter periods of time, and take more breaks to drink water. We also have a steady supply of sponges that make for wet and refreshing games!
 

What if it rains?


On a rainy day, we put on boots and jackets and we go outside. We might eat indoors and do some arts and crafts to let our socks dry out but then it’s back outdoors… maybe for a snail race!
 

Do you do a lot of walking? I’m worried that my child gets too tired. 


There is a lot of walking in our day camps; however, it’s often disguised as exploration or expedition. Since children are divided into age groups, we adapt activities to suit the general pace of each group. Our day camps are not sports camps, and our goal is for kids to have fun, learn about the mountain’s natural environment and enjoy their summer. If we think a rest period is necessary at midday, we never hesitate!
 

Who are our camp counsellors?


As CEGEP and university students in biology, environment, teaching or related fields, our camp counsellors are passionate about the mountain and have a solid background working with children. They receive thorough training covering childhood needs, security, first aid, as well as the natural and historical heritage of Mount Royal. 

The day camp organized by Les amis de la montagne is certified by the Association des camps du Québec.
If your child is registered for our camp, you can take a look at our Parent Handbook for additional information, an overview of the daily schedule and tips on what to pack in your child’s bag. 

The Parent Handbook is usually available in June.
For general questions about our day camp (activities, schedules, etc.), please contact our day Camp Coordinator Emily Coffey at 514 843-8240, ext. 221 or write to ecoffey@lemontroyal.qc.ca.

For questions relative to camp registration, reservations or cancellations, please call 514 843-8240, ext. 235 or write to reservations@lemontroyal.qc.ca.