Photo : © Éric Cimon

Summer Camp on Mount Royal

Come summertime, Les amis de la montagne invites 5 to 12 year olds to an unforgettable day camp in Montréal's magnificent Mount Royal Park. Kids enjoy exciting outdoor activities, games and nature discoveries as they explore the mountain's natural habitat and unique sites 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!

Please note that our camp is not adapted for children with special needs. However, we suggest you contact Emily Coffey, Camp Coordinator, at 514 843-8240, ext. 221, or by writing to ecoffey@lemontroyal.qc.ca to see if we can accommodate your child.

Our day camp is certified by the Association des camps du Québec.
Les amis de la montagne summer day camp is set in the heart of Montréal’s beautiful Mount Royal Park. Young people aged 5 to 12 spend the week outdoors, hiking, playing games and discovering the natural and historic heritage of Mount Royal in all weather!  
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
Please note that camp programs are offered in French and do not include swimming or access to pool facilities.
This camp is geared for children who will have completed their kindergarten at the end of the 2017-18 school year and who were 5 years old on September 30, 2017. No exceptions allowed.

This camp awakens young children to the wonders of the natural world. Children discover the forest while learning about wildlife on Mount Royal and developing an emotional connection with the environment. Through exploration activities, games and hikes highlighting the mountain’s legends and imaginary beings, youngsters develop their curiosity about the various inhabitants of the woods.

The camp includes two weeks of programming (A and B) that alternate throughout the summer. Children can be registered for one or two weeks, but can only participate once in each program.

Week 1: June 25 to 29 (Program A)
Week 2: July 2 to 6 (Program B)
Week 3: July 9 to 13 (Program A)
Week 4: July 16 to 20 (Program B)
Week 5: July 23 to 27 (Program A)
Week 6: July 30 to August 3 (Program B)
Week 7: August 6 to 10 (Program A)
Week 8: August 13 to 17 (Program B)

Base camp: Smith House

Available spaces: 16 per week
 
This camp is geared for children who will have completed grade 1 at the end of the 2017-18 school year and who were 6 years old on September 30, 2017. No exceptions allowed.

Focusing on adventure and storytelling in the great outdoors, this camp gets children to take on challenges while exploring Mount Royal Park. Activities in nature teach campers to work as a team and to help each other, while developing their sense of belonging to the mountain. During their adventures, children discover the biodiversity of the forest, learn to identify a variety of species in the park and become acquainted with the different figures who marked the history of Mount Royal. Team games consolidate the information learned during exploratory hikes while allowing kids to experience active and playful moments outdoors.

The camp includes two weeks of programming (A and B) that alternate throughout the summer. Children can be registered for one or two weeks, but can only participate once in each program.

Week 1: June 25 to 29 (Program A)
Week 2: July 2 to 6 (Program B)
Week 3: July 9 to 13 (Program A)
Week 4: July 16 to 20 (Program B)
Week 5: July 23 to 27 (Program A)
Week 6: July 30 to August 3 (Program B)
Week 7: August 6 to 10 (Program A)
Week 8: August 13 to 17 (Program B)

Base camp: Smith House

Available spaces: 18 per week
This camp is geared for children will have completed grade 2 at the end of the 2017-18 school year and who were 7 years old on September 30, 2017. No exceptions allowed.

Focusing on adventure and storytelling in the great outdoors, this camp gets children to take on challenges while exploring Mount Royal Park. Activities in nature teach campers to work as a team and to help each other, while developing their sense of belonging to the mountain. During their adventures, children discover the biodiversity of the forest, learn to identify a variety of species in the park and become acquainted with the different figures who marked the history of Mount Royal. Team games consolidate the information learned during exploratory hikes while allowing kids to experience active and playful moments outdoors.

The camp includes two weeks of programming (A and B) that alternate throughout the summer. Children can be registered for one or two weeks, but can only participate once in each program.

Week 1: June 25 to 29 (Program A)
Week 2: July 2 to 6 (Program B)
Week 3: July 9 to 13 (Program A)
Week 4: July 16 to 20 (Program B)
Week 5: July 23 to 27 (Program A)
Week 6: July 30 to August 3 (Program B)
Week 7: August 6 to 10 (Program A)
Week 8: August 13 to 17 (Program B)

Base camp: Beaver Lake Pavilion

Available spaces: 18 per week
This camp is geared for children will have completed grade 3 or 4 at the end of the 2017-18 school year and who were 8 or 9 years old on September 30, 2017. No exceptions allowed.

Youngsters discover Mount Royal’s many facets as they explore the mountain beyond Mount Royal Park. They deepen their knowledge of the park's biodiversity and mountain heritage, the importance of the park in the city and the evolution of the city landscape over the years. Campers work as a team to complete missions in the forest. Games lead them to help each other and allow them to test their physical limits. Group decisions influence the course of the day.

The camp includes two weeks of programming (A and B) that alternate throughout the summer. Children can be registered for one or two weeks, but can only participate once in each program.

Week 1: June 25 to 29 (Program A)
Week 2: July 2 to 6 (Program B)
Week 3: July 9 to 13 (Program A)
Week 4: July 16 to 20 (Program B)
Week 5: July 23 to 27 (Program A)
Week 6: July 30 to August 3 (Program B)
Week 7: August 6 to 10 (Program A)
Week 8: August 13 to 17 (Program B)

Base camp: Beaver Lake Pavilion

Available spaces: 10 per week
This camp is geared for children will have completed grade 5 or 6 at the end of the 2017-18 school year and who were 10 or 11 years old on September 30, 2017. No exceptions allowed.

Day campers head out on day-long expeditions in search of rare plant species and animals on the territory. Young people learn about Mount Royal conservation issues and contribute to its protection by taking part in hands-on activities that help the mountain’s environment. Competitive games are valued and strategy is needed to win, but the importance of team spirit and inclusion is also valued.

The camp includes two weeks of programming (A and B) that alternate throughout the summer. Children can be registered for one or two weeks, but can only participate once in each program.

Week 1: June 25 to 29 (Program A)
Week 2: July 2 to 6 (Program B)
Week 3: July 9 to 13 (Program A)
Week 4: July 16 to 20 (Program B)
Week 5: July 23 to 27 (Program A)
Week 6: July 30 to August 3 (Program B)
Week 7: August 6 to 10 (Program A)
Week 8: August 13 to 17 (Program B)

Base camp: Beaver Lake Pavilion

Available spaces: 10 per week
Our summer camp takes place Monday to Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., in Mount Royal Park. Camps for 5 to 7 year olds are based out of Smith House whereas camps for 7 to 12 year olds meet at the Beaver Lake Pavilion.

A 15-min parking zone in front of the building provides a safe and convenient area for parents to park for short periods between 8 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

Cost of day camp/week: $210

Registration for one or two weeks includes a Les amis camp t-shirt that children will receive at the start of camp.

Accepted modes of payment are VISA and Mastercard. Please note that payment is necessary to reserve your child’s spot in the chosen summer camp. A $50 non-refundable registration fee is included in the total cost. No refund will be given within seven days of the start of the activity, unless a written medical certificate is presented.

Daycare Service
An optional daycare service is available at 8 a.m. and until 5:30 p.m.  at an additional cost. Please note that our daycare service is offered on a weekly basis and that it is no longer possible to register for single days of daycare. Daycare for all age groups takes place at Smith House.

Cost of optional daycare: $45 per week if reserved before June 1 and $50 per week if reserved after June 1 

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In order to allow all children to enjoy a week of summer camp on Mount Royal, we are pleased to offer a few discounted places to low-income families ($50 per week). 

For more information, please contact Emily Coffey at ecoffey@lemontroyal.qc.ca



 

Closure of Camillien-Houde/Remembrance to Transit Traffic: How to Get to the Mountain this Summer 

Starting June 2, the pilot project preventing transit traffic on Camillien-Houde Way/Remembrance Road will prevent cars from driving between Smith House and Beaver Lake Pavilion during the summer.
 
If you travel on foot, by bike or by bus, this closure will not affect your route. Moreover, the STM will increase the frequency of buses 11 and 711 during the pilot project to encourage the use of public transit to access the mountain.
 
However, if you travel by car, the closure of transit traffic on the mountain could affect your drive depending on your point of entry to the park (either by Camillien-Houde Way or by Remembrance Road) and the location of your child’s base camp. Les amis de la montagne will make every effort to accommodate you and facilitate the drop-off and pick-up of your child.

If you’re coming from the east by Camillien-Houde

For children registered in “Renards” (5-6 year olds) and “Salamandres” (6-7 year olds) whose base camp is located at Smith House: 

  • With or without daycare: The closure will not affect you since your child’s base camp is Smith House. Note that our daycare service also takes place at Smith House. 

For children registered in “Libellules” (7-8 year olds), “Faucons” (8-10 year olds) and “Hérons” (10-12 year olds) whose base camp is located at the Beaver Lake Pavilion: 

  • With daycare: The closure will not affect you since our daycare service before and after regular camp hours takes place at Smith House, which you can access at all times. Rest assured that we will always accompany children when they walk between Smith House and their base camp at the Beaver Lake Pavilion. 
  • No daycare: You will need to drop off your child at Smith House between 8:45 a.m. and 9 a.m. A member of our team will then accompany all the children to their base camp at the Beaver Lake Pavilion. At the end of the day, we will walk with the children back to Smith House for pick-up between 4 p.m. and 4:15 p.m.

If you’re coming from the west by Remembrance Road

For children registered in “Renards” (5-6 year olds) and “Salamandres” (6-7 year olds) whose base camp is located at Smith House: 

  • No daycare: You will need to drop off your child at the Beaver Lake Pavilion between 8:45 a.m. and 9 a.m. A member of our team will then accompany all the children to their base camp at Smith House. At the end of the day, we will walk with the children back to Beaver Lake Pavilion for pick-up between 4 p.m. and 4:15 p.m. 
  • With daycare in the morning or afternoon: To drop off and pick up your child, you must park in the drop-off zone in the Beaver Lake parking lot and walk to Smith House (approximately 7 minutes) where the daycare service takes places. It is also possible to take bus 11 or 711 from one parking lot to the next. 

For children registered in “Libellules” (7-8 year olds), “Faucons” (8-10 year olds) and “Hérons” (10-12 year olds) whose base camp is located at the Beaver Lake Pavilion: 

  • No daycare: The closure will not affect you since your child’s base camp is located at the Beaver Lake Pavilion. 
  • With daycare in the morning or afternoon: To drop off or pick up your child, you must park in the drop-off zone in the Beaver Lake parking lot and walk to Smith House (approximately 7 minutes) where the daycare service takes place. It is also possible to take bus 11 or 711 from one parking lot to the next. You can also allow your child to walk alone from the Beaver Lake Pavilion to Smith House by checking the “Partir Seul” box in the online reservation system.

What if your child needs to arrive later or leave earlier? Rest assured, you will not have to drive around the mountain! If you have to drop off your child after 10 a.m. or pick him or her up before 3 p.m., simply call us and we will arrange to meet you at the base camp that is most convenient for you. Note that this will not be possible if the group is on an outing.

My two children are registered for camp, but one will be based out of Smith House whereas the other will be at the Beaver Lake Pavilion. How can I simplify their arrival and departure?

If you plan on using our daycare service in the morning and afternoon, the arrival and departure of kids of all ages will take place at Smith House.

If you do not plan on using the daycare service, you can indicate in the online reservation system that your older child can “leave alone.” In this case, your child will sign the attendance sheet upon arrival and departure and will be able to do the five-minute walk between Beaver Lake and Smith House alone. However, you must accompany your children on the first morning to validate the details of your reservation.

My child turned 5 years old after September 30 this year. Can I still register for the camp? My child is very active and wouldn’t have any trouble following the group. 

No. All children attending the camp must have turned 5 years or older by September 30 of the school year. Any falsification on the registration forms could lead to the cancellation of a reservation, without possibility of refund. 

Can my child and his friend be in the same group? 

If your children are enrolled in the same age group camp, they will be together during the week.

If your children are not in the same age group, they will not be in the same camp group. But that will not stop them from seeing each other during the day! Les salamandres (6 - 7 years old) and Les libellules (7 - 8 years old) eat and play together in the afternoon. For their part, Les faucons (8 - 10 years) and Les hérons (10 - 12 years) often go on expeditions, but play team games together during the week.

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 our base camp 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 will get too tired. 


There is a lot of walking in our day camps; however, it’s often disguised as an exploration or an expedition. Since children are divided into age groups, we adapt the camp 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 your 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 a thorough training covering children's 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.

 

My child does not have a health insurance card (RAMQ), but we have a private insurer. Can we still register for the day camp?

Your child can participate in the day camp, but you will have to provide all the details of your private insurer when registering online.
 
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. 

 
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.