Have a Field Day on Mount Royal!

Treat your students to a field trip that makes the grade! From September to June, Les amis de la montagne offers educational and recreational activities on Mount Royal designed for schools and groups of children looking to enjoy the great outdoors in an urban setting.

Winter on the mountain is extra special as groups learn about natural habitats with our experienced educators or enjoy the park’s gorgeous backdrop on their own as they skate, snow tube, snowshoe or cross-country ski.

Combining learning and outdoor activities makes for an unforgettable day in the forest and on the hill!

An Effective Way to Integrate Knowledge

Mount Royal provides fertile ground for learning thanks to Les amis de la montagne! Our school programs provide a hands-on learning experience in nature based on educational objectives specified by the Quebec Education Program.

As they explore the mountain with experienced educators, children discover its biodiversity, geology and history through adventure, exploration and games. Students learn about the environment and consumption, community life and citizenship, health and well-being. Our programs have been designed so that themes can be explored in the classroom, awakening kids to the importance of acting responsibly for the preservation of the environment.

An Exciting Way to Enjoy Winter

During the snowy months, recreational activities turn Mount Royal into a magical winter playground. School groups flock to the mountain to skate, snowshoe, snow tube or cross-country ski on the park’s 22 km of trails. For an unforgettable day, outdoor activities can be combined with a guided excursion in the forest. No matter the age, there’s nothing quite like trekking through the woods in the morning and snow tubing down the hill in the afternoon! Equipment rental available on site.

Educational Activities in All Seasons

Educational Activity Pre 1er 2e 3e Sec Fall Winter Spring Duration Rate/Student
Custom Exploration Excursion Based on group Starting at $9.50
Mount Royal through the Seasons1,2       3 2h / 4.5h $9.50 / $13
Snowshoe Excursion The Forest in Winter 2             2h $12 4
Mountain Wildlife 1           2h / 4.5h $9.50 / $13
Fort Royal Rally 1         2h / 4.5h $9.50 / $13
Snowshoe Excursion Tracker for a Day2           2h $12 4
Birdwatching Excursion       2h $9.50
A Scenic Overview of History        2h $9.50
Discovering Natural Habitats 1           2h / 4.5h $9.50 / $13
Investigating Mount Royal Geology         2h $9.50
Mount Royal Summit           2h $9.50
The Mount Royal Challenge Rally 1           2h / 4.5h $9.50 / $13
From the Mountain to the River           4.5h $13
Snowshoe Excursion
In the Footsteps of Snowshoers of the Past  2
            2h $12 4

1 These activities are offered as half-days (2 h/$9.50) or full days (4.5 h/$13)
2 Winter programs can be combined with an outdoor activity, such as snow tubing or skating, for an additional fee.
3 2h only
4 Equipment included

Contact Us to Reserve

In response to measures taken by the Government of Quebec to limit the spread of COVID-19, all spring educational activities are cancelled. We are not taking any reservations. If you have any questions, please contact ecoffey@lemontroyal.qc.ca 

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Recreational Winter Activities

Les amis de la montagne offers an equipment rental service for various sports such as snow tubing, skating, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Access to the skating rink and marked trails for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in Mount Royal Park is free. Access to snow tubing lanes is not free as it is a supervised activity.

Special rental rates are available for groups of 12 or more (prior reservation on weekdays only). Note that activities are offered from mid-December to mid-March, depending on weather conditions.

The schedule of activities and reservation form will be available in mid-November.
Activity Age Rate per child and duration Availability
Snow tubing 4 to 11 years
12 years and +
$4 / 1 h 30
$6 / 1 h 30
140 tubes
Skate rentals for groups 4 years and + $9 / 2 h 400 pairs (from size 13 child to size 12 adult)
Snowshoe rentals for groups 5 years and + $9 / 2 h 25 pairs (5 to 8 years)
30 pairs (9 to 12 years)
60 pairs (13 years and +)
Initiation to cross-country skiing 6 to 16 years $20 (equipment and taxes included) Minimum 8 participants and maximum 12 participants per group
Cross-country ski rentals for groups 12 years and + $15 / 2 h 45 pairs

Other Types of Equipment for Rental

Equipment Description Age Rate per child and duration Availability
Helmet Protective helmet for skating or sliding 4 to 16 years $2 / 2 h 50 helmets
Skating support bar For beginner skaters 4 to 8 years $4 25 bars
Lock Free footlockers (subject to availability)   $3.25 / unlimited 50 locks

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Schools in Underprivileged Areas

Schools belonging to the Une école montréalaise pour tous program may benefit from special subsidies covering the costs of specific activities offered by Les amis de la montagne. For information on which primary schools and projects are included in this program, please see Une école montréalaise pour tous (French only).

Groups with Special Needs

When possible, we are always pleased to adapt our school programs for individuals with disabilities. To find out how we might tailor our activities to meet specific requirements, please contact us at 514 843-8240, ext. 500 or by email at scolaire@lemontroyal.qc.ca.