Photo : © Les amis de la montagne

Environmental Group Activities

From May to October, groups of 10 or more wishing to get involved in the protection of the environment are welcome to come spend a few hours helping us care for Mount Royal by planting trees or ridding the park of invasive exotic plants and shrubs. It’s a great way for employees, associates, friends or family members to nurture nature and cultivate relationships in one of Montréal’s beautiful settings.
Les amis de la montagne plays an active role in conserving the biodiversity of Mount Royal and in raising awareness of the fragility and importance of natural environments.

Launched in 2007, our Environmental Stewardship Program combines in-depth knowledge of the mountain’s ecosystem with over 25 years’ experience in volunteer and community involvement, not to mention long-standing partnerships with the City of Montréal and large institutional owners on the mountain. Since its creation, it has become a means for citizens, associations and corporations to play a key role in the preservation of Mount Royal’s biodiversity.

Environmental stewardship activities are supervised by professionals and conform to a scientific, research-based process aimed at increasing knowledge about the natural environment and developing effective methods of preserving it.
As part of our Environmental Stewardship Program, your group can help with various conservation activities that take place on the mountain at different periods between May and October.

Group activities are designed for parties of 10 or more, and rates vary according to the choice of activity and number of participants:
 
Activity Date Cost
Tree planting (4 per person) September and October $60 per person
Removal of common buckthorn (invasive non-native shrub) September and October $25 per person
Monitoring of growth and survival of planted trees May $25 per person
Maintenance of saplings in tree nursery May to October $25 per person
Removal of dog-strangling vines (invasive non-native plant) June to August $25 per person
 

Why You Have to Pay to Lend a Hand on the Mountain

Getting people involved in the preservation of Mount Royal helps us care for the mountain and plan conservation actions. In matters of environmental conservation, every little action counts… as does every little penny we make as a non-profit group.

That being said, your financial contribution allows us to identify intervention sites and assess needs, carry out preparatory work on the ground, purchase plants, provide equipment and specialized labour, and recruit and supervise volunteers in charge of overseeing activities.

Money might not grow on trees but with a little help from its friends, Mount Royal will grow rich in healthy trees, shrubs and plants.

Whether you choose to plant trees or rid the park of invasive exotic plants or shrubs, your conservation efforts will not go unnoticed! Les amis de la montagne will include a shout-out to your group in our annual report as well as on our website.

Les amis de la montagne is responsible for coordinating the activity and providing the necessary equipment (gloves, trees, shrubs, etc.). Participants also receive documentation on Mount Royal, water and a snack during the activity.

We tailor all our activities according to your group’s size, schedule and interests. Please get in touch with us for event organization and group rates.
 

Guided Walk on the Mountain

Combine your good deed with a guided tour! Upon request, our experienced environmentalists accompany groups on an hour-long walk on the mountain to admire its must-see sites and learn about major issues related to the conservation of its biodiversity. It’s the perfect opportunity for groups to enjoy fresh air, build bonds and get in shape!
 

Terms and Conditions

  • Activities take place during the week or weekend, rain or shine (depending on the action).
  • The minimum number of participants per group is 10, whereas the maximum is 60.
  • For large groups, we suggest splitting the activity in two groups (morning and afternoon) or on two different days.
  • Children are welcome to take part in environmental group activities on the mountain. Children ages 13 and over are considered as adult participants, whereas children 12 years and under participate free of charge. However, a ratio of one child per two adults must be respected for tree planting activities, and of one child per four adults for other conservation actions.
  • Reduced rates may be applicable for associations, college and university groups, continuing education classes and French immersion programs.
Les amis wishes to thank all the groups and associations that took part in our Environmental Stewardship Program last year:
 
  • TD Bank Group – lead partner
  • Capgemini
  • Cogeco
  • CPA
  • Evergreen
  • Gaz Métro
  • HSBC
  • Ivanhoé Cambridge Inc.
  • Manulife
  • PSP Investments
  • Québec Forest Industry Council
  • RBC
  • SAP
There’s nothing like being outdoors to work up one’s appetite! Gather the gang in any of our three Café des Amis outposts in the park for tasty treats and refreshments after your activity.

For groups wishing to mix business with pleasure, we also provide the possibility of renting a conference room in the historical Smith House.

This corporate offer complements our annual Mount-Royal clean-up day and public stewardship program inviting citizens to get involved every Saturday from May to October.
For more information on our Environmental Stewardship Program, please call 514 843-8240, ext. 242 or write to conservation@lemontroyal.qc.ca.