Requalifying the Royal Victoria Hospital, an extraordinary opportunity to integrate nature and architecture

More than ever, we have seen how essential urban parks have become to Montrealers’ quality of life. The pandemic has increased pressure on these green spaces. Parks with high landscape value, such as those on Mount Royal, are experiencing heightened visitation. There is an urgent need to act to provide citizens with more healthy, verdant parklands. Such green spaces will also serve to mitigate the impacts of climate change.

The iconic presence of the mountain

Les amis de la montagne, Héritage Montréal, the Ordre des urbanistes, CRE MTL and the Association des architectes paysagistes du Québec have joined forces to reiterate that the iconic presence of the mountain as a visual and identity marker is - and must remain - non-negotiable.

A broad consensus in this regard has been forged over time and was reinforced more recently by a citizen mobilization of more than 33,000 voices expressing their wish to see the mountain and its civic and institutional heritage inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

The constant renewal of this commitment to the mountain should be a formality and a strong signal for the continued improvement of our tools and measures to protect Mount Royal, practices, not just another election issue.

Let's rise above the fray!

Read the opinion letter (in french)

source: Le Devoir, 23 avril 2021

Latest Updates in Mount Royal Park

The City of Montréal and Les amis de la montagne continue to ensure the highest public health measures to help limit the spread of COVID-19, while maintaining safe access to the mountain’s parklands. Mount Royal Park, in addition to our visitor welcome, gift shop and food and beverages services (take-out menu only), remain open and accessible to visitors wishing to enjoy an outing to the mountain. Note that during peak periods, public authorities reserve the right to limit or close access to parking lots next to Beaver Lake and Smith House.

An Exemplary Inclusive Process toward the Adoption of a New Master Development Plan for Université de Montréal Main Campus

On March 24, 2021, Les amis de la montagne took part in the public consultation led by the Office de consultation publique de Montréal (OCPM) about the Main Campus Master Development Plan of the Université de Montreal and its affiliated schools. This plan will provide a framework over the next 15-20 years for consolidating the vast campus on the northern slope of Mount Royal which is home to UdeM, Polytechnique Montréal and HEC Montréal.

From Scottish Castle to Modern Hospital: 1st in a Series of 3 Articles on the Royal Victoria

There’s no escaping it, especially as we weather a global pandemic, health, hospitals and caring for the sick are on everyone’s lips. Located in the heart of the Mount Royal Heritage Site, the former Royal Victoria Hospital now serves as a COVID-19 isolation unit for homeless people, yet the future of this illustrious site, affectionately known as the Royal Vic, is far from certain.

The Snowbirds of Mount Royal

Birdwatching has long been a favourite outdoor activity, and the COVID pandemic has made this individual pastime more popular than ever on the mountain. With its urban forest and woodland trails, Mount Royal is a coveted spot for bird lovers, even in the winter! Find out why.
 

Holiday Hours 2020-2021

Take advantage of the holiday season to get inspired in Mount Royal Park! Get your fill of fresh air at the refrigerated skating rink, which welcomes skaters by day and evening. With a little luck, Mother Nature will soon blanket the mountain in snow, thus opening the cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and sledding trails on the mountain.

Everything You Need to Play Outside this Winter

This year, the pandemic is forcing all of us to stick to our respective bubbles and explore nearby outdoor spaces to clear our minds and stretch our legs. What better place to do this than Mount Royal! Les amis de la montagne operates a rental service for skates, cross-country skis, snowshoes and snow tubing that lets you enjoy the mountain. Now all we need is snow!

À la racine de l’arbre

Sophie Mankowski loves to walk, watch, listen… and share her love for the urban and natural environment surrounding us. As cofounder of the organization Portrait sonore, this producer/director took on the challenge of raising awareness of the urban forest in Mount Royal Park―and the importance of its tens of thousands of trees―by creating a sound walk entitled À la racine de l’arbre.

First Waste Management Strategy in Montréal Parklands: An Important Gesture for the Protection of Natural Environments

On August 19, the City of Montréal’s executive committee adopted the Montréal 2020-25 Waste Management Master Plan, which includes specific measures for large parks.
 
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