From December to March, Les amis de la montagne invites sports, outdoor and culture enthusiasts to enjoy a variety of programs and events in Mount Royal Park.

The 2017-18 winter season includes new activities for children and adults to experience the best of what nature has to offer without leaving the city!

Seasonal highlights include:

  • City Lights snowshoe excursions led by our expert guides, are offered in French and English on Friday and Saturday evenings in January and February, with hot chocolate, mulled wine or a chocolate truffle depending on the trek. Register here or follow snowshoe excursions on Facebook

Photo : S. Montigné
Photo : Alexandre CV


Photo : JC Caron
  • Birdwatching activities invite bird lovers to come observe birds in Mount Royal Park or to take part in an official survey of the North American winter bird population. A special Christmas Bird Count takes place on December 16 and 17. Register here or follow birdwatching activities on Facebook


Photo : Stéphane Cantin
  • Special Valentine’s Day snowshoes excursions offer an afternoon of family fun on February 11, as well as a special evening for couples and sweethearts on February 14, including an aperitif in the forest and a romantic fondue dinner at the Café des Amis in the Beaver Lake Pavilion with a magnificent view of the lake. Follow this event on Facebook!


  • Family snowshoe excursions take place every day during March Break, from March 3 to 11, at 10:30 a.m., to discover Mount Royal’s fauna and surprising history of mountain sports, with a break for hot chocolate in the forest. Follow this event on Facebook

  • Snow tubing on specially reserved lanes by Beaver Lake... as soon as winter shows up! 


Photo : A.Dobrowolskyj​
Les amis de la montagne also offers an outdoor sports equipment rental service – skates, cross-country skis, snowshoes, snow tubes and more. Skate sharpening and cross-country ski cleaning and waxing are available on site as well. Our rental counter is located at ground level in the Beaver Lake Pavilion. Thanks to this service, park visitors can enjoy skating at Beaver Lake, as well as 22 km of cross-country ski trails and 3 km of snowshoe trails in the forest, all available free of charge.

Enjoy a Gourmet Break on the Mountain

The Café des Amis located at Smith House, the Beaver Lake Pavilion and the Mount Royal Chalet is pleased to serve delicious homemade soups, hot mains, sandwiches, salads and desserts, in addition to a selection of coffees, teas and hot chocolate, for the pleasure of skaters, hikers, skiers, snowshoers and other park visitors.

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