Amis De La Montagne
 

A Year of Partnership and Growth

HONOURING MOUNT ROYAL’S NETWORK OF TRUSTED FRIENDS

“Community engagement is the heart and soul of Les amis de la montagne. For the past 34 years, our organization has succeeded in the protection and enhancement of Mount Royal due to the care and commitment of Montrealers. The grassroots movement that was launched in 1986, when citizens united to defend the mountain’s precious green spaces, is stronger than ever.”

Thank you to our esteemed partners

HONOURING MOUNT ROYAL’S NETWORK OF TRUSTED FRIENDS

Community engagement is the heart and soul of Les amis de la montagne. For the past 34 years, our organization has succeeded in the protection and enhancement of Mount Royal due to the care and commitment of Montrealers. The grassroots movement that was launched in 1986, when citizens united to defend the mountain’s precious green spaces, is stronger than ever.

Les amis de la montagne has grown to include a vast network of volunteer experts in heritage, urban planning, environmental conservation, education and governance. They serve on committees that owe their strength to the experience of distinguished members and the energy of young professionals, all passionate about the mountain and its challenges. The sum of this shared expertise constitutes an unequalled wealth of knowledge, allowing Les amis to capitalize on past experience and new opportunities to better shape the future.

Les amis de la montagne relies on a loyal community of donors. For more than three decades, individuals, families, corporations and foundations who care about our mountain have collectively contributed the funds to finance Les amis’s advocacy activities as well as its environmental education and conservation programs.

We are further energized by the support of partner organizations. In 2020, more than 50 partners contributed valuable time and expertise to the causes championed by Les amis.

The collaborative nature that defines Les amis de la montagne is anchored in a long-standing partnership with the City to protect and animate the mountain’s parklands. This unique partnership is cited as an inspiring model across Canada for its operational agility, economic advantages and overall efficiency.

Les amis de la montagne bears testimony to the value of civic engagement. As more and more Montrealers show their strong attachment to Mount Royal, partnerships for the sustainability of the mountain have flourished for the ultimate benefit of the community.

To all the trusted friends of Mount Royal: thank you!

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PETER A. HOWLETT, C.M.

President of the Board of Directors
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WHEN PROTECTION AND MOBILIZATION GO HAND IN HAND

“It is with pride that I present Les amis de la montagne’s 2019-20 activity report in an all-new digital format. This impact report features the highlights of an exceptional year during which we worked with the community for the welfare of Mount Royal.”

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HÉLÈNE PANAÏOTI

Executive Director
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SPRING 2020: COVID-19 OUTBREAK

At the peak of the city’s COVID-19 lockdown in March and April, the lure of the mountain’s parklands grew exponentially. Already popular destinations for rest, relaxation and recreation, Mount Royal Park and Tiohtià:ke Otsira'kéhne Park turned into neighborhood parks, sports tracks and training rooms for thousands of citizens deprived of their usual gathering places. In this age of global pandemics, the benefits of urban green spaces for our collective health and safety are more than evident.

Impacts on Les amis de la montagne

Les amis de la montagne was severely impacted by the health measures deployed in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. All of our education and environmental stewardship programs as well as our park services had to be suspended. We were also forced to close our offices and visitor welcome services at Smith House. The situation resulted in the temporary layoff of many employees and the implementation of a new teleworking schedule for a small team in charge of the organization’s essential services. As regards our strategic plan and goals, had it not been for COVID-19, 2019-20 would have been an outstanding year.

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Environmental Conservation

Les amis de la montagne relies on community support to protect and preserve Mount Royal. Through awareness-raising, as well as volunteer and citizen science programs, our Conservation team works side by side with the City of Montréal and local volunteers to promote the mountain’s biodiversity and protect its ecosystems. Today more than ever, Montrealers understand the importance of a healthy urban forest and the role they play in its sustainability.

MOUNT ROYAL CLEAN-UP 2019

Every first Sunday of May since 1991, the Montréal community joins Les amis de la montagne to collect waste and recyclables in the woodlands of Mount Royal Park. This long-standing tradition allows citizens to play an active role in the protection of their beloved urban green spaces

SOWING THE SEEDS OF ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP

Created in 2007, Les amis’s Environmental Stewardship Program gets citizens, associations, businesses and school groups involved in the protection of the mountain’s biodiversity and natural environments through a range of seasonal actions and activities.

Citizen Science Programs

  • Mission Monarch
  • Birdwatching excursions
  • Project FeederWatch
  • Christmas Bird Count

Planting and Reforestation

  • Monitoring tree and shrub plantings
  • Maintaining the educational tree nursery
  • Planting native trees and shrubs

Controlling Invasive species

  • Common buckthorn
  • Dog-strangling vine
  • Ragweed

Special Events

  • Mount Royal Clean-Up

VOLUNTEER ACTION AT A GLANCE

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3,122

hours in total spent by 1,376 volunteers as part of our environmental stewardship actions

+10%

increase in volunteer actions

35,000

trees planted by Les amis on Mount Royal over 33 years

15,000

surface area in m2 in which invasive species were controlled by over 250 volunteers

500+

hours dedicated to citizen science

VOLUNTEER ACTION AT A GLANCE

3,122

hours in total spent by 1,376 volunteers as part of our environmental stewardship actions

+10%

increase in volunteer actions

35,000

trees planted by Les amis on Mount Royal over 33 years

15,000

superficie en m2 ayant fait l’objet d’actions de maîtrise des espèces envahissantes par plus de 250 bénévoles en 500 h

500+

hours dedicated to citizen science

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“By planting a tree that will probably outlive me, I am making a lasting gesture for the mountain.”

Eliane Kinsley, volunteer

MONITORING THE NATURAL ENVIRONMENT

As part of our partnership with the City of Montréal, the Conservation Patrol acts as the eyes and ears of Les amis de la montagne in the field. In 2019-20, the Patrol increased its operations to better identify problems, document the state of the mountain’s ecosystems and share its results with city officials.

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DID YOU KNOW?

Les amis de la montagne is a finalist at the GALA du CRE-Montréal 2020 for its awareness campaign carried out with the City of Montréal in support of actions against the emerald ash borer, as well as mobilization actions involving tree planting and invasive species control.

Winners will be announced on October 7, 2020.

 

Advocacy

Les amis de la montagne endeavours to bring public authorities, institutional property owners, associations, business stakeholders and the Montréal community together around a shared vision for Mount Royal. Our work contributes to enlightened decision-making that supports the integrity of the mountain’s cultural, landscape and natural heritage, provides safe and people-friendly access to the territory, and reinforces its biodiversity.

Les amis de la montagne endeavours to bring public authorities, institutional property owners, associations, business stakeholders and the Montréal community together around a shared vision for Mount Royal. Our work contributes to enlightened decision-making that supports the integrity of the mountain’s cultural, landscape and natural heritage, provides safe and people-friendly access to the territory, and reinforces its biodiversity.

Repurposing the Royal Victoria Hospital

Three years after relocating the Royal Victoria Hospital (RVH) ...

Repurposing the Royal Victoria Hospital

Three years after relocating the Royal Victoria Hospital (RVH) to the Glen site of the MUHC, the Quebec government has mandated the Société québécoise des infrastructures (SQI) to develop a vision and master plan for repurposing the RVH, which will be submitted to a public consultation in 2021. Les amis de la montagne responded proactively to the SQI’s invitation to stimulate participation in the process by hosting an information and discussion session with the community.

In addition, Les amis de la montagne led representations with McGill University, the SQI and the City of Montréal aimed at ensuring the integrity of the Mount Royal Heritage Site, rehabilitation choices that serve the community, improved access to the mountain, as well as the protection and enhancement of its natural environments.

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New Ownership of the Shriners Hospital for Children

The acquisition of the Shriners Hospital by the Chinese government ....

New Ownership of the Shriners Hospital for Children

The acquisition of the Shriners Hospital by the Chinese government to make it its consulate general in Montréal was announced in 2019. For many observers, the conversion of a large property in the heart of the mountain's woodlands to provide consular services could complexify the achievement of the protection and improvement goals established for the Mount Royal Heritage Site, a collective asset prized for its historic and iconic value.

Responding to these concerns, Les amis de la montagne initiated a series of meetings with the City of Montréal, federal government and new property owners. Our exchanges focused on the importance of taking the steps required to ensure that the growing number of rehabilitation projects on sites forming the mountain’s ring of institutional properties serve to achieve these goals, namely to protect the natural, built and landscape heritage of Mount Royal, to maintain the public use of these large properties, and to maintain and develop access to and from the mountain's parks and green spaces.

Our discussions with the purchaser of the Shriners Hospital, led jointly with Héritage Montréal, revealed the new owners' willingness to take these collective aspirations into consideration in their repurposing plans.

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Waste Management Plan

In January 2020, as part of the public consultation on the City of Montréal's ...

Waste Management Plan

In January 2020, as part of the public consultation on the City of Montréal's 2020-2025 Waste Management Master Plan, Les amis de la montagne introduced a vision for the roll-out of an innovative and effective waste management plan for all Mount Royal parks.

In its recommendations tabled in spring, the City’s Commission sur l’eau, l’environnement, le développement durable et les grands parcs advocated the implementation of a waste management strategy on the mountain and in all major Montréal parks. Several other recommendations presented by Les amis de la montagne were adopted, including the development, with local stakeholders, of public awareness and mobilization campaigns promoting environmental education.

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Accessibility

Accessibility to and within the Mount Royal territory must address challenges of transit, conflicts ...

Accessibility

Accessibility to and within the Mount Royal territory must address challenges of transit, conflicts of use and land-use planning. Since 2016, Les amis de la montagne has been working with the Table de concertation du Mont-Royal to develop a comprehensive vision of accessibility to Mount Royal. Ultimately, this global vision will establish key guidelines that enable informed decision-making relating to safe mobility and visitor experience on the mountain.

In May 2019, the Office de consultation publique de Montréal published its report on the Camillien-Houde/Remembrance access routes to Mount Royal as a follow-up to the public consultation that generated record citizen participation. Since then, Les amis has been cooperating with the City of Montréal in the preparation of studies and analyses required to deliver the global vision of accessibility in 2020.Parallel to this, Les amis conducted a series of representations with neighbouring borough mayors and cities, as well as elected officials responsible for large parks, to call attention to the importance of having such a vision document in hand as an essential resource for rethinking the future of public access ways to the mountain.

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Côte-des-Neiges/Remembrance interchange

The Côte-des-Neiges/Remembrance sector redevelopment project led by ...

Côte-des-Neiges/Remembrance interchange

The Côte-des-Neiges/Remembrance sector redevelopment project led by the City of Montréal will significantly transform the cultural and natural heritage of Mount Royal in the decades to come. Les amis de la montagne played an active role in the consultation process from the start, seeing it as an exceptional opportunity to develop an entrance threshold to Mount Royal Park worthy of a heritage site.

In 2019-20, we took part in work sessions organized by the City of Montréal and shared our recommendations with decision makers. Meetings with the elected officials of the concerned municipalities were an opportunity to highlight our observations and recommendations for an optimal repurposing of the sector. In March 2020, the Conseil du patrimoine culturel du Québec was seized of the case and held public hearings in which Les amis de la montagne took part.

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Mount Royal Protection and Enhancement Plan

The Table de concertation du Mont-Royal (TCMR) was mandated to assess ...

Mount Royal Protection and Enhancement Plan

The Table de concertation du Mont-Royal (TCMR) was mandated to assess the first 10 years of the City of Montréal’s Mount Royal Protection and Enhancement Plan. To carry out this vast project, the Bureau du Mont-Royal undertook a collaborative approach involving all members of the TCMR, including Les amis de la montagne.

We made 32 recommendations concerning the governance and protection of natural environments, cultural and natural heritage, views, landscapes and emblematic presence of Mount Royal. This concerted effort by stakeholders will support the City of Montréal in making informed decisions and proactive choices in favour of better protection and enhancement of the mountain.

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Mount Royal UNESCO World Heritage Site status

In a bid to pursue our campaign to obtain UNESCO World Heritage ...

Mount Royal UNESCO World Heritage Site status

In a bid to pursue our campaign to obtain UNESCO World Heritage Site status for Mount Royal, Les amis de la montagne brought this promising project up during the 2019 federal elections. We wrote to all candidates for Prime Minister asking them to take a clear position regarding the support they intended to grant the process aimed at having Mount Royal included on Canada’s Tentative List for World Heritage Sites. In ensuing meetings with elected federal officials, we emphasized the importance of this recognition as a means of adopting the highest standards in terms of mountain protection.

In November 2019, thanks to the concerted efforts of partners such as Héritage Montréal, the Table de concertation du Mont-Royal adopted Consensus 52 that proposes the continuation of actions aiming to include Mount Royal on Canada’s Tentative List for World Heritage Sites.

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Emerging sports and conflicts of use

As the primary cause of soil compaction and erosion, trail proliferation ...

Emerging sports and conflicts of use

As the primary cause of soil compaction and erosion, trail proliferation and undergrowth trampling, the development of new sports and recreational trends in mountain woodlands (cycling, hiking, orienteering, etc.) poses growing threats to biodiversity. These emerging sports practices also lead to conflicts of use with park visitors and hinder the relaxation and contemplation traditionally experienced on the mountain and still sought after by the vast majority of users.

In 2019-20, Les amis favoured a consultation approach with sports aficionados. We held awareness-raising meetings with the organizers of sporting events and guided them in choosing routes to minimize the negative impact of their ecological footprint. One-on-one meetings also helped inform influencers in certain sports disciplines about the growing pressure our collective choices represent in terms of protecting Mount Royal. In the same spirit, Les amis met with local borough mayors, as well as the elected officials responsible for large parks, to underscore the need for urgent concerted action in the sectors of the mountain’s woodlands most affected by the degradation of the undergrowth.

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Sporting events on Camillien-Houde

The closure of the Camillien-Houde roadway for sporting activities ...

Sporting events on Camillien-Houde

The closure of the Camillien-Houde roadway for sporting activities creates accessibility challenges to key destinations on the mountain including Mount Royal Park and the neighbouring cemeteries. The number of such activities grew in the summer of 2019, more than doubling the quota specified in the Guide du promoteur - Événements publics dans le parc du Mont-Royal de la Ville de Montréal.

Les amis launched discussions with major event promoters to identify common values ​​and find possible solutions to preserve accessibility to the mountain for the greatest number of visitors. These steps have led to a better understanding of the challenges and the development of plans to reduce the future impacts of such events.

Les amis also worked with the City of Montréal to update the Guide du promoteur and raise awareness among key decision-makers with a view to agree on the desired number of admissible street closures annually, in full respect of the intended uses and purposes of the site.

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Educational, Cultural and Outdoor Programming

Les amis de la montagne proposes a wealth of programs in environmental sciences, history and culture as part of its mission to highlight Mount Royal’s natural and cultural heritage. All of our programs seek to forge a strong bond between visitors of all ages and the mountain by showcasing its past, green spaces and myriad benefits for the population, while calling attention to its influence on the development of the urban environment that surrounds it and the challenges facing its protection.

PREPARING TOMORROW’S CUSTODIANS

Thanks to our summer day camp and youth group offer, our diversified school and nature immersion programs, not to mention our environmental stewardship and citizen sciences projects for families, Les amis is preparing the next generation of stewards of the mountain.

INSPIRING THE GENERAL PUBLIC

600000

people discovered Mount Royal’s historical, natural and cultural heritage with Les amis de la montagne thanks to exhibitions, activities, concerts and performances

10th Edition of The Mountain in Pictures Photo Contest

  • SHOWCASING THE MOUNTAIN’S GREAT OUTDOORS


    Our year-round excursions, activities and services introduce thousands of children and adults to the mountain’s outstanding nature, history and heritage.

  • 1,374


    winter enthusiasts of all ages appreciated our guided snowshoe excursions

  • 836


    cross-country skiers of all ages honed their technique with our Cross-Country Ski Club

  • 10,693


    children tobogganed, skated, skied and snowshoed on the mountain with Les amis

  • 15


    French immersion groups discovered the joys of winter on Mount Royal with Les amis

  • 924


    hikers discovered the mountain’s landscape, heritage and panoramas during guided nature walks

  • 9,845


    visitors navigated the calm waters of Beaver Lake aboard our rowboats

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  • Inviter les Montréalais

    SHOWCASING THE MOUNTAIN’S GREAT OUTDOORS


    Our year-round excursions, activities and services introduce thousands of children and adults to the mountain’s outstanding nature, history and heritage.

  • randonnées guidées en raquettes

    1,374


    winter enthusiasts of all ages appreciated our guided snowshoe excursions

  • Club de ski de fond des Amis de la montagne

    836


    cross-country skiers of all ages honed their technique with our Cross-Country Ski Club

  • enfants ont glissé

    10,693


    children tobogganed, skated, skied and snowshoed on the mountain with Les amis

  • le paysage et le patrimoine de la montagne

    15


    French immersion groups discovered the joys of winter on Mount Royal with Les amis

  • randonnées pédestres

    924


    hikers discovered the mountain’s landscape, heritage and panoramas during guided nature walks

  • lac aux Castors à bord de nos chaloupes

    9,845


    visitors navigated the calm waters of Beaver Lake aboard our rowboats

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DID YOU KNOW?

A new summer guided walk revealed the mountain’s scenic beauty at sunset, while our popular discovery walk exploring the three summits of Mount Royal took a new turn by starting in the secret garden of the Monastery of the Religious Hospitallers of Saint Joseph.

 

MAY: MOUNT ROYAL MONTH

Presented in partnership with the City of Montréal, with the support of the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, May: Mount Royal Month has been showcasing the mountain’s majestic heritage and various conservation issues since 2005.

MAY: MOUNT ROYAL MONTH

Presented in partnership with the City of Montréal, with the support of the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, May: Mount Royal Month has been showcasing the mountain’s majestic heritage and various conservation issues since 2005.

Mai mois du Mont-Royal

Ode to heritage

For the 2019 edition of May: Mount Royal Month, Les amis invited ...

Ode to heritage

For the 2019 edition of May: Mount Royal Month, Les amis invited the community to discover the rich natural and cultural diversity of the Mount Royal Heritage Site and the challenges facing its preservation and improvement.

Nearly 5,000 Montrealers enjoyed guided excursions, exhibitions and thematic activities hosted by Les amis on the mountain territory during the month of May 2019.

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Prix du Mont-Royal 2019

Les amis de la montagne and the City of Montréal awarded the Prix du ...

Prix du Mont-Royal 2019

Les amis de la montagne and the City of Montréal awarded the Prix du Mont-Royal to Sylvie Guilbault for her outstanding contribution to the creation of consultative bodies and the development of community involvement and consultation for the protection of Mount Royal.

As the Executive Director of Les amis de la montagne for more than 25 years, she provided a standard of leadership that enjoyed the highest recognition from all stakeholders. During that time, she worked intimately with the community to ensure the well-being of the most defining area of Montréal.

Listen to Sylvie Guilbault in an interview on Radio-Canada.

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Honourable mentions

The ceremony was also the opportunity to grant honourable mentions to two specialists ....

Honourable mentions

The ceremony was also the opportunity to grant honourable mentions to two specialists whose research and teachings have significantly contributed to the advancement of knowledge about Mount Royal:

Christian Gates St-Pierre, Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the Université de Montréal, for his research on the archaeology of Native Americans from Quebec and Northeastern North America

Pierre Bédard, geologist specializing in Mount Royal and lecturer at Polytechnique Montréal and UQAM, for his research on Mount Royal’s geological formation

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Mount Royal Park Visitor Services

ENHANCING EACH EXPERIENCE

We offer a wide range of information, food and beverage, and outdoor services to park users, always with a view to reinvest proceeds in the protection and improvement of Mount Royal for the benefit of all visitors.

375000

transactions at the 3 Café des Amis venues on the mountain

80%

customer satisfaction with the Café des Amis

OUTDOOR EQUIPMENT RENTAL

Our team is on site 7 days a week to meet the needs of visitors wishing to row in the summer or skate, ski, slide and snowshoe in the winter.

20277

pairs of skates rented

20740

snow tubing passes sold

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EVOLUTION OF THE NUMBER OF TRANSACTIONS FOR OUTDOOR EQUIPMENT RENTALS

 

Outreach and Community Engagement

Les amis de la montagne gives voice to Mount Royal issues and sustainability through our targeted communications and vast network of partners. Our interactions with the community raise public awareness while inviting citizens to contribute to the care and protection of their mountain.

visiteurs uniques au site Web par année

345 000+

unique website visitors per year

pages Web vues par mois

100 000

webpage views per month

abonnés à nos médias sociaux

32 200+

followers on social media

abonnés à notre infolettre

35 620+

subscribers to our newsletter

mentions dans les médias

55+

media mentions

partenaires privilégiés

100+

major partners

Website Visitor Profile

#EnsemblePourNosParcs

MAINTAINING COMMUNICATIONS DURING THE PANDEMIC

With limited access to the territory from March to May 2020, Les amis’s field of action to fulfill our mission of protecting and improving Mount Royal was reduced to digital communications.

Association des architectes paysagistes du Québec

Avenir Parc Lafontaine

Boutique l'Escale Verte

Campus MIL

Canopée, réseau des bois de Laval

Coalition des amis du parc Jarry

Cardio Plein Air Plateau Mont-Royal

Cardio Plein Air Ville-Marie

Centre d'écologie urbaine de Montréal

Coalition montréalaise des Tables de quartier

Conseil régional de l'environnement de Montréal

Corporation de développement communautaire de Côte-des-Neiges

Corridor Darlington

Cyclovia Québec

De ville en forêt: Plein air responsable et durable & Programme Sans trace

Éco de la Pointe-aux-Prairies

Eco quartier NDG

Eco quartier Peter-McGill

Fondation David Suzuki

Gestion Inlandsis

GRAME

Grand potager

GUEPE

Héritage laurentien

Héritage Montréal

L’Oratoire St-Joseph

La Pépinière

Le lion et la souris

Les amis de Meadowbrook

Les amis du parc Angrignon

Les YMCA du Québec

Maglia Rosa vélo shop

Nature-Action Québec

Option Aménagement

Ordre des urbanistes du Québec

P.A.U.S.E. - Production Agricole Urbaine Soutenable et Écologique

Regroupement des éco-quartiers

Sauvons la falaise

Ski de fond Québec

Solon

Table de concertation jeunesse de Côte-des-Neiges

Table de concertation du faubourg Saint-Laurent

Tour du Silence de Montréal

Université de Montréal

Université McGill

Vélo Québec

Ville en Vert

Le Carré et sa ruelle

Les amies du parc nature Ruisseau de la Grande Prairie

Les amis du Courant Sainte-Marie

Park People / Amis des parcs

TOHU

Les amis du Champ des Possibles

#TogetherForOurParks

In a bid to maintain public access to urban green spaces during the COVID-19 confinement period, we launched a mass mobilization campaign inviting community stakeholders to simultaneously publish the same call to action to all park lovers and users across Montréal.

58

participating organizations

60,000+

persons saw the message

600,000+

concerned citizens

#MountRoyalComesToYou

Our digital campaign helped maintain a strong connection with the community during the pandemic by broadcasting public health directives and constantly evolving information on the status of Mount Royal Park.

4500

persons saw each post

5559

Likes on Instagram

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Financial Overview

REVENUE AND EXPENSES OF LES AMIS DE LA MONTAGNE

The current financial overview is drawn from the balance sheets and income statements of Les amis de la montagne, Centre de la montagne and Café des Amis, collectively referred to as Les amis de la montagne.

The financial statements of all three organizations are available upon request.

REINVESTING IN PARKS AND VISITOR SERVICES

Les amis de la montagne programs and services— gift shops, outdoor equipment rentals, cross-country ski lessons, guided discovery walks, outdoor and educational activities, food and beverage services, etc.—generated 67% of the organization’s gross revenue in 2019-2020. Net proceeds were reinvested in Mount Royal Park and visitor services.

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Did you know?

Les amis de la montagne has worked with the City of Montréal for over 30 years to provide quality services in Mount Royal Park. Today, these services extend to Tiohtià: ke Otsira'kéhne Park, located on the mountain’s Outremont Summit.

LES AMIS AND THE CITY: PARTNERS FOR THE MOUNTAIN’S PARKS AND THE COMMUNITY

For over 30 years, Les amis de la montagne and the City of Montréal have enjoyed a fruitful partnership that enables them to work hand in hand to offer visitor services in Mount Royal Park and Tiohtià:ke Otsira'kéhne Park in keeping with their shared dedication to the protection and improvement of the mountain.

Our agreement with the City governs the following park services and programs offered by Les amis:

  • Environmental education activities
  • Planting projects, invasive species control and environmental monitoring with the participation of volunteers
  • Interpretive services related to the heritage of Mount Royal
  • Visitor welcome and information services
  • Conservation Patrol (Mount Royal Park)
  • Outdoor recreational equipment rental and services (Mount Royal Park)
  • Food services, gift shops and mobile refreshment vendors

Les amis also supports the City in an advisory capacity relative to:

  • Park management
  • Development projects
  • Access to the mountain
  • Park usage and conflicting uses
  • Outdoor park amenity maintenance
  • Building restoration and parkland improvements
  • Evaluation of proposals for public events in the park and documentation of impacts on parkland and park users
  • Security and cleanliness in parks
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Community Support

FUNDRAISING TO SUSTAIN OUR MISSION

We rely on a large community of mountain lovers to carry out our mission season after season. Thanks to their hard work and commitment, our Annual Campaign Cabinet and fundraising committees aptly mobilize support for the protection and improvement of Mount Royal.

Campagne annuelle et appui de la communauté

KEEPING MOUNT ROYAL BEAUTIFUL

Launched in the fall, our annual campaign focused on the sustainability of the mountain and its tens of thousands of trees that improve the air we breathe and the quality of life we enjoy in the city. Montrealers responded positively to our call for help, proving once again that the protection of Mount Royal appeals to their better nature.

$616,110

Funds raised in 2019-20

Campaign Cabinet
Peter A. Howlett, C.M.
Jeffrey Drummond
Diana Ferrara Scalia
Carole Labelle Molson
Andy Fratino, advisor
Hélène Panaïoti, ex officio

Pour l’amour de la montagne

Chapeau mont Royal 2019

Every spring, we invite the community to show its attachment to the mountain by attending an elegant fundraising luncheon at the Mount Royal Chalet.

Honorary president

  • Édith Cloutier, president, Rogers Quebec

Co-presidents

  • Mary Bruns Creighton
  • Diana Ferrara Scalia
  • Carole Labelle Molson
  • Kathryn Lund Drummond

Members

  • Caroline Biron
  • Rucsandra Calin
  • Bita Cattelan
  • Caroline Codsi
  • Kim A. Drummond
  • Carolina Gallo La Flèche
  • Julie Godin
  • Christine Harkness-Lapointe
  • Jane Howlett
  • Judith Kavanagh
  • Diane Lanctôt
  • Julie Laurence
  • Françoise E. Lyon
  • Christina Miller
  • Gwen Nacos
  • Katrin Nakashima
Meet the Organizing Committee
  • Tuques bleues 2020


    Inspired by the mountain’s storied past, this benefit event invites outdoor enthusiasts to celebrate the tradition of snowshoeing during a festive evening on the summit.

    Honorary president

    • Michel Leblanc
      President and CEO
      Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal

    Organizing Committee

    • Alexandre Beaudoin
    • Éric Bouchard
    • Dominique Codère
    • Jeffrey Drummond
    • Marco Dufour
    • Diana Ferrara Scalia
    • Érik Moisan
    • Joanne Rossy
    • Martin Spalding
    • Robert Tellier
    Meet the Organizing Committee
  • 400 Montréalais

    400 MONTREALERS


    raced or walked up the mountain on snowshoes on February 13, 2020, during the 23rd edition of Tuques Bleues, celebrating a 150-year-old sports tradition

  • Dons Tuques bleues 2020

    150,000 $


    raised in support of Les amis de la montagne’s environmental conservation programs

  • 26 partners


    contributed to the experience at the Kondiaronk Belvedere and Beaver Lake

  • NEARLY 100 VOLUNTEERS


    helped make this event a success

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  • Tuques bleues 2020

    Tuques bleues 2020


    Inspired by the mountain’s storied past, this benefit event invites outdoor enthusiasts to celebrate the tradition of snowshoeing during a festive evening on the summit.

  • Tuques bleues 2020

    400 MONTREALERS


    raced or walked up the mountain on snowshoes on February 13, 2020, during the 23<sup>rd</sup> edition of Tuques Bleues, celebrating a 150-year-old sports tradition

  • Tuques bleues 2020

    150,000 $


    raised in support of Les amis de la montagne’s environmental conservation programs

  • Tuques bleues 2020

    26 partners


    contributed to the experience at the Kondiaronk Belvedere and Beaver Lake

  • Tuques bleues 2020

    NEARLY 100 VOLUNTEERS


    helped make this event a success

 

Donors and Sponsors

Thank you!

We wish to thank the generous supporters who have shown their attachment to Mount Royal by donating $250 or more to Les amis de la montagne between May 1, 2019, and April 30, 2020.

Major Benefactors - $50,000 and more

Groupe Banque TDLogo Fondation EchoPower Corporation du Canada

Mount Royal Circle - $10,000 and more

  • Atrium Innovations
  • Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • Conseil de l'industrie forestière du Québec
  • Succession Joseph H. Vega
  • Ivanhoé Cambridge

See our donors and sponsors

Donateurs et partenaires
 

About Les amis de la montagne

The success of our organization depends on committed individuals who share the same vision for the preservation and conservation of this iconic site.

Find out more about our mission

Membres du conseil d’administration

21

Board members

Board of Directors As at April 30, 2020

president

  • Peter A. Howlett, C.M.

VICE-PRESIDENTS

  • Jeffrey Drummond
  • Louise Roy

TREASURER

  • Sébastien Perron-Carle

SECRETARY

  • Philippe Beauregard

Members

  • Dominique Codère
  • Clément Demers
  • Diana Ferrara Scalia
  • Richard M. Hart
  • Patrick Kenniff
  • Carole Labelle Molson
  • Annick Laberge
  • Me Armand L. C. de Mestral, C.M.
  • Rachel Léger
  • Eugene N. Riesman
  • Robert Tellier
  • Patrick Tobin
  • Peter F. Trent, C.Q., C.D.
  • Marie-Odile Trépanier
  • Peter Vamos

EX OFFICIO

  • Hélène Panaïoti

See our Board of Directors

Comités d’experts

4

expert committees

See our committees

governors

200+

governors

See our governors

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Photographie:

  • Ileana Nielsen
  • Emmy Zemel
  • Frédérique Ménard Aubin
  • Jean-Michel Villanove
  • Samuel Montigné
  • Pixup
  • Michael Vesia
  • Freddy Arcienagas
  • Andrés Palomino
  • Off to montreal
  • Maxime Juneau