This week's outing will be on Sunday, August 2nd, rather than the usual Saturday. In fact the next three outings will be held on Sundays, due to previous committments. After visiting a number of out of town locations in the past few weeks, this week we return to the heart of Montreal, for a visit to the Mount Royal Cemetery and Mount Royal Park.
DATE: Sunday, August 2, 2009
TIME: 8:00 AM – Half-day outing; walking trip
MEETING PLACE: The main north gates of the cemetery, on chemin de la Foret in Outremont. Free parking is available on the street and in the visitors parking spaces just inside the gates.
DRIVING INSTRUCTIONS: Chemin de la Foret is accessible from two different directions. If coming from the west, you can take Cote Ste-Catherine Road east from Decarie across the mountain to Mont-Royal Blvd. Turn left on Mont-Royal and follow it west to ch. de la Foret up to the gates. From the north, south or east, take Mont-Royal Blvd. west off of Park Avenue and follow it up to the gates. Public
transport will get you to the corner of Mont-Royal and Park Avenue. From there it is about a 10-minute walk heading west along Mont-Royal/ch. de la Foret to the gates of the cemetery.
ITINERARY: We will visit several of the hot spots of the cemetery, including Mount Murray and Mountain View. Many birds nest here each year. Eastern Bluebirds, Indigo Buntings, House Wrens, Gray Catbirds, Brown Thrashers, Cedar Waxwings, Red-eyed Vireos, Ruby-throated Hummingbirds are just some of the usual residents. In addition, we will continue on to Mount Royal Park, exploring some of the trails around Beaver Lake and the chalet.
This will be a lengthy walk so be prepared with some comfortable walking shoes.
If you have any question, please feel free to contact me by e-mail, or by telephone at 450-462-1459. If you need to reach me on Saturday morning, please call me on the BPQ cellphone at 514-637-2141.
I look forward to seeing everyone on Sunday morning.