The Morgan Arboretum is a 245 hectare forested reserve, situated on the McGill University Macdonald Campus in Ste. Anne de Bellevue on the western tip of the island of Montreal. The Arboretum is open daily throughout the year from 9 am to visitors who can walk and ski its trails in season. The public contributes to the development and maintenance of the Arboretum through the Morgan Arboretum Association, a non-profit organization.
In addition to an expanse of natural woodland containing examples of most of Quebec's native trees, the property supports 18 collections of trees and shrubs, from across the world, that include fir, oak, birch, maple, linden, spruce and flowering trees. The Arboretum is also home to 30 species of mammals, 20 species of reptiles and amphibians, and over 170 species of migratory and overwintering birds.
Snowshoeing Among the Trees
A 5km dedicated trail for afficianados of the "raquette" is opened each winter.
Starting from behind the Arboretum's office in Pines Cottage this beautiful trail takes you through some of the hidden corners of the Arboretum.
A "virtual" tour of the trail may be enjoyed from the comfort of your fireside by simply clicking this link
There is an admission charge
The Morgan Arboretum is in the northern part of Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue at the extreme western tip of the island of Montreal. To reach us:
Highway 40- Take exit 41 for Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue and follow the signs for Chemin Ste-Marie. Turn left at the stop sign at the top of the hill onto Chemin des Pins and follow the signs for the Pines Office.
Highway 20- Take exit 39 for Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue and follow the signs for Highway 40. As you pass the the Veteran's Hospital, follow the signs for "40 ouest", stay to the left and take Chemin Ste-Marie. Turn left at the stop sign at the top of the hill onto Chemin des Pins and follow the signs for the Pines Office
PARK ENTRANCE FEE: $7
ORGANIZER FEE: $3
MEMBERS MUST BRING YOUR OWN SNOWSHOES. YOU CANNOT RENT SNOWSHOES AT MORGAN ARBORETUM.
FOR DRIVING DIRECTIONS OR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT MORGAN ARBORETUM By telephone:
Need a ride? You must email a driver and ask for a ride - it is not acceptable to state "I need a ride" and expect people to offer you space in their car. Update your RSVP comment to state "I have a ride with XYZ". You must have a confirmed ride (or, if you are driving & no passengers. Gas contribution $10.00 person
Have room in your car? Please indicate in your RSVP if you can take passengers and how many. Please update the number of remaining seats in your car. Exchange cell or home tel. numbers in case of last minute changes or emergency.
You, the reader, acknowledge that participation in a hiking activity carries with it inherent risks including, but not limited to, the risk of injury. And you, the reader, freely accept and fully assume all such risk(s). It is the responsibility of each participant of a trip to familiarize themselves with the risks of hiking and other activities including but not limited to snow-shoeing, to weigh those risks against the advantages, and to decide whether or not to participate. The hiking club executive, organizers, and members cannot and will not assume liability in respect of any of these risks, dangers, hazards and liabilities. Participants further acknowledge that it is their responsibility to ensure that they carry adequate medical, extended health, dental and accident insurance coverage, as well as protection for personal possessions. It is the participant’s individual responsibility to verify that they are in good health and are physically capable of carrying out the hiking activity or any activity organized by the hiking club. Therefore, in consideration of being allowed to participate, individuals release the hiking club, and it's organizers, executive, web masters, email senders and members from all liability in respect of any personal injury suffered, any damage or loss of personal property, which may arise out of participation in a hiking club activity.
THE MEETUP UP WILL BE CANCELLED IF SNOW STORM OR FREEZING RAIN IS IN THE WEATHER FORECAST THE DAY OF EVENT. THE MEETUP WILL BE CANCELLED IF TEMPERATURE GOES BELOW 15C.
A message will be posted on the meetup site by 8:00 am if the event is to be cancelled. The meetup may be cancelled due to unknow circumstances but members will be told 24 hours in advance with a message on the meetup site.
THE MEETUP TEAM.
For Information Contact John[masked]
ITEMS CARRIED IN DAY PACK:
1. Whistle (to signal your whereabouts if lost or hurt) / un sifflet (pour signaler, si tu est perdu ou blessé)
2. Medical kit (for blisters, cuts, etc.) / trousse de premiers soins (pour ampoules, blessures, etc.)
3. Emergency survival blanket (if you are lost or hurt, to keep warm while waiting for assistance) / Couverture ou sac de survie (si perdu ou blessé, pour rester chaud en attente de l’aide)
4. Disposable rain poncho (available at dollar stores)
5. Flash-light and matches in a waterproof container.
NEW RATING SYSTEM FOR MEETUPS & HIKES FOR 2016
All meetups & hikes will be now numerically rated. The ratings are included in the meetup description. The explanation that follows will help the new member to determine the appropriate level of meetup or hike to choose and thereby avoid unpleasant surprises. When in doubt, it is important to choose
cautiously.The main factors that determine the degree of difficulty of a hiking trail are 1) the roughness of the terrain and 2) the steepness and length of the ascents and descents. Other factors are trail length and total elevation gain. A note on roughness of the terrain: the surfaces of the trails we hike vary considerably. You might encounter a relatively even path through a forest, a rocky trail with many tree roots, steep rock slabs, sudden short ups and downs, boulder-strewn trails where “rock-hopping” is necessary, and short scrambles up rock faces. The terrain on a Level I hike is reasonably straightforward and the degree of difficulty increases as you go from one level to the next.Here is an example to put these categories in perspective. Start walking east at Décarie and Sherbrooke. At Peel and Sherbrooke, turn left and climb up to Pine, then continue to the lookout chalet on Mount Royal. Now retrace your steps. You’ve covered 6-7 miles and climbed about 500 feet. So far this fits our description of a Level 1 hike. However, the terrain is very smooth and regular, and there are almost no steep pitches. On a normal Level 1 hike you would encounter terrain that is rougher and more uneven, and probably a few short, steep ascents.Reasonably fit people should feel comfortable doing a Level 1, 2 or 3 hike. However, Level 4 and 5 hikes are fairly strenuous and recommended only for experienced and fast hikers. Poor weather conditions will usually make a trail more difficult, so keep this in mind when selecting your meetup & hike.
Level 1 BEGINNERS LEVEL
– elevation gain between 500 feet and 1000 feet
– distance of about 5 to 7 miles
– a few short, steep sections
– relatively even terrain
Level 2 INTERMEDIATE LEVEL
– elevation gain between 1000 feet and 1500 feet
– distance of about 5.5 to 7.5 miles
– some steep sections
– uneven terrain
Level 3 INTERMEDIATE & ADVANCE LEVEL
– elevation gain between 1500 feet and 2500 feet
– distance of about 6 to 7.5 miles
– several long, steep sections
– rough terrain
Level 4 ADVANCE LEVEL
– elevation gain between 2500 feet and 3000 feet
– distance of about 7 to 9 miles
– frequent long, steep sections
– rough terrain, some scrambling
Level 5 ADVANCE LEVEL
– elevation gain between 3000 feet and 5000 feet
– distance of about 8 to 12 miles
– many long, steep sections
– often very rough terrain, more scrambling
THE MEETUP TEAM.
Refunds are not offered for this Meetup.