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Register for FR/EN hikes by Thursday and Receive a Backpack!

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Exciting news: we have received a donation of several high quality backpacks, and we plan to give them to the first 15 people registered for our upcoming Introduction to Nature and French-English Conversation activity on Thursday evenings!

Requirements to receive a backpack:

  • Register officially by October 6th, 2022, for our full 8-week fall session of “Introduction to Nature and French-English Conversation”.
  • Be one of the first 15 people to register.
  • Come in person to pick up your backpack at 3555 St-Urbain on a Thursday evening after the activity, later on this fall. Exact date to be determined.
  • The backpacks are “as is”: high quality but gently used and with minor defects. See the photo to get an idea!

For more information about our upcoming activity on Thursday evenings: https://www.pleinairinterculturel.com/en/activities/upcoming-activities/introduction-to-nature-and-french-english-conversation/   During our first outing on October 6th, we will show you how to identify various trees of Quebec, while hiking and practicing French and English!

To register: https://www.amilia.com/store/en/armp/shop/activities/4041370

Questions? pleinair@miltonpark.org

Keep On Paddling!

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Our participant Isis wrote about her experience whitewater kayaking for the first time during a course organised by Montreal’s kayak club (CCKEVM) with logistical support from Plein air interculturel. Thank you Isis for this inspiring text!

“When I saw the announcement for this activity, my heart jumped. I’d been wanting to try whitewater kayaking for now a few years, and was about to build up the courage to finally register for a pool course with CCKEVM just prior to the Covid-19 lockdown. But it was not meant to be that way. Once presented with this unique opportunity through the support of Plein Air Interculturel (PAI) I knew I had to do it, and that it wouldn’t be a decision or sacrifice I’d regret. The idea of camping with PAI peers, safely learning a new skill in a trusted group, and bonding over a physically demanding experience was appealing. The entire 4 days proved to be that and much more- a memory for a lifetime, the welcome into a close-knit community as that which is the Montreal-area/Quebec whitewater kayakers. Volunteers who share their passion in a contagious way! 

Quebec’s rivers carry a rich history, expertly paddled by indigenous communities and settlers, leading to flourishing trade and communities that exist to this day; exploring a new area added to the excitement and deeper learning of our region within this thrilling interactive context. 

There are not enough words to describe how beautiful and memorable those two weekends turned out- to be able to share with like-minded folks, focusing on our similarities in spite of our diverse backgrounds and individual stories while learning from each other and challenging ourselves well beyond our comfort zones. I’m so grateful to have had this opportunity, what a wonderful idea and finesse in execution. Following the events of these past years, the disorientation and disconnectedness it brought upon us on an individual and societal levels, the importance of continuing to create and build communities remains more relevant than ever. This was a moment to cherish and I’m grateful to Plein Air Interculturel and CCKEVM for making this special experience possible. I went in not knowing any of the participants on either group and came out with new friends and skills! As we were repeatedly instructed during those days, ?keep on paddling!? Pagaie, pagaie, pagaie!”

Winter 2022 Report!

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We are thrilled to share our winter 2022 report with you. We managed to give 20 in-person cross-country ski lessons, lead 10 snowshoe outings, 3 with partner organisations, lend out 34 pairs of skis for the season, and organize an end of winter “ski party”. We had 186 participations in total.

And now for the report!

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Vegetable box partnership and discount!

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We’re super excited to announce our partnership with Les Jardins Lakou in 2022! Sign up for their weekly vegetable box to: support a Black entrepreneur, protect the environment, AND receive weekly fresh and locally-grown Afro-Caribbean and Quebec vegetables!

Check out the details on their website: https://www.jardinslakou.ca/csa-baskets.html  Get a 5% discount by using our promo code: ARMP2022   

Happy cooking and eating!!!

Go Olivia!

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Here’s a lovely radio interview with Olivia Beteta. Olivia is originally from Guatemala and has been in Montreal for about 10 years. In 2015, Olivia learned to ski with our program. It was frustrating at first, but she stuck with it. Now she teaches her friends and is training for the Gatineau Loppet, an international ski race! Go Olivia! Listen here:

https://www.cbc.ca/listen/live-radio/1-78/clip/15892112

Donate to the Intercultural Outdoor Recreation Program!

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Support our intercultural outdoor activities by making a charitable donation!  We aim to raise $2000 by Dec. 31st to help low-income new Canadians outdoor recreation activities this winter and throughout the coming year. $40 is the average price it takes for us to help one low-income newcomer try a new outdoor activity, defraying the cost of gear and instruction.

Here’s how: click here – https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/montreal-house-of-friendship/ – on the Maison de l’amitié (our program delivery partner)’s online donation page. Follow the donation instructions and be sure to select and indicate “Intercultural Outdoor Recreation”. When you’re done, please e-mail us at pleinair@miltonpark.org to let us know you’ve donated so we can thank you right away! You will receive a charitable receipt on behalf of the Maison de l’amitié de Montréal. We’ll also write to you to tell you exactly who you helped and what they thought of the experience!

Thank you so much for supporting the Intercultural Outdoor Recreation Program, a joint initiative of the Milton Park Recreation Association and the Maison de l’amitié de Montréal (a registered charity).

Trying Camping For the First Time

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On August 7-8th, 2021, a group of 12 mostly first-time campers from around the world tried camping at Récréoparc in Ste-Catherine (on the South shore). The group hailed from pretty much every continent! Thank you sincerely to all of our participants, volunteers, helpers, donators, and to Parks Canada who lent us tents and led camping workshops.

First-time camper Ruben took the time to write down his experience: “I must confess that I was never attracted by nature, but since I arrived to Canada I noticed that outdoor activities are part of the Canadian culture, especially in summer time. As part of my integration, I decided to change many habits and try new things; like food, sports, and learning a new language.

I have never camped, and knowing that I would do it for the first time made me feel very excited. The Récréoparc, located in Saint-Catherine, is a beautiful place, with a lot of trees, some flowers and different animals. We learn how to build the tent and learned useful tricks on how to light a fire, one of the most useful things considering that I could spend up to 30 minutes lighting the coals at any barbecue gathering. We also discovered how smart the raccoons can be in finding food even when the tents are closed, and had the chance to interact with people from all over the world. Spending the night outdoors was one of the best experiences I have ever had. Next day morning we had breakfast and biked for around 20 minutes to the place where we would do the kayak. The experience was the cherry on the cake, we had a lot of fun, and at the end we took a bath on the shore enjoying the beautiful and sunny day. The day ended with a picnic in which we had time to talk and tell the best from our experience.”

Thank you Ruben and thank you group! We hope everyone gets many chances to keep on camping!

Kayaking, Canoeing and Stand-Up Paddleboarding This Summer

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Discover the many ways you can try kayaking, canoeing, stand-up paddleboarding and more, in and around Montreal this summer!

On June 18th, 2021, we hosted a workshop on this topic (in French). Here is the recording of the workshop :  

First half of the workshop: https://youtu.be/wWokoAyo7sISecond half of the workshop: https://youtu.be/e16jwi4Xg0k

You can view the slide presentation here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1gkj20WO_zE8z0YkLTuL7W868U8WiVght/view?usp=sharing

You can consult a table/list of many sites and resources here (also in French): https://drive.google.com/file/d/1zl4ONgcLmJO1fMFJQYv5pBWGBgyPt9JH/view?usp=sharing

To register for our e-newsletter and receive invitations to our upcoming activities, including introduction to stand-up paddleboarding and canoeing, please follow this link: https://my.sendinblue.com/users/subscribe/js_id/26yxu/id/1

Thank you to CARI St-Laurent who co-organised this workshop with us. The Intercultural Outdoor Recreation Program is codelivered by l’Association récréative Milton-Parc and the Maison de l’amitié. We would like to thank Participaction for their support. Participaction aims to help us get physically active during the month of June and all year round!

Reporting on Winter 2021

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We are happy to share this report on our activities during winter 2021, including photos, testimonials and statistics.

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A Beginning Skier Takes On New Challenges!

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Listen to the story of Isis’ adventure after she left our cross-country ski class and headed up Mount Royal on her skis!

Part 1 of the adventure

Part 2

Part 3!