On Saturday August 27, the 82nd Montreal Guiding Unit started off the new Guiding year with a “Welcome Back to Guiding Event” at Parc Mont Royal. Last spring, the girls in our unit really wanted to spend a day at Parc Mont Royal but we were not able to schedule it so we made it a “Welcome Back” activity.
We started our day at the SPVM cavalry. The SPVM has 9 horses as part of the cavalry and they are housed at Parc Mont Royal so that they can patrol the park. Agt Chantal Bouchard and Agt Dominic Merette gave us a tour of the museum where we learned about the history of the SPVM cavalry and the girls got to dress up in police uniforms. We then went to the stable where we learned about the horses and each girl got to pet them…one of the highlights of the day! After receiving some souvenirs from the police officers, we went to the outside paddocks and took photos with horses there.
Then, we sat down for a quick picnic lunch near Maison Smith. We then separated for our “urban/nature scavenger hikes.” The Sparks and Brownies walked to Beaver Lake where they discovered a waterfall and playground. At the playground we even met another Spark from our District! The Guides hiked to the Chalet where they took in breathtaking views of the city.
After our hikes, we all met up together at Maison Smith and had a well deserved ice cream!
It was a great way to start the new Guiding year!
Blog post by Patricia Tellis. Photos were taken by Patricia, Jessica Ganten and Veronica Heffernan. All three Guiders are with the 82nd Montreal Guiding unit.