Thousands of Montrealers are expected to roll up their sleeves this weekend for the city’s annual spring cleanup, la Grande Corvée.
Neighbourhoods across the city are inviting residents of all ages to help pick up litter and tidy up their local parks, alleyways and sidewalks.
One of this weekend’s events includes the 22nd annual Mount Royal Park cleanup this Sunday.
A spokeswoman for les Amis de la Montagne, an organization that works to protect and promote the mountain, says previous cleanups have been a success. Gabrielle Korn says she expects a full turnout this weekend.
"People want to participate. Montrealers love their mountain," said Korn.
Volunteers will be able to register between 8:45 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. on Sunday at the Mount Royal Chalet. Activities will include garbage removal, tree planting and the removal of invasive plant species.
Across Montreal, 14,000 volunteers are expected to participate in the cleanup, the biggest of its kind in Canada.
"Collectively, we can go farther … Cleanliness is everybody’s business," said Christian Dubois, the Montreal executive committee member responsible for citizen services.
"By participating in the cleanup, Montrealers will have the satisfaction of taking concrete action to make their neighbourhoods more attractive."