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A day trip... without your car!


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Do you love winter sports but hate the idea of spending tons of money on car rentals or gas? Do you want to fight the winter blues and still be green? Are you looking for a cheap way to get out of the city on weekends (and maybe make some new friends)? Well, looks like you've come to the right place!
Today's piece is all about Randonnée Aventure.

What is Randonnée Aventure?
It's a volunteer-run organization made up of approximately 300 members. It helps Montrealers get out of the city and stay active year round. This means skiing and snowshoeing in the winters and hibking, cycling and walking in the summers. Best of all, you don't need a car!

How it works
* You pay a $25 yearly fee. (I had written earlier that this covers your first trip, but actually, that's not true. Usually you'd have to pay a one time charge of $25 plus whatever the cost of your trip--be it ski or cycling or one of the longer overnight trips). Thanks to Bob Yarnold for correcting this.
* You meet up with the Randonnée bus at one of the Metro pick up points
* If it's a ski trip, you pay $39 for the day. This includes transport and trail passes.
* You meet a bunch of enthusiastic and experienced people who can help you discover a sport you've never tried (um, that would be any winter sport for me!)
* You reserve your spot and go on the trips that interest you and skip the ones that don't.
* A few times a year, Randonnee will go on longer trips (several nights). Those cost more $272 and up.

The environment
First of all, getting 50 people on a bus is saving all the fossil fuels individual vehicles would consume. Plus, in the summer, members perform "trail maintenance". This means they go on commonly used trails and trim branches, pick up litter and otherwise make that trail more hospitable for other hikers. How considerate!

If you want more info, check out their website. Or call them: (514) 489-0339 or drop them an email: info@randonnee.ca

And tonight I want to hear from you: Would you get on a bus with 49 people you don't know and head out for some winter sports? Have you done this? What was it like? Leave me a comment or call our Talkback Line: (514) 597-5626

Plus, you can watch the video:
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Robert Yarnold

Montreal

Hi Geeta. We spoke a couple of times - I am the President of Randonnee Aventure.
Thanks for featuring our club on your show.
There is a little problem: the club does not offer a free first trip as Veronica suggested. What we do offer is one trial trip before becoming a member. As a not-for-profit organization, we can't afford too many free trips!
Would it be possible to remove this reference from the web posting?
In reference to your query about boarding a bus with 50 strangers - it's not for nothing our motto is "Montreal's friendly outdoor club" I can personally vouch for this.
By the way, you would be most welcome to participate on one of our skiing. hiking or cycling trips.
Bob Yarnold

Posted February 17, 2009 08:33 AM

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