An Exceptional Place | Notre-Dame-des-Neiges Cemetery


An Exceptional Place

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Haven of Nature, Place of Contemplation, National Historic Site

The largest cemetery in the country, Notre-Dame-des-Neiges is the resting place of nearly one million deceased persons, including many public figures. As such, it plays an important role as a guardian of the national memory, a role recognized by its status as a National Historic Site of Canada. Located in an incomparable natural environment within the Mount Royal heritage site, Notre-Dame-des-Neiges has over 13,500 trees, including many rare or remarkable specimens.


Located in the heart of the Mount Royal heritage site, Notre-Dame-des-Neiges Cemetery has always developed and managed its activities with respect for its remarkable environment.


Inspired by the design of the Père-Lachaise cemetery in Paris, the first Notre-Dame-des-Neiges architects sought to strike a balance between classical styles and honouring nature. It is a romantic monumental cemetery with tree-lined paths, designed by two influential architects.


Founded in 1854, Notre-Dame-des-Neiges is a Catholic cemetery open to all faiths. It ensures that nearly one million deceased rest in respect and dignity, provides comfort and serenity, and offers a spiritual space where grieving families can reflect.