The Fabrique de la paroisse Notre-Dame de Montréal has owned and managed the Notre-Dame-des-Neiges cemetery since 1854. The cemetery is one of the jewels of Montreal's religious, cultural, historical and architectural heritage. Throughout the site and the monuments, we witness the story of thousands of people unfold before our eyes.

The cemetery has evolved and adapted to the great developments of funeral rites, to better meet the needs of the population.

Today, Notre-Dame-des-Neiges is the largest cemetery in Canada. Nearly one million deceased are buried there.

Here are the highlights of its history...

Funerary Heritage

Inaugurated in 1854, Notre-Dame-des-Neiges Cemetery contains precious heritage resources to which the municipal, provincial and federal governments have attributed various historical statutes.



Notre-Dame-des-Neiges Cemetery is the largest cemetery in Canada and the third-largest in North America.

In their effort to balance French classicism with a feel for nature – here is how the cemetery has been designed.

The evolution of funerary rites


Notre-Dame-des-Neiges Cemetery has always listened to society and been attentive to the evolution of funeral practices. Those changes had impact on the cemetery history and development.

Famous people


Notre-Dame-des-Neiges Cemetery is home to nearly a million deceased. Among them, some individuals have marked the history of our society in the fields of the arts, politics, history, architecture, and business world.