Discovery Markers on Mount Royal | Notre-Dame-des-Neiges Cemetery | Montreal

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Escales découvertes on Mount Royal

Located on the Mount Royal Heritage Site, the Cemetery has the privilege of hosting a portion of the Escales découvertes, an initiative of the City of Montréal in celebration of its 375th anniversary.

The project aims to help visitors discover the richness of the Heritage Site's landscape. Composed mainly of 3D maps, stops and clues, the Escales découvertes offer a playful and intuitive way to experience the site. They provide an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the mountain, particularly in terms of its importance in the urban landscape of Montréal.

Discovering the Notre-Dame-des-Neiges's cultural landscape

On the Cemetery site, there is a 3D map (near the Decelles entrance), 7 clues and 5 stops, all made of granite and bronze, noble and perennial materials that blend harmoniously into the natural landscape.

The 3D map, placed on a cylindrical base, informs and orients by means of a model reproducing the relief of the place, thus facilitating the understanding of the space.

The clues are presented in the form of truncated and inclined cones, some of which are crossed by a "vein" that directs the eye towards an element of the landscape. They allow you to sit or to climb them to gain a new point of view on the surroundings. The clues are accompanied by short literary messages referring to the surrounding landscape.

The stops invite you to contemplate the interior views of the mountain. They are adorned with short poems composed especially for each location. On the Cemetery site, you can find the words of Pierre Nepveu, Erin Moure, Paul Bélanger, Daniel Canty and Chantal Neveu.

"The five stops in the Notre-Dame-des-Neiges Cemetery are located near the dedicated interior views. [They] offer experiences of the different landscape units of the cemetery: plain, plateau rise, the plateau and the plateau prominence.

Each stop is defined as a consecrated place within which a renewed experience of the Heritage Site is proposed, and particularly the visual horizon offered from the stop on the interior landscapes of the cemetery. Simple geometric forms are used to refer to the emblematic nature of geometry in religious architecture (circle, ellipse). A granite border on the ground defines the enclosure and marks the threshold. The border splits to reveal a granite bench."

From the project brief, October 2018

You can discover the stops and clues that line the territory of Notre-Dame-des-Neiges by consulting the Cemetery map.

A project that has won recognition

The Escales découvertes have won several architecture and design awards:

2019 National Merit, Canadian Society of Landscape Architects Award of Excellence

2018 Winner, Urban Fragments category, National Urban Design Awards, Royal Architectural Institute of Canada.

2018 Award of Excellence, Placemaking & Identity category, Society for Expriential Graphic Design.


An initiative of the City of Montreal, this project was made possible thanks to the financial support of the Government of Quebec.

Ville de montréal        Gouvernement du Québec
Environment Notre-Dame-des-Neiges : A Haven for Biodiversity Recognized by L'espace pour la vie
General Notre-Dame-des-Neiges Cemetery will be open on Mother's Day
General Ice Storm Damages on site
General Notre-Dame-des-Neiges Cemetery Devastated by the Ice Storm
General The Notre-Dame-des-Neiges Cemetery will open for families of the deceased starting March 31
General Notre-Dame-des-Neiges Cemetery soon to be opened to families of the deceased
General Negotiate reasonably to remain an employer of choice while ensuring the Cemetery's sustainability
General Minimizing impacts and focusing on negotiation
Environment Notre-Dame-des-Neiges Cemetery and its Green Plan meet the needs of families as well as Montreal’s biodiversity
Environment The Union des artistes and the Artists’ Foundation associate themselves with the Notre-Dame-des-Neiges Cemetery green plan
General Opening of the Cemetery on Sundays
General Reminder: holiday season and flowers in mausoleums
Environment A look back on the first year of our green plan and next steps
Environment Escales découvertes on Mount Royal
General The Cemetery to welcome visitors on Thanksgiving and All Saints Day
General Contemplation Once Again Possible at the Notre-Dame-de-la-Résurrection Chapel
Environment Leave No Trace at Notre-Dame-des-Neiges
Flora & Fauna Groundhog Season
Grief The Cemetery Commemorates Canadian Veterans
Environment Remembrance Grove Welcomes Its First Resident
General Ordonnance d'injonction contre le syndicat des employés des opérations
General Activities continue at Notre-Dame-des-Neiges Cemetery despite the Office Employees Union strike
Environment The Cemetery Adopts the City of Montreal's Pollinator protection plan: 2022-2027 objective
Environment The green plan for Notre-Dame-des-Neiges Cemetery is real and it works