Notre-Dame-des-Neiges Cemetery, Montreal

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Founded in 1854, Cimetière Notre-Dame-des-Neiges is a 343acre cemetery located in the borough of Côte-des-Neiges-Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The entrance and the grounds run along a part of Côte-des-Neiges road and up the slopes of Mount Royal. Notre-Dame-des-Neiges Cemetery is the largest cemetery in Canada and the third-largest in North America.
Created on property purchased from Dr. Pierre Beaubien, the new cemetery was a response to growing demand at a time when the old Saint-Antoine Cemetery (near present-day Dorchester Square) had become too small to serve Montreal’s rapidly increasing population. Founded in 1854 as a garden cemetery in the French style, it was designed by landscape architect Henri-Maurice Perreault, who studied rural cemeteries in Boston and New York. On May 29, 1855, thirty-five-year-old Jane Gilroy McCready, wife of Thomas McCready, then a Montreal municipal councillor, was the first person to be buried in the new cemetery.
Notre-Dame-des-Neiges is the largest cemetery in Canada with more than 55 kilometres of lanes and one million people interred. The Notre-Dame-des-Neiges Cemetery site has more than 65,000 monuments and 71 family vaults.
The cemetery originally served Roman Catholics and rural French Canadians. It is now open to any Christian, though it continues to be a Catholic institution and serve a primarily Catholic community. (There are also two Jewish cemeteries adjoining it on Mount Royal.) Italian, Portuguese, Japanese, Orthodox Greek, Polish, Ukrainian and Huron are also represented, indicated in many instances by ethnic motifs on gravestones. The cemetery shares the mountain with the predominantly English-speaking and originally Protestant adjacent burial ground, the Mount Royal Cemetery. These two abutting cemeteries on the slopes of Mount Royal contain a total of 1.5 million burials. Take a look at our Montreal online attractions planner to schedule your visit to Notre-Dame-des-Neiges Cemetery and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • If you ask them to send you information they do not they aren't too Keen on dealing with people. I must have contacted them now up at four times and they still wouldn't get back to me  more »
  • This Catholic Cemetery is located on part of the Mount Royal Mountain. It is the biggest one in Montreal and has some important historic people buried here. You can stroll around slowly in car or.....  more »
  • One of the most beautiful cemeteries. Peaceful and respectful by staff members and users. Great for nature and wildlife photography. Walks are very peaceful. Stunning trees, nice plots and grounds, and well maintained (except for that year they we’re on strike!!!). Lots of history here and a lot of artists are buried at this fine cemetery. Beautiful elevation from the mountain makes this cemetery very graceful.
  • Great place for a relaxing walk and photo opportunity
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