Heritage

Founded over 150 years ago, Notre-Dame-des-Neiges Cemetery contains precious heritage resources, now protected by legislation passed by the City of Montreal, the Province of Quebec and the Government of Canada over the course of the past two decades.

This historic legacy is comprised of the cemetery’s funerary monuments, which constitute a virtual "archives in stone," as well as its commemorative works, such the famous Monument to the Patriots.

The numerous works of art that adorn the cemetery’s mausoleums are another significant religious and artistic legacy.

A number of our institutional buildings are also part of Quebec’s architectural heritage. Two prominent examples are the Resurrection Chapel built in 1856, and the Jarry-Henrichon House, dating from 1751 and rebuilt at its present location in 1957.

Our cemetery also features a noteworthy ecological legacy, as the flora and fauna on this part of Mount Royal are particularly rich and varied. You can read more about the cemetery’s plants and animals in section Nature

The major task of managing this legacy is handled by specialized staff, supported, where necessary, by distinguished scholars and professionals.

Various publications have been developed in order to share the ever-growing body of knowledge about our heritage. Our Répertoire de personnages, which lists the many famous and historic figures interred in the cemetery, is available for reference or purchase. Another book, Le cimetière Notre-Dame-des-Neiges, with magnificent photo illustrations, looks back over the cemetery’s 150 year history. A new series of monographs entitled Mémoire et histoire (Memory and History) has also been launched.

Make a donation to the cemetery

The Notre-Dame-des-Neiges Cemetery is a non-profit volunteer organization responsible for the preservation and enhancement of the major architectural, artistic, historic and religious legacy of the Fabrique de la paroisse Notre Dame de Montréal. All donations in support of our work are welcome.

You can mail your donation to

Notre-Dame-des-Neiges Cemetery
4601 Côte-des-Neiges Road
Montreal QC
H3V 1E7
or make your donation in person the next time you visit. Donations can be made by cheque, credit card or cash. Please do not send cash by mail. All donations are eligible for an official tax receipt.

Thank you for your contribution. For further information, please contact Francine Mc Duff at 514-735-1361 or info@cimetierenddn.org.

DID YOU KNOW...?

In 1931 a replica of the grotto where the Virgin Mary appeared to Bernadette Soubirous was built on the upper reaches of the cemetery. This grotto was blessed on August 7, 1932, by the Archbishop of Paris, who sealed into the grotto a piece of stone taken from the original Massabielle rock grotto at Lourdes. The grotto has since been converted into family crypts, though its original form is still recognizable.

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