Famous figures

Many distinguished figures from the worlds of the arts, politics, intellectual life and sports are interred in Notre-Dame-des-Neiges Cemetery. One of the oldest is François Thoronhiongo of the Huron First Nation, who died at the age of 100 in 1690. His remains were exhumed from the old Ville-Marie cemetery and interred in Concession G2 in 1993.

Here are just a few of the other great men and women whose names you’ll recognize:

Film and TV stars

Roger Baulu, Gratien Gélinas, Olivier Guimond, Ambroise Lafortune ("Le Père Ambroise"), Ovila Légaré, Jean-Pierre Masson, Jacques Normand, Odette Oligny, Denise Pelletier, Marie Travers ("La Bolduc")

Painters, sculptors, architects

Ernest Cormier, Clarence Gagnon, Louis-Philippe Hébert, Jean-Paul Riopelle

Writers, poets

Philippe Aubert de Gaspé, Marie-Claire Daveluy, Émile Nelligan, Alice Parizeau

Sports figures

René Lecavalier, Maurice Richard, Jean ("Johnny") Rougeau

Political leaders

Robert Bourassa, Sir Georges-Étienne Cartier, Jean Drapeau, Thomas d’Arcy McGee, Honoré Mercier, Jeanne Sauvé

Many other distinguished names besides these make a stroll through Notre-Dame-des-Neiges Cemetery an enriching and stimulating experience. To learn about them all, including the locations of their graves, simply read the booklet we’ve designed, which you can download in PDF format.


Twenty mayors of Montreal are buried here, including Jean Drapeau, Camillien Houde, the Honourable Alphonse Desjardins and Dr. William Hales Hingston.

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