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Notre-Dame-des-Neiges, 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.History and descriptionCreated 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 the present Dominion Square) had become too small to serve Montreal’s rapidly increasing population. On May 29, 1855, Mrs. Jane Gilroy, wife of Thomas McCready, then a Montreal municipal councilor, 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 over 65,000 monuments and 71 family vaults.The cemetery was originally open only to Roman Catholics; it is now open to any Christian, though it continues to be a Catholic institution and serve a primarily Catholic community. Primarily the interment grounds for French Canadians, as they have almost exclusively been members of the Roman Catholic faith.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.
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  • Beautiful, if I may say so about the cemetery. We saw him only from the car window, but I was struck by its clarity, neatness, order. It amazes me how the local authorities monitor and care for the State of their ancient cemeteries. An ambiguous impression.
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  • To discover a bit of history through entries making their time. Promenade which is worth especially in the fall. A beautiful view on the mountain of Mont-Royal and who knows of or the sunset.
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  • In a huge green area of 139 hectares is a huge cemetery that we visit by car. The graves are in height and some are so large that looks like small houses. The place is not paying to enter
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  • TERRIBLE SERVICE. I've been waiting for more than a month to have a writing done, to learn that there are mistakes, after it's been verified more then three times, and to finally learn thats it's been done 2 weeks ago. It was half paid when they kept calling me to pay the other half. Once the half was paid no more calls, not even a courtesy call! Really not cool at all!
  • Beautiful location to respectfully enjoy some of the history of the city. I love reading the old dates, and there are some great sites here.
  • Peaceful and beautiful location that is worth a visit during early summer or after a snow fall (near sunset) to take interesting photographs. Many famous/historic figures are buried here and wild life, including foxes and racoons, run between the graves.
  • I have never been there but looking at pictures and what I have read about the place, it seems to be a quiet warm place to bury your loved ones...I hope all the angels there will watch over Rene-Celine dion husband...
  • Great cemetary that watche over many great Canadian an U S citizens. look out for my uncle.