1297 Foret Road and 4601 Chemin de la Cote-des-Neiges, Montreal, QC

Status: Historical Cemeteries


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Before either of these cemeteries existed the indigenous population also buried their dead on the slopes of the mountain.

These two historical cemeteries sit side by side on the slopes of Mount Royal above the city of Montreal. Notre Dame des Neiges, on its own, is the largest cemetery in Canada – third largest in North America.

Together with 2 smaller cemeteries – Shaar Hasomayim (Ashkenazi Jewish) and Temple Emanu-El (Reform Judaism) – there are 1.5 million people interned here.

Mount Royal was founded first – in 1851 – as a Protestant burial ground. Notre Dame was founded in 1854 in direct response to original Roman Catholic cemetery – Sainte-Antoine where present day Dorchester Square sits (see above)– was becoming overcrowded just as Montreal’s population was expanding.

When first founded these two cemeteries were the main Protestant and Roman Catholic cemeteries for the city’s rapidly growing population; hence the fence between them. Both cemeteries are non-denominational now.

There is only one place where this is no fence dividing the cemeteries and that’s in the war graves section of both burial grounds.

Both cemeteries pledge that no grave will ever be reused or abandoned. Both cemeteries were also laid out in the Old European style meaning they were meant to be used as gardens and a park as well as where the dead are laid to rest.

This location is often referred to as the City of the Dead overlooking the City of the Living.


Paranormal Activity

Neither Cemetery is open after dark and the grounds are patrolled by security in cars.

The apparition of an Algonquin warrior is seen standing a bluff overlooking the city. It is thought that his grave was accidentally disturbed by a modern burial site.

It is said as soon as the sun sets shadow figures begin to seep around the grounds of both cemeteries.

Simon McTavish was a rather eccentric Scottish fur baron who decided to built a castle on Mount Royal – in the early 19th century - but he suddenly passed away before its completion. He is not buried with the cemetery grounds but nearby.

His ghost has been seen using his own coffin to toboggan down the slopes of Mount Royal. This became such as an issue in the 19th century the government demolished his castle and buried his mausoleum in the rubble left over.

There are rumors of black masses and other evil ceremonies taking place inside the grounds. The primary reason why the grounds are patrolled by security. Echoes of evil acts that have taken places have been felt by sensitives on the property.

A word of warning; there are numerous stories of entities and ghosts following people home from this location. More than one person has found their home haunted after investigating these cemeteries. Any investigations need to have a sensitive with them to ensure a proper break from the location’s energy and that no one follows them home.

Other Activity: countless apparitions have been reported both in daylight and after dark; shadow figures (as mentioned above); all manner of unexplained noises including loud bangs, phantom footsteps and laughter plus disembodied voices and crying; touches, pulls and pushes from unseen entities; extreme temperature fluctuations; possession; objects moving on their own; electrical disturbances including flashing lights and objects being drained of battery power in minutes or seconds; sudden breezes and winds as well as sudden stillness where no air moves; light anomalies; unexplained mists and fogs including ones that move against the wind; feelings of unease, anxiety, fear, being followed, being watched; not being wanted and not being alone.