Nom: Jean Yves Pelletier
Jour: mai 05, 2013
Heure: 3:00 PM
Durée: 2.0 hr
Langue: English
Départ: Cemetery entrance, 455 Montreal Road, Ottawa
Fin: Cemetery entrance
Quartier: Vanier
Distance: 1.0 km
There are unpaved paths and uneven ground.

Ottawa's Notre Dame Cemetery: sacred space, social space and a 'lieu de mémoire' (place of memory)


Ottawa's Notre Dame Cemetery is the National Capital Region's largest Roman Catholic cemetery with more than 125,000 people buried there and some 35,000 monuments.



Note:  the date of this walk has been changed to Sunday (May 5)

Photo:  Notre-Dame Cemetery in winter.

The visit will be conducted in the older sections of the cemetery, near Montreal Road and St. Laurent Boulevard, moving on to the centre of the cemetery, then returning to the entrance. The guided tour will comment on and make you discover the conceptional elements that characterize this religious, cultural, historical, and environmental heritage space. Participants will undoubtedly recognize the names of famous figures who are buried here. In addition to stops at monuments, mausoleums, and a columbarium, visitors can also observe the natural habitat of small wildlife and the trees and shrubs that shelter them.

Cette promenade a également lieu en français.


Jean Yves is a historical resources consultant, and with the assistance of local community, cultural and heritage organizations, Jean Yves has led annual visits at the cemetery since 2003. In 2009, he published a book on the history of the cemetery that provides short biographies of the well-known people that are buried there.