The Friends of the Mount Royal Cemetery presents another busy year of free activities for the public

Please join us as we launch our activities with the Annual Photography Exhibition and Bird-watching Tours & Talks followed by the Spring Tree Tours held in English on Saturday the 23rd and in French on Sunday the 24th.


“Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life and holding it still”
…Dorothea Lange, American documentary photographer

Saturday May 23rd and Sunday May 24th from 1 to 4:00 p.m.
Vernissage: 1 p.m. on Saturday / Awards Ceremony 4:30 p.m. on Sunday
The vernissage will feature the enchanting music of Harpist, Suzanne Vézina

Bird watching and Illustrated Talks begin at 8:30 am at the main entrance of the Mount Royal Cemetery, 1297 Chemin de la Forêt in Outremont. Following the tour join us for refreshments in the Complex. Illustrated Talks begin at 11am and both days conclude with everyone cordially invited to our 9th Annual Photography Exhibition.

On Saturday, May 23rd the English tour and talk is led by Joël Coutu, a field guide leader, wild bird specialist/consultant and lecturer in ecology and the conservation of birds. His Illustrated Talk is entitled Our Amazing Raptors: A wonderful introduction to the birds of prey in Quebec and the world. During this interesting and informative presentation you will learn some interesting facts about their behavior and their differences, and why people are fascinated by raptors.

On Sunday May 24th the French tour and talk is led by Alain Goulet, a graduate of the University of Guelph (B.Sc. Wildlife Biology) and owner of the birding store Centre de conservation de la faune ailée – Nature Expert in Montreal. His Illustrated Talk is entitled “BIEN ÉQUIPÉ POUR L’OBSERVATION D’OISEAUX”. From his 30 years of experience in the field Alain has acquired a tremendous amount of material and will show you the standard equipment and the latest technologies on the market. Alain has also helped design equipment for birders and during this interesting and informative presentation you will learn a variety of observation tips concerning the equipment required and the different techniques to practice.

Belvedere Cemetery and Funeral ComplexCemetery
Mount Royal Commemorative
Services can proudly say that the tradition of history that is
synonymous with Mount Royal Cemetery will continue with the
development of the new Belvedere Cemetery and Funeral Complex
located in the West-Island. This is the first cemetery property to be opened in the province of Quebec in recent years and will continue in the “Mount Royal” tradition with all burial rights sold in true perpetuity.

You are cordially invited to the OPEN HOUSE of the Belvedere Cemetery and Funeral Complex Sunday, June 14th from 1 pm to 4 pm 22025 route Trans-Canada in Senneville (Exit 40 off Highway 40 West)


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Camera Shy by Doris Potter 2014

The Spring Tree Tours are led by Gerry Bull, who has expert knowledge of the trees found in the Mount Royal Cemetery home to over 100 species of trees. Please join Gerry as he leads these tours beginning at the main entrance of the cemetery at 1 p.m. in English on Saturday May 23rd and in French on Sunday May 24th.

Spring marks the resurgence of life after the long winter, and by late May the cemetery trees are bursting into life. The maples will have long since bloomed, starting with the silver and then the red maples in April, and will be in full leaf and loaded with samaras. Both the male and female ginkgos are in bloom in late May, as are the more showy hawthorns, black cherries, crabapples, mountain ash and lilacs. The male catkins of the birches, alders, ironwood, musclewood and hazels are coming to the end of their long winter vigil as the female catkins begin to appear.

For information or to register for any of these tours please contact Andrew Sarrasin at [email protected] or (514) 279-7358

Mount Royal Cemetery was founded in 1852, remains a very active cemetery today and has become part of our heritage for more than 160 years. It’s beautiful landscape and relics from the past make it a peaceful haven for many visitors and houses treasures of art and architecture which are reminders of the past and should be preserved for the benefit of all.

The Friends of the Mount Royal Cemetery is a charitable entity which was formed in 1998 to help preserve and promote the tremendous natural and historical treasure that the Mount Royal Cemetery has become since its founding in 1852. The Friends of the Mount Royal Cemetery achieves this through fundraising campaigns and its free annual activities for the public as well as specific projects pertaining to the preservation of the site. Since 2000, it has raised funds for projects which pursue its objectives of preservation and promotion of Mount Royal Cemetery.

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