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 Mount Royal Cemetery is one of the oldest rural garden cemeteries in North America and has been an integral part of the Montreal Community since its founding in 1852. The serene landscapes and remnants from the past make it a peaceful place of beauty and reality for visitors, and the abundant flowering shrubs and fruit trees provide a safe haven for small wildlife.

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“Lookout for a Bluebird” – 2015 Art Exhibition:
Courtesy of Mary Hughson©

The many aspects of the cemetery also provide great inspiration to artists and photographers alike accounting for both the Annual Art exhibition celebrating its 15th anniversary and the Annual Photography exhibition celebrating its 10th anniversary this year!

We certainly hope you will join us for these juried exhibitions, and we take this opportunity to invite you to register for one or both of them. You may exhibit a maximum of six works in each exhibition, among which, along with your other works, we ask that you display at least one work portraying some aspect that captures the beauty and serenity of this renowned garden cemetery.

If you are looking for a unique venue in which to display your favourite works join us in these popular exhibitions in the beautiful and unique setting of the Mount Royal Funeral Complex.

All works should fit within
the theme of this year’s exhibitions


May 28th and 29th from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Vernissage: 1:00 p.m. Saturday /
Awards Ceremony: 4:30 p.m. Sunday


August 27th and 28th from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Vernissage: 1:00 p.m. Saturday /
Awards Ceremony: 4:30 p.m. Sunday

Please register early as space is limited. To register and for information please contact Andrew Sarrasin at the Mount Royal Cemetery. 514-279-7358 or [email protected]

For nature lovers we will again host our popular Bird-Watching Tours and illustrated talks led in French by Joël Coutu on May 28th and in English by Alain Goulet on May 29th. The popular Spring Tree Tours will be led again by Jerry Bull in both languages on those same dates respectively. He will also lead the Fall Tree Tours in French on September 17th and in English on September 18th.

For the history buffs, Myriam Cloutier, Director of Heritage Programs at Mount Royal Cemetery will lead our timeless Historical Walking Tours in French on August 27th and September 17th, she will also lead the same tours in English on August 28th and September 18th.

Thank you to Mary Hughson and Chuck Kling for their generosity in contributing to this article!

Some details are still in the planning stages with more information available in the coming weeks on our website and in The Montrealer.

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