Name: Jean Yves Pelletier
Date: May 03, 2015
Time: 3:00 PM
Duration: 2.0 hr
Language: English
Start: Cemetery entrance, 455 Montreal Road, Ottawa
End: Cemetery entrance
Area: 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)



Photo:  Notre-Dame Cemetery in winter.

The walk 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 help 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 walking tours of the cemetery since 2003. In 2009, he published a book on the history of the cemetery, Ottawa Notre Dame Cemetery,  that provides short biographies of the well-known people that are buried there.