The Friends of the Mount Royal Cemetery organization has successfully preserved and promoted the extraordinary natural and historical treasure that the Mount Royal Cemetery has become since its establishment in 1852. Their unwavering commitment has safeguarded valuable artifacts and revitalized their historical importance, preserving Mount Royal Cemetery’s legacy for future generations.
The Friends of the Mount Royal Cemetery are committed to promoting and enriching the Cemetery through various initiatives. One significant aspect of their ongoing projects involves the caring restoration of abandoned monuments. Each summer, a dedicated effort is made to clean and clear old monuments, removing obstructing vegetation and repairing those that have fallen or suffered damage. Additionally, faded inscriptions on granite monuments are meticulously repainted, ensuring they are legible and easily readable. Furthermore, the Friends undertake projects to improve the landscape, adding vibrant colours that contribute to the picturesque scenery of the Cemetery.
The Friends have installed numerous informative plaques across Mount Royal Cemetery to remember influential individuals and their contributions to local history. These plaques also recognize specific sections and remarkable achievements of individuals buried in the cemetery. Additionally, the Friends have sponsored historical research projects through grants to university students, enabling the collection of valuable information for historical tours and the creation of texts for commemorative plaques.
The Friends offer educational activities to the public, including historical walking tours, tree tours, lectures, birdwatching, art exhibitions, and photo exhibitions. They have also created a collection of informative pamphlets showcasing the burial sites of 100 notable individuals, 100 tree species and 130 bird species found within the grounds, 50 extraordinary memorials, and 50 inspiring quotations from celebrated authors engraved on monuments. These pamphlets are provided free of charge and can be obtained at our premises.
Discover captivating stories and intriguing facts from the guided tours at Mount Royal Cemetery. This new booklet, “HISTORICAL JOURNEYS AT MOUNT ROYAL CEMETERY – Facts and anecdotes told during the many historical guided tours of the Cemetery,” provides a glimpse into the various tour themes and highlights the information shared during these tours. It mentions over 120 individuals buried in the Cemetery and includes details about numerous organizations.
The booklet is available in English and French at the Cemetery office and the Mount Royal Funeral Complex for $10. You can also purchase it at events organized by the Friends of the Mount Royal Cemetery. We can mail it to you for an additional $3.
Your support is vital for essential projects at Mount Royal Cemetery. Mount Royal Commemorative Services handles all administrative costs, ensuring that 100% of your donations directly contribute to these projects.
The Friends of the Mount Royal Cemetery aim to preserve the Cemetery’s historical legacy and honour the memory of those interred there. They have substantially improved the historical sections through responsible financial management and project selection. However, more work still needs to be done, and many projects require support.
Please consider donating to the Friends of the Mount Royal Cemetery:
Friends of the Mount Royal Cemetery
1297 Chemin de la Forêt
Outremont, QC H2V 2P9
Remember to include your address, as tax receipts for donations of $25 and above will be issued.