From the top of Notre-Dame-des-Neiges you are afforded spectacular views of Montreal. The cemetery is located on the north west summit of Mont Royal, which also contributes to the relative silence of the grounds. Hearing birds chirp rather than cars buzzing by is a nice break from the sometimes loud and unpleasant cemeteries of cramped New York City. I probably seem weird writing about multiple cemetery visits... This is perhaps accurate, but I think most folks who enjoy the outdoors will find the Notre-Dame-des-Neiges to be a pleasant diversion in Montreal.
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December 30, 2002
We spent Christmas 2000 in Montreal, decided we wanted to go to church, and managed to get tickets to the midnight mass--well, not the midnight one; I think it was an 8:30pm one.
We're Christian but not Catholic and we really enjoyed being there--there are actually quite a few similarities in the masses. Participating in other people's Christmas ritual made it feel like a real Christmas even though we were thousands of miles away from our parents and siblings with whom we're used to spending Xmas. Walking back to the subway station along with others--we were all going home to celebrate Christmas!
From journal Montreal - European flare in North America
December 19, 2000
From journal Quebec: Montreal