One of the most beautiful and tranquil places to take pictures of fall foliage is Ottawa’s Notre-Dame Cemetery, opened in 1872. It is the most prominent Catholic cemetery in Ottawa.
In the early 1870s, His Excellency Joseph Eugène Guigues, 1st Catholic Bishop of Bytown/Ottawa (1848-1874) purchased 50 acres for the interment of Catholics. This land, located on the Montreal Road, near what was then Baseline Road (now St. Laurent Boulevard), was part of Gloucester Township. The cemetery is the final resting place for more than 130,000 persons.
Many famous Canadians are buried there, among them Sir Wilfrid Laurier (Prime Minister of Canada), Henri-Elzéar Taschereau (Chief Justice of Canada), Marius Barbeau (ethnologist), Maurice Pope (General, Land Forces), Lucien Lamoureux (Speaker of the House of Commons), Benjamin Chee Chee (artist-painter) and Yousuf Karsh (internationally known photographer). All of them lived in Ottawa.
Last Sunday, I spent a couple of hours in the cemetery with camera in hand, searching for the ‘angels among us’…
Photos by: Steve Boyton