The cimeteries of Arvida

The Catholic cemetery

This layout of the Roman Catholic cemetery was made in 1931.

Source: City of Saguenay.

The blessing of the cemetery

The blessing of the Catholic cemetery took place on September 18, 1938.

Source: La Sentinelle, September 30, 1938, p. 2.

The Catholic cemetery

Plan of the Roman Catholic cemetery.

Source: Corporation des cimetières catholiques de Jonquière.

Le cimetière protestant

L'emplacement du premier cimetière protestant.

Source: Ville de Saguenay.

The Protestant cemetery

The layout of the first Protestant cemetery.

Source: City of Saguenay.

The Protestant cemetery

Tombstones in Arvida's first Protestant cemetery, in tribute to the aviators who died during their training in the region.

Source: Saguenay Historical Society. P2-S7-P02287-2.

The Saguenay Cemetery

The current layout of the (Protestant) Saguenay Cemetery.

Source: Corporation des cimetières catholiques de Jonquière.

The Catholic and Protestant Cemeteries

“We did not have permission to die in Arvida, and the reason is that we did not have a cemetery before 1938” said Joseph Lévêque, priest of Sainte-Thérèse. In spite of a cemetery being planned in 1927, it is not until the 1930s that the project becomes a reality. The Progrès du Saguenay informs us that in September 1936, the leveling of the land, situated on the road that runs alongside Jonquière (Boulevard du Royaume), is almost finished and that the fence and the front gate are being prepared, both to be made of wrought iron. On 18 September 1938, Msgr. Charles Lamarche of Chicoutimi blesses the cemetery in front of a thousand people. Joseph Wilfrid Duquet, who dies three days later, is the first to be buried there.

The Protestant community of Arvida obtains permission to incorporate under the name Arvida Protestant Cemetery Association in July 1931. Subsequently, the corporation could build a cemetery to provide for the needs of the congregation. The first Protestant cemetery is located behind the First United Church, at the corner of Regnault and Volta (today Lavoisier) Streets. The fire that destroys the church in 1946, as well as the city’s expansion, leads to the cemetery being moved not far from the Catholic cemetery on Boulevard du Royaume. Among the particularities of the site are the tombstones of the aviators who died during their training in Bagotville during the Second World War. The cemetery is known today as the Cimetière Saguenay.

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