Michel Trudeau

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Michel Trudeau (October 2, 1975 – November 13, 1998) was the youngest son of Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau and Margaret Trudeau.

Born in Ottawa, Ontario, he lived in Montreal and studied at Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf before attending Dalhousie University to become a microbiologist.

Michel was killed in an avalanche while skiing at British Columbia's Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park on November 13, 1998; he was 23 years old. His body was swept into Kokanee Lake.[1]

An extensive search was launched, but his body has never been found. The lake's high altitude and limited days of open waters each year prevented divers from completing the search.[2][3][4] The Trudeau family called off the recovery and later created a chalet nearby as a memorial to their youngest son.[4][5]

A varietal of rose discovered by Betsy Dening, a British Columbia horticulturalist and Michel's aunt, debuted at the World Rose Festival in 2010 as the "Michel Trudeau Memorial Rosebush".[6] Sales of the rosebush benefit the Canadian Avalanche Foundation.[7]

In honour of Michel, Justin Trudeau selected the date of what would have been his brother's 37th birthday - October 2, 2012 - to announce his bid for leadership of the Liberal Party of Canada.


  1. ^ DePalma, Anthony (16 November 1998). "Pierre Trudeau's Youngest Son Believed Killed in Avalanche". New York Times. Retrieved 19 November 2010. 
  2. ^ Wood, Chris. "Trudeau Search Suspended". Maclean's. The Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved 19 November 2010. 
  3. ^ "Search for body of Michel Trudeau postponed". CBC.ca. 10 November 2000. Retrieved 19 November 2010. 
  4. ^ a b Moore, Dene. "Trudeaus remember Michel and promote avalanche awareness". Canadian Press. Retrieved 19 November 2010. 
  5. ^ "Trudeau family help open Kokanee Glacier Cabin". CTV.ca. Retrieved 19 November 2010. 
  6. ^ "Newly discovered rose gives back to the BC community: Michel Trudeau Memorial Rose raises money for avalanche awareness". Gardenwise.ca, January 12, 2011.
  7. ^ Michel Trudeau Rosebush. Canadian Avalanche Foundation.