Michel Trudeau

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Michel Trudeau
Born (1975-10-02)October 2, 1975
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Died November 13, 1998(1998-11-13) (aged 23)
British Columbia
Citizenship Canadian
Alma mater Dalhousie University
Religion Roman Catholic
Parent(s) Pierre Trudeau (father)
Margaret Trudeau (mother)
Relatives Justin Trudeau (brother)
Alexandre Trudeau (brother)

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 study Microbiology.[1]

Michel died as the result of an avalanche while skiing at British Columbia's Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park on November 13, 1998; he was 23 years old. He was swept into Kokanee Lake and unable to reach the shore. His companions were unable to effect a rescue, and Trudeau drowned.[2]

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.[3][4][5] The Trudeau family called off the recovery and later created a chalet nearby as a memorial to their youngest son.[5][6]

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".[7] Sales of the rosebush benefit the Canadian Avalanche Foundation.[8]

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. ^ "Justin Trudeau's memoir: 'My father was never the same man’". Toronto Star. October 17, 2014. Retrieved October 19, 2014. 
  2. ^ DePalma, Anthony (16 November 1998). "Pierre Trudeau's Youngest Son Believed Killed in Avalanche". New York Times. Retrieved 19 November 2010. 
  3. ^ Wood, Chris. "Trudeau Search Suspended". Maclean's. The Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved 19 November 2010. 
  4. ^ "Search for body of Michel Trudeau postponed". CBC.ca. 10 November 2000. Retrieved 19 November 2010. 
  5. ^ a b Moore, Dene. "Trudeaus remember Michel and promote avalanche awareness". Canadian Press. Retrieved 19 November 2010. 
  6. ^ "Trudeau family help open Kokanee Glacier Cabin". CTV.ca. Retrieved 19 November 2010. 
  7. ^ "Newly discovered rose gives back to the BC community: Michel Trudeau Memorial Rose raises money for avalanche awareness". Gardenwise.ca, January 12, 2011.
  8. ^ Michel Trudeau Rosebush. Canadian Avalanche Foundation.