Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Toronto

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Mount Pleasant Cemetery
Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Eaton, Toronto 3121.JPG
The Eaton family's mausoleum
EstablishedNovember 4, 1876
375 Mount Pleasant Road
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
M4T 2V8
Coordinates43°41′47″N 79°23′06″W / 43.696351°N 79.384882°W / 43.696351; -79.384882Coordinates: 43°41′47″N 79°23′06″W / 43.696351°N 79.384882°W / 43.696351; -79.384882
Owned byMount Pleasant Group
Official nameMount Pleasant Cemetery National Historic Site of Canada

Mount Pleasant Cemetery is a cemetery located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

In the early 19th century, the only authorized cemeteries within the city of Toronto (then known as York) were limited to the members of either the Roman Catholic Church or the Church of England. Deceased citizens who did not belong to either of these Christian denominations had no choice but to find burial arrangements outside of the city. In 1873, a new cemetery available to all citizens was conceived. Originally a 200-acre (0.81 km2) farm, on the far outskirts of Toronto, Mount Pleasant Cemetery opened on November 4, 1876 with more than twelve miles (19 km) of carriage drives along rolling hills and ponds. Mount Pleasant Road was later constructed to pass through the centre of the cemetery and is named after this cemetery. With the growth in population, today the cemetery is located in the centre of the city. While the watercourses have since been filled in, the cemetery still has many miles of walking paths, interspersed with fountains, statues, botanical gardens, and rare and distinct trees.

The cemetery also has remains from Toronto Potter's Field, an early burial grounds that closed in 1855 between 1870s to 1881.[1]

As the final resting place of more than 168,000 persons, Mount Pleasant Cemetery contains remarkable architecture amongst its many monuments. The cemetery was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 2000.[2][3]

Mount Pleasant Visitation Centre[edit]

The Visitation Centre in 2009
Mount Pleasant Cemetery in April 2012

Completed in the autumn of 2009, the Mount Pleasant Visitation Centre is a new building of approximately 2,200 square meters in size built on the cemetery grounds and providing visitation space and chapel services.[4]

The cemetery began planning the building as early as 2004, but disputes with the City of Toronto, local ratepayer associations, and the Ontario Municipal Board all delayed the project. Changes were made as a result of this process, most notably vehicle access is now through the cemetery grounds only (near the cemetery offices), not directly from Moore Avenue. [5] [6]


  • To commemorate the 118 lives lost in the fire that destroyed the Great Lakes luxury cruise liner SS Noronic on September 17, 1949, a memorial was erected by the Government of Ontario.
  • To commemorate the 167 lives of members of the Salvation Army (1012 people in total died) lost in the sinking of the Empress of Ireland on May 29, 1914, a memorial surrounded by the graves of the deceased was erected by the Toronto unit of the Salvation Army.
  • Children's Garden Memorial was created to remember all the stillborn and children without known parents the province buried in one area with no stones or markers.
  • A memorial was erected sometime after 1912 in honour of two soldiers killed returning from a training exercise in 1912 and as a monument to the 48th Highlanders of Canada's veterans and war dead of the South African War.[7]

War Graves[edit]

The cemetery contains 231 Commonwealth War Graves, comprising 126 burials in World War I and 105 in World War II. 188 are of the Canadian, and 43 the British, armed forces.[8]

Notable interments[edit]



  • Arthur Godfrey Peuchen Lieutenant-Colonel (1859–1929) was a Canadian businessman and RMS Titanic survivor. He was also a World War I veteran.
  • Ethel Flora Fortune (1883-1961) was a first-class passenger and a survivor of RMS Titanic.

Medical personalities[edit]

Music personalities[edit]

Business people[edit]

The Massey family's tomb, designed by E.J. Lennox in the Romanesque Revival style
Alexander Rogers (1835–1912) mausoleum


Premiers of Ontario[edit]

Lieutenant Governors of Ontario[edit]

Mayors of Toronto[edit]


Sports personalities[edit]



  • Official web site
  • Filey, Mike Mount Pleasant Cemetery (1990) Firefly Books ISBN 0-920668-69-0
  1. ^ Find A Grave
  2. ^ Mount Pleasant Cemetery. Directory of Federal Heritage Designations. Parks Canada. Retrieved 10 February 2015.
  3. ^ Mount Pleasant Cemetery. Canadian Register of Historic Places. Retrieved 10 February 2015.
  4. ^ Accessed October 2nd, 2009
  5. ^ Accessed October 2nd, 2009
  6. ^ Accessed October 2nd, 2009
  7. ^ "48th Highlanders of Canada memorial". National Defence Canada. 2008-04-16. Archived from the original on 2014-05-23. Retrieved 22 May 2014.
  8. ^ a b [1] CWGC Cemetery Report.

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