Diversity in all Things
Since 1948, York Cemetery has been providing service to North York and its neighbouring communities. A portion of the cemetery office is located in the Michael Shepard House, built in the early 1850s and designated by the North York Historical Board as having architectural and historical significance. The beauty of York’s colourful flowerbeds is rivaled only by the collection of sculptures placed throughout the property. In order to meet the diverse cultural needs of the surrounding communities, York’s staff members speak a number of different languages.
Services and Features
- A full range of interment choices providing for ground burial and cremation;
- Veterans’ section;
- Garden of Remembrance, created especially for those who choose cremation;
- Visitation Centre.
York Cemetery’s broad selection of ground-burial rights includes:
- Single graves, which can accommodate interment of two caskets plus cremated remains and which permit
a flat marker:
- Single graves adjacent to a fieldstone wall on which markers can be placed;
- Single graves that permit an upright monument;
- Larger lots of two or more graves that permit an upright monument.
The veterans’ section is dedicated to Canadian and Allied veterans and their spouses. As a recognition of veterans’ service to their country, the costs of interment rights in this section are reduced.
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Increasingly chosen as an option in the commemorative process, cremation is simply one method of preparing remains for final disposition. Many who choose cremation will also want a lasting memorial, and a place for family and friends to go to pay tribute and remember. Often chosen as a final resting place, is a columbarium, which is an arrangement of niches containing cremation urns. For those who choose cremation, York offers:
- Beautifully landscaped, outdoor columbariums, with granite- and bronze-fronted niches on which an inscription may be placed;
- A feature area for urns, including spaces that allow for the placement of a monument;
- A Garden of Remembrance.
Solar and Geothermal Powered Columbarium
A new feature, officially opened in April 2011, is the geothermal system powered niche columbarium located in the Garden of Remembrance. The building takes advantage of the fact that underground temperatures remain relatively constant year-round, and capitalizes on these constant temperatures with the use of a buried “earth loop.” In winter, fluid circulating through the loop absorbs stored heat and carries it indoors, where an indoor heat pump compresses it to a higher temperature and distributes it throughout the building. The process is reversed in the summer. The columbarium also uses solar energy, gathered by roof-mounted solar panels, to generate electric power to operate the heat pump unit’s fan, compressor and pump, as well as the building’s lighting and other electrical features. The columbarium features granite-fronted niches on the outside of the building, and glass-fronted ones indoors.
Garden of Remembrance
The Garden of Remembrance was created especially to provide those who choose cremation with a final resting place of great beauty. Located within York, this cemetery within a cemetery is composed of special areas, each with distinct memorialization options that reflect its distinctive physical features.
- A meandering memorial stream resembling a Scottish burn winds its way through the section amongst the mature plant material. The stream is lined with granite memorial boulders that will accommodate bronze plaques or varying sizes, or inscriptions.
- Urn spaces that permit upright monuments are scattered amongst the natural boulder memorials.
- Strategically located within the surrounding lawns are more urn spaces that will accommodate either a flat granite marker, or an upright monument.
- Wooden bridges crossing the stream are lined with bronze memorial railings that will accommodate inscriptions.
- On either side, at each end of the bridges are small Britts blue granite columbarium niches. Memorials may be inscribed on the niche fronts.
To learn more about the Garden of Remembrance and the options offered to those who choose cremation, please contact us. Our co-ordinators would be happy to take you through the garden and discuss the features in detail.
York Cemetery and Visitation Centre