Mount Pleasant Cemetery
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Mount Pleasant Cemetery
One of Canada’s most historic cemeteries, Mount Pleasant has served Toronto since 1876. It is the final resting place of many prominent Canadians, including former prime minister William Lyon Mackenzie King; Canada’s first female surgeon, Jennie Smillie-Robinson; popular Métis artist Youngfox; and renowned pianist Glenn Gould.
Mount Pleasant’s abundant tree collection makes the cemetery one of North America’s most significant arboretums. Large flower gardens, birds and other wildlife also enhance its natural beauty, along with its many unique works of art found throughout the grounds in sculptures and artist-made memorials.
Ground Burial Options
- A single grave, which can accommodate up to two caskets with a flat memorial
- A single grave, either adjacent to a limestone wall, on which to place a marker, or adjacent to a wrought-iron memorial rail supporting teal bronze markers
- A single grave that can accommodate up to two burial containers (caskets or cremation urns) and permits an upright monument
- A larger lot of two or more graves that permits an upright monument
Cremated remains may be:
- Placed inside the Mount Pleasant Mausoleum in glass-, marble- or bronze-fronted niches, where a small memento may be displayed with the urn
- Placed outdoors in bronze- or granite-fronted niches throughout the Garden of Remembrance
- Interred in a grave, family lot or urn space
- Scattered in one of the memorial scattering areas, among groundcover in an indigenous stand of oak trees or in one of the rose gardens.
Another option for those who prefer cremation is the Garden of Remembrance. In addition to a glass-roofed conservatory, the garden is composed of five areas that reflect its distinctive physical features including:
- The Gateway of Hope leads into the garden between granite-faced columbariums
- The Eternal Gardens form a walkway to a central fountain, surrounded by flower planters and rose gardens. Cremation urns may be placed in the walls that form the gardens
- The Pool of Reflection is the centrepiece of the Garden of Remembrance. Urns may be buried near the water’s edge or placed in niches along the spacious walkway that surrounds the pool
- A bridge leads across the River of Memories, a tranquil stream with natural boulders placed along its course. Memorials may be placed on the bridge railing, and cremation urns buried at the base of the boulders
- The Forest of Remembrance is a stand of mature trees where ashes may be buried and memorials placed within the forest.
Mount Pleasant Mausoleum
Dating back to 1920, Mount Pleasant Mausoleum is a classic example of Georgian architecture, with granite exteriors and finely detailed bronze, marble and wood interiors. It features:
- Marble-fronted crypts;
- Two chapels for committal, funeral or memorial services and for moments of private reflection
- Columbariums with glass-, marble- or bronze-fronted niches
- Crypts that can accommodate one or two caskets
- Crypt fronts made of white Italian marble on which bronze lettering may be placed
TTC Directions to the Cemetery, via the entrance gates on the east side of Mount Pleasant Road
From St. Clair Subway Station...
- Take the 74 Mount Pleasant Bus (A - B)
- Exit the bus at the Mount Pleasant Cemetery stop - 1 stop after Moore Street.
- Walk south to 375 Mount Pleasant Road. (This is about a 1 minute walk from the Bus Stop.)
Please click here for a map of the route to the cemetery.
Please refer to the TTC’s helpful trip planner for detailed routes.
The Mount Pleasant Arboretum
Mount Pleasant Cemetery's Arboretum is one of the finest tree collections in North America. The Arboretum Book contains a small sampling from this beautiful collection.
Walking and Running in the cemetery
For those who like to walk or jog through the cemetery, we have created some 1 KM, 3 KM, and 5 KM routes. Maps showing the routes are attached below:
8:00-5:00 p.m., Monday to Saturday
We are closed on Sundays and public holidays.
|Daylight Saving to September 30th||8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.|
|October 1st to Eastern Standard Time||8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.|
|Eastern Standard Time to February 28th||8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.|
375 Mount Pleasant Road
Toronto, ON M4T 2V8