Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Toronto

Mount Pleasant Cemetery

The Timothy Eaton family crypt
Established November 4, 1876
Location 375 Mount Pleasant Road
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
M4T 2V8
Owned by Mount Pleasant Group

Official name Mount Pleasant Cemetery National Historic Site of Canada
Designated 2000

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

Visitation Centre
Mount Pleasant Cemetery in spring.

Completed in the Fall 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]


Notable interments



Medicine Personalities

Music Personalities

Business People

The Massey Family crypt, designed by E.J. Lennox in the Romanesque Revival style.
Rogers family crypt.


Premiers of Ontario:

Lieutenant Governors of Ontario:

Mayors of Toronto:


Sports Personalities



  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. Retrieved 22 May 2014.
  8. CWGC Cemetery Report.
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