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Dating back to 1850, Toronto Necropolis is one of the city’s oldest and most historic cemeteries, and is characterized by breathtaking natural vistas and distinctive architecture including stained glass windows. The collection of sculpture and Victorian buildings make it one of the most picturesque cemeteries in the city, with fine examples of High Victorian Gothic architecture in the fully restored cemetery entrance, chapel and office.
The Necropolis is also the final resting place of Toronto’s first mayor, William Lyon Mackenzie; journalist George Brown; John Ross Robertson, founder of the Toronto Telegram; former NDP leader Jack Layton; Anderson Ruffin Abbot, the first Canadian-born black surgeon; and world-champion oarsman Ned Hanlan. The Necropolis also features a monument honouring Samuel Lount and Peter Matthews, hanged in 1838 for their roles in the Mackenzie Rebellion.
Ground Burial Options
For those choosing ground burial, there is still limited burial space available at the Necropolis, including single grave lots, which can accommodate up to two burial containers (caskets or cremation urns) and a flat marker.
Most people who choose cremation also want a lasting memorial, and a place for family and friends to visit. The Toronto Necropolis offers:
- Marble-fronted niches in the chapel columbarium
- Cremation burial plots in special areas, including around a central black granite sculpture entitled Onward by Canadian artist Kosso Eloul
- Memorial scattering areas, featuring a sculpture by Canadian artist Juliet Jancso. The work depicts a family of three and represents the Depression-era Cabbagetown community
200 Winchester Street
Toronto, ON M4X 1B7