Monday, December 31, 2018

Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Toronto

Toronto's large burial grounds near Yonge and St Clair was at one time outside the city limits, which reached north to Bloor Street, when Toronto's population was only 68,000. Almost 200 acres was purchased from the Village of Deer Park in 1873 and after 3 years of development the cemetery began service, by the end of 1965 almost 118,000 people had been buried on the grounds.

They say that you can't take your wealth with you when you die, but you can spend a lot of it on monuments and mausoleums for the dearly departed. Mount Pleasant Cemetery is full of used-to-haves and also some used-to-have-nots. Some large mausoleums are built into hills within the cemetery and a new one is proposed - designed to look like a giant pine cone.

Famous people buried in the cemetery include Timothy Eaton and Robert Simpson and former Prime Minsiter William Lyon Mackenzie King.
The grounds also lie along a portion of the Kay Gardner Beltline Trail and the grounds are also used as walking and running trails. If you visit the area you might want to bring some snacks for the chubby squirrels who follow looking for treats.

See more photos after the jump.

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