Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Toronto

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Mount Pleasant Cemetery is a famous 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 (0.8 km²) farm, on the far outskirts of Toronto, Mount Pleasant Cemetery opened on November 4, 1876, resplendent with more than twelve miles (19 km) of carriage drives along rolling hills and blue lakes filled with ducks and swans.

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.

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.[1][2]

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Mount Pleasant Visitation Centre

Completed in the Fall of 2009, the Mount Pleasant Visitation Centre is a new building built on the cemetery grounds designed to provide visitation space, chapel services, and reception space. The brick building is approximately 2,200 square meters in total size, with an outdoor 80 car parking lot.[3]

The cemetery began planning the building as early as 2004, but difficulties 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, not directly from Moore Avenue. [4] [5]

Notable interments

Veterans

Medicine Personalities

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