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Mount Hope Catholic Cemetery

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Mount Hope Catholic Cemetery
Mount Hope Catholic Cemetery
Mount Hope Catholic Cemetery
Mount Hope Catholic Cemetery
305 Erskine Avenue,
Toronto, Ontario
Coordinates43°42′54″N 79°22′57″W / 43.7151°N 79.3826°W / 43.7151; -79.3826Coordinates: 43°42′54″N 79°22′57″W / 43.7151°N 79.3826°W / 43.7151; -79.3826
TypeRoman Catholic
No. of interments76,000
Find a GraveMount Hope Catholic Cemetery

Mount Hope Catholic Cemetery is a Roman Catholic cemetery at 305 Erskine Avenue in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.


Mount Hope was created near the end of the 19th Century when the Archdiocese of Toronto was faced with a capacity issue at St. Michael's Cemetery. Land was found further north of Toronto and Mount Hope was consecrated on July 9, 1898, by Roman Catholic Archbishop John Walsh.[1] The first burial occurred on March 27, 1900.[2] Within 50 years, Mount Hope was facing a capacity issue and in 1954 Holy Cross Cemetery, Thornhill, Ontario, opened to ease the burden on Mount Hope. With additional land added next to the property, Burke Brook Ravine was buried as storm sewer in 1960 (the ravine exists northeast of the cemetery through Sunnydene Park).[3]

The cemetery contains the graves of 147 Commonwealth service personnel from both World Wars, registered by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.[4]

For the cemetery's centennial, the Catholic Cemeteries Archdiocese of Toronto published A History of Mount Hope Cemetery Toronto Ontario 1898 to 1998 written by Michael Power.[citation needed]

By the end of the 20th century, the cemetery was full, holding the remains of more than 76,000 persons. However, a columbarium was built to house the remains of those who had been cremated.[1][3]

Notable burials

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Some of the notables interred here are:

See also

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese has a number of other cemeteries in the Greater Toronto Area including:

  • St. Paul's Church Cemetery, Toronto – opened 1822
  • St. Michael's Cemetery, Toronto – opened 1855
  • Holy Cross Cemetery, Thornhill, Ontario, Markham/Thornhill – opened 1954
  • Resurrection Cemetery, Whitby – opened 1964
  • Assumption Cemetery, Mississauga – opened 1968
  • Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Woodbridge – opened 1985
  • Christ the King Cemetery, Markham – opened 2004
  • Guardian Angeles Cemetery, Brampton – proposed
  • Holy Rosary Cemetery, Markham – proposed
  • Unnamed Cemetery, Bradford – proposed

There are a number of smaller Catholic cemeteries as well:

  • Mount Peace Cemetery, Mississauga
  • St. Joseph's Cemetery, Streetsville
  • St. Mary's Cemetery, Brampton
  • St. Mary's Cemetery, Port Credit
  • St. Luke's Cemetery, Thornhill
  • St. Michael's Cemetery, Toronto
  • St. Francis De Sales Cemetery, Ajax
  • St. Wilfred's Cemetery, Ajax
  • St. Gregory's Cemetery, Oshawa
  • St. John the Evangelist Cemetery, Whitby
  • St. Joseph's Cemetery, Scarborough
  • Our Lady of Victory Cemetery, Scarborough
  • Queen of Clergy Cemetery, Scarborough
  • St. Patrick's Cemetery, Markham

Other non-cemeteries locations that have burial sites include:


  1. ^ a b Mount Hope Cemetery Historical Plaque. Retrieved on 2013-09-07.
  2. ^ Mount Hope Cemetery – Catholic Cemeteries – Archdiocese of Toronto Archived 2012-09-26 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved on 2013-09-07.
  3. ^ a b Mount Hope Cemetery Archived 2013-05-02 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved on 2013-09-07.
  4. ^ Cemetery details: Toronto (Mount Hope) Cemetery. Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Retrieved 2 February 2018.
  5. ^ a b "Toronto Cemetery Sojourns: Mount Hope Cemetery". Torontoist. 30 October 2012. Retrieved 27 July 2020.
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