Situated beside the Welland Canal in east St. Catharines, Victoria Lawn Cemetery was established in 1856 by the Town of St. Catharines. The Town hired renowned landscape gardener Robert Mundy to plan the cemetery and plant the flower beds and trees. Originally named The St. Catharines Cemetery, Victoria Lawn Cemetery took its current name in houour of Queen Victoria of England at the turn of the 20th century.
By the 1920s the original cemetery was running out of space, and the farm across Queenston St. was purchased and became the New Cemetery. By the 1960s the New Cemetery was again short of space, so additional land was purchased at the south end of the cemetery.
In 1918, the Cullinen Mausoleum on Queenston St. was constructed to include about 300 crypts. In the 1980s a number of mausoleums were built to meet with the demands for entombment. In 2000, the Garden of Memories Mausoleum was established and is currently being used. Other buildings such as the Carillon Bell Tower, the Chinese Pagota and Mountainview Homes gazebo have been donated to make the cemetery more enjoyable and comforting.
Today, Victoria Lawn consists of 170 acres of grave sites, more than 79,000 people interred and 155 years of history.
The Queenston Courtyard Columbarium, a distinctive and commemorative feature of Victoria Lawn Cemetary, gracefully blends the historic landscape and provides cremation inurnment for a maximum of two inurnments per niche.
The Columbarium features five distinctive buildings:
Opened in 2000, the Garden of Memories Mausoleum is dedicated to the memory of your loved ones, allowing for the option of entombment in a crypt or inurnment in a niche.
Learn more about the history and legacy of our community through the contributions of individuals such as Dr. Theophilus Mack, William Hamilton Merritt, Reverend Anthony Burns, and Fonce Val (Jack) Haney, by taking a self-guided walking tour. Brochures are available at the Cemetery office, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or by calling (905) 688-5601 ext. 1557.
Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m to 4:30 p.m.
For more informationabout fees view the 2014 cemetery rates and fees for St. Catharines residents.
Victoria Lawn Cemetery also offers inscription bronze products.