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 took its current name in houour of Queen Victoria of England at the turn of the century.
By the 1920's the original cemetery was running out of space, and the farm across Queenston St. was purchased and became the New Cemetery. By the 1960´s 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 1980´s a number of mausoleums were built to meet with the demands for entombment. In 2000, 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.
Queenston Courtyard Columbarium, a distinctive and commemorative feature of Victoria Lawn Cemetary, gracefully blending into the historic landscape, provides cremation inurnment for a maximum of two inurnments per niche.
The Columbarium features five distinctive buildings:
Opened in the year 2000, 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 at Victoria Lawn Cemetery. 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.