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Victoria Lawn Cemetery

Office hours and Location

Address: 480 Queenston St.
Office hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m to 4:30 p.m.
Office phone number: 905.688.5601 ext. 1557


For more informationabout fees view the 2017 cemetery rates and fees for St. Catharines residents. 

Victoria Lawn Cemetery also offers inscription bronze products.


About the Victoria Lawn Cemetery

Victoria Lawn Cemetery open during construction

Rendering of the new administration building at Victoria Lawn Cemetery

The Victoria Lawn Cemetery offices will remain open as usual
during construction for the new administration building at the municipal burial grounds.

Construction for the new administration building began in March 2018 and is expected to be completed in the Fall 2018.

  • Visitation will always be available from dawn to dusk
  • The current administration building will be unaffected by construction and will remain open as usual
  • No service disruptions are expected due to construction
  • Parts of roads within the cemetery may be temporarily closed from time-to-time
    Site plan for new Victoria Lawn Cemetery administration building
  • Construction will take place on a parcel of land on the north-west corner of the property, in the area of the former fire hall
  • There are no plots in the area of the cemetery under construction and the land is unused
  • Public will not have access to the area of the cemetery under construction
  • There are no plots in the area of the cemetery under construction and the land is unused
  • Construction involves the demolition of the former fire hall
  • A new administration building will be more accessible and inclusive


New building highlights

  • 4,300-square-foot building

  • Guest services counter and area

  • Two meeting rooms

  • Accessible public washrooms accessible from inside and outside the building

  • More public parking

  • Designed to be barrier free and accessible, welcoming, and easy-to-use for all visitors.

  • Improved and increased work spaces for staff

  • Designed by Raimondo & Associates Architects Inc.
  • Construction contract awarded to Aldor Builders Ltd.


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 honour 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.

Queenston Courtyard Columbarium

The Queenston Courtyard Columbarium, a distinctive and commemorative feature of Victoria Lawn Cemetery, gracefully blends the historic landscape and provides cremation inurnment for a maximum of two inurnments per niche.

The Columbarium features five distinctive buildings:

  • Serenity Court

  • Tranquility Court

  • Integrity Court

  • Eternity Court

  • Harmony Circle

Garden of Memories Mausoleum

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.

Walking Tours

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.

Carillon Tower inside Victoria Lawn Cemtery
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