Cemeteries

St. Catharines has some of the most beautiful and well-kept cemetery grounds in the Niagara Region and southern Ontario. Victoria Lawn Cemetery, maintained by the City of St. Catharines, is the largest cemetery in the area. The city is also home to many privately run cemeteries, serving a diversity of faith, culture and religion, including the Victoria Lawn Cemetery.

Victoria Lawn Cemetery

Established in 1856 in the east end of the City beside the Welland Canal, Victoria Lawn Cemetery consists of 170 acres of grave sites today, with more than 79,000 people interred and 155 years of history.

Photo of Victoria Lawn Cemetery

About the Victoria Lawn Cemetery

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.

In 1918, the Cullinen Mausoleum on Queenston St. was constructed to include about 300 crypts.

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 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 Pagoda 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.
 Administration Building
In 2018 the City constructed a new administration building for the Victoria Lawn Cemetery, replacing the original, 1856 administration building.Located on the north-west corner of the property the new, barrier-free, building provides increased work space, accessible public washrooms, meeting rooms and a guest services counter. 
 Office Hours and Location
 Office hours: Monday to Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.Address: 431 Queenston St., St. CatharinesPhone: 905.688.5601 ext. 1557
 Fees
 For more information about fees view the 2019 Cemetery Rates and Fees for St. Catharines residents. Victoria Lawn Cemetery also offers inscription bronze products
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