MOUNT PLEASANT CEMETERY
375 Mount Pleasant Road
Toronto, Ontario M4T 2V8
Bella Morte Rating: 5 Tombstones
Mount Pleasant is, without doubt, the jewel in Toronto's graveyard crown. Replete with traditional stones and mausoleums as well as beautiful contemporary expressions of grief and hope, there is something for all cemetery lovers here. Every imaginable type of memorialization option is available... from regular in-ground burials, to inurnment in glass-fronted niches or "ash" scattering in a soothing grove of indigenous oaks, to having one's cremains sealed in a lovely, glass-roofed columbarium that resembles a greenhouse. There is even a stunning, park-like area known as the Garden of Remembrance, with curved walls housing cremation niches, a sparkling waterfall and several lively fountains.
The strong lines of Georgian architecture grace the granite exterior of Mount Pleasant Mausoleum. The building was opened for entombments in 1920 and boasts enchanting stained glass windows, two chapels, traditional marble-fronted crypts and columbaria with glass, marble or bronze facings.
Plan to spend at least one day in this utterly enchanting cemetery which is large enough to require passage, by way of a tunnel, under the main roadway to get from one side to the other. Mount Pleasant will be intoxicating for those who truly love exploring Victorian garden-style cemeteries. Indeed, while we at Bella Morte use 5-tombstones as our highest rating, we would most-assuredly give Toronto's Mount Pleasant more if it wouldn't ruin our entire rating system!