Dating back to 1850, Toronto Necropolis is one of the city’s oldest and most historic cemeteries, and is characterized by breathtaking natural vistas and distinctive architecture including stained glass windows. The collection of sculpture and Victorian buildings make it one of the most picturesque cemeteries in the city, with fine examples of High Victorian Gothic architecture in the fully restored cemetery entrance, chapel and office.
The Necropolis is also the final resting place of Toronto’s first mayor, William Lyon Mackenzie; journalist George Brown; John Ross Robertson, founder of the Toronto Telegram; former NDP leader Jack Layton; Anderson Ruffin Abbot, the first Canadian-born black surgeon; and world-champion oarsman Ned Hanlan.
The cemetery grounds are open for visitation every day from 8:00 a.m. until dusk. The on-site cemetery office is open Monday to Saturday, from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.