St. James Cemetery (Toronto)

St. James Cemetery (Toronto)

St. James Cemetery is the oldest cemetery in Toronto still in operation. The cemetery opened in 1844 as the burial ground for St. James Cathedral. It is located at Bloor Street and Parliament, overlooking the Don River ravine. Just to the west is the St. James Town neighbourhood, which is named after the cemetery. The cemetery was necessary as the burial ground around the cathedral itself, in use since 1797, was out of room. When built it was a located a considerable distance from the centre of town. The cemetery itself is home to the Chapel of St. James-the-Less which sites atop a knoll at the highest point in the cemetery. The chapel opened in 1861.

The cemetery is the final resting place of many of Toronto's oldest families and notable citizens:
*James Austin, founder of what would become the Toronto-Dominion Bank
*Robert Baldwin, Joint Premier of the Province of Canada
*James Cockburn, Father of Confederation
*George Gooderham, whiskey magnate
*Casimir Gzowski, engineer and railway builder
*William Howland, Father of Confederation
*E. J. Lennox, architect of Casa Loma and Old City Hall
*Henry Scadding, historian


* [ Official site]
*Jones, Donald. "Tombs of Toronto's first families A walk in St. James' Cemetery recalls the pageantry in our past." "Toronto Star." Toronto, Ont.: Oct 02, 1993. Sec. C. pg. G.8

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