Historic photos from around Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Toronto

Designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 2000, Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Toronto was opened on November 4, 1876. It was designed by landscape gardener H. A. Englehardt to include "winding paths and roads, irregularly shaped islets, panoramic perspectives, and monuments inserted in a naturalistic setting enriched by a wide variety of groves and trees."

The cemetery remains true to this vision, which now includes many wonderful trees, fountains, sculptures, and a wide variety of monuments. It includes the Mount Pleasant Visitation Centre as well as a Mausoleum. See the Wikipedia page for the long list of notable interments in the cemetery, including a Titanic survivor, the most decorated war hero in the history of Canada, the British Empire, & the Commonwealth of Nations, Glen Gould, Banting and Best, Timothy Eaton, William Lyon Mackenzie King, Foster Hewitt, and so on.



List of all areas in Toronto or take a look at the historic photos by date. New! You can now access the photos by street address A subset of the photos have also been arranged by subject.

 
 

1900 Historic photo from 1900 - View of a pond and bridge in Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Mount Pleasant CemeteryView of a pond and bridge in Mount Pleasant Cemetery
124 years ago - 1900 - Mount Pleasant Cemetery
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library Still not back as of March 2024)
1900 Historic photo from 1900 - View of a pond and bridge in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Mount Pleasant CemeteryView of a pond and bridge in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery
124 years ago - 1900 - Mount Pleasant Cemetery at Yonge Street
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Library and Archives Canada)
1902 Historic photo from 1902 - Children sitting on a bench in Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Mount Pleasant CemeteryChildren sitting on a bench in Mount Pleasant Cemetery
122 years ago - 1902 - Mount Pleasant Cemetery
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library Still not back as of March 2024)
1910 Historic photo from 1910 - Winding road and trees in Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Mount Pleasant CemeteryWinding road and trees in Mount Pleasant Cemetery
114 years ago - 1910 - Mount Pleasant Cemetery
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1910 Historic photo from 1910 - Arches in building in Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Mount Pleasant CemeteryArches in building in Mount Pleasant Cemetery
114 years ago - 1910 - Mount Pleasant Cemetery
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1912 Historic photo from 1912 - Massey vault - Romanesque tower-like mausoleum built 1891 designed by E.J. Lennox -  Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Mount Pleasant CemeteryMassey vault - Romanesque tower-like mausoleum built 1891 designed by E.J. Lennox - Mount Pleasant Cemetery
112 years ago - 1912 - Mount Pleasant Cemetery at 375 Mount Pleasant Road
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1912 Historic photo from Thursday, December 5, 1912 - Clarence Avenue bridge (Heath Street over the  Belt Line) in Mount Pleasant CemeteryClarence Avenue bridge (Heath Street over the Belt Line)
(Categorized under: Belt Line trail )
112 years ago - Thursday, December 5, 1912 - Mount Pleasant Cemetery
Max temp: 9.4°C - Min temp: 0.6°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1912 Historic photo from Thursday, December 5, 1912 - Looking up at the Clarence Avenue bridge (Heath Street over the  Belt Line) in Mount Pleasant CemeteryLooking up at the Clarence Avenue bridge (Heath Street over the Belt Line)
(Categorized under: Belt Line trail )
112 years ago - Thursday, December 5, 1912 - Mount Pleasant Cemetery
Max temp: 9.4°C - Min temp: 0.6°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1915 Historic photo from Monday, April 19, 1915 - Yonge Street bridge in Mount Pleasant Cemetery Hollow in Mount Pleasant CemeteryYonge Street bridge in Mount Pleasant Cemetery Hollow
109 years ago - Monday, April 19, 1915 - Mount Pleasant Cemetery
Max temp: 25.6°C - Min temp: 8.3°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1915 Historic photo from Wednesday, April 21, 1915 - Clarence Avenue wooden bridge in Mount Pleasant CemeteryClarence Avenue wooden bridge
(Categorized under: Bridges )
109 years ago - Wednesday, April 21, 1915 - Mount Pleasant Cemetery
Max temp: 10.6°C - Min temp: 1.1°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1915 Historic photo from Thursday, May 6, 1915 - G.T.R. subway over Yonge Street - Belt Line Bridge in Mount Pleasant CemeteryG.T.R. subway over Yonge Street - Belt Line Bridge
(Categorized under: Belt Line trail )
109 years ago - Thursday, May 6, 1915 - Mount Pleasant Cemetery
Max temp: 18.9°C - Min temp: 5.0°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1916 Historic photo from Tuesday, March 28, 1916 - Belt Line Railway at Merton Street near Mount Pleasant Road bridge in Mount Pleasant CemeteryBelt Line Railway at Merton Street near Mount Pleasant Road bridge
(Categorized under: Belt Line trail )
108 years ago - Tuesday, March 28, 1916 - Mount Pleasant Cemetery
Max temp: 8.9°C - Min temp: 2.8°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1916 Historic photo from Tuesday, April 18, 1916 - Mount Pleasant Cemetery bridge and waterfalls in Mount Pleasant CemeteryMount Pleasant Cemetery bridge and waterfalls
108 years ago - Tuesday, April 18, 1916 - Mount Pleasant Cemetery
Max temp: 11.7°C - Min temp: 3.3°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1920 Historic photo from 1920 - Radial line workshop, Yonge Street, near old Belt Line in Mount Pleasant CemeteryRadial line workshop, Yonge Street, near old Belt Line
(Categorized under: Belt Line trail )
104 years ago - 1920 - Mount Pleasant Cemetery
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1921 Historic photo from Monday, November 21, 1921 - Metropolitan Railway Building at Belt Line on Yonge Street in Mount Pleasant CemeteryMetropolitan Railway Building at Belt Line on Yonge Street
(Categorized under: Belt Line trail )
103 years ago - Monday, November 21, 1921 - Mount Pleasant Cemetery
Max temp: 7.8°C - Min temp: 2.2°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1930 Historic photo from 1930 - Eaton mausoleum in Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Mount Pleasant CemeteryEaton mausoleum in Mount Pleasant Cemetery
94 years ago - 1930 - Mount Pleasant Cemetery
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1930 Historic photo from 1930 - Eaton mausoleum with two lions, Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Mount Pleasant CemeteryEaton mausoleum with two lions, Mount Pleasant Cemetery
94 years ago - 1930 - Mount Pleasant Cemetery
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1930 Historic photo from Saturday, March 15, 1930 - Colonel William George Barker funeral, two biplanes flying over mausoleum and crowd of 2,000 honour guard soldiers in Mount Pleasant CemeteryColonel William George Barker funeral, two biplanes flying over mausoleum and crowd of 2,000 honour guard soldiers
94 years ago - Saturday, March 15, 1930 - Mount Pleasant Cemetery at 375 Mount Pleasant Road
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1930 Historic photo from Saturday, March 15, 1930 - Colonel Barker funeral - pallbearers carrying casket of most decorated war hero in the history of Canada, the British Empire, and the Commonwealth of Nations in Mount Pleasant CemeteryColonel Barker funeral - pallbearers carrying casket of most decorated war hero in the history of Canada, the British Empire, and the Commonwealth of Nations
94 years ago - Saturday, March 15, 1930 - Mount Pleasant Cemetery at 375 Mount Pleasant Road
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1935 Historic photo from Saturday, October 19, 1935 - Old Alexander Muir Memorial Gardens Gates in Mount Pleasant CemeteryOld Alexander Muir Memorial Gardens Gates
(Categorized under: Ornamental gate )
89 years ago - Saturday, October 19, 1935 - Mount Pleasant Cemetery
Max temp: 22.2°C - Min temp: 5.0°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1935 Historic photo from Saturday, October 19, 1935 - Old Alexander Muir Memorial Gardens in Mount Pleasant CemeteryOld Alexander Muir Memorial Gardens
89 years ago - Saturday, October 19, 1935 - Mount Pleasant Cemetery
Max temp: 22.2°C - Min temp: 5.0°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1935 Historic photo from Saturday, October 19, 1935 - Old Alexander Muir Memorial Gardens Gates in Mount Pleasant CemeteryOld Alexander Muir Memorial Gardens Gates
89 years ago - Saturday, October 19, 1935 - Mount Pleasant Cemetery
Max temp: 22.2°C - Min temp: 5.0°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1935 Historic photo from Saturday, October 19, 1935 - Old Alexander Muir Memorial Gardens in Mount Pleasant CemeteryOld Alexander Muir Memorial Gardens
89 years ago - Saturday, October 19, 1935 - Mount Pleasant Cemetery
Max temp: 22.2°C - Min temp: 5.0°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1950 Historic photo from 1950 - William Lyon Mackenzie King burial site with RCMP, priests and mourners in Mount Pleasant CemeteryWilliam Lyon Mackenzie King burial site with RCMP, priests and mourners
74 years ago - 1950 - Mount Pleasant Cemetery
Link to archive record - Map location (From Archives of Ontario)
1952 Historic photo from 1952 - G.T.R. Belt Line railway bridge, looking n.w. from e. of Mt. Pleasant Rd. in Mount Pleasant CemeteryG.T.R. Belt Line railway bridge, looking n.w. from e. of Mt. Pleasant Rd.
(Categorized under: Belt Line trail )
72 years ago - 1952 - Mount Pleasant Cemetery
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library Still not back as of March 2024)
1958 Historic photo from 1958 - View of Yonge Street and Yonge subway line looking south from McBrien Building in Mount Pleasant CemeteryView of Yonge Street and Yonge subway line looking south from McBrien Building
66 years ago - 1958 - Mount Pleasant Cemetery
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1986 Historic photo from Monday, August 11, 1986 - Pond with water fountain and kids on bikes in Toronto Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Mount Pleasant CemeteryPond with water fountain and kids on bikes in Toronto Mount Pleasant Cemetery
38 years ago - Monday, August 11, 1986 - Mount Pleasant Cemetery at 375 Mount Pleasant Avenue
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library Still not back as of March 2024)