St. Peter’s Cemetery

If you are looking for information about the availability of plots, please contact the Cemetery Committee through the Church office at 905-828-2095.

Cemetery key information

An important record of our heritage

The historic cemetery at St. Peter’s Erindale dates back to the early 18th century, where it provided one of the first Christian burial sites in what was then “Upper Canada”. Present day Ontario was known as Upper Canada until 1841, and Canada West from 1841 until 1867. The first burial in the churchyard was Mr. Samuel Conover in 1827.

Visitors are welcome to share a moment of quiet reflection on these grounds. Several notable graves can be found in the cemetery, including soldiers who served in the War of 1812, and Canadian music legend and longtime parishioner Oscar Peterson.

Oscar Peterson headstone seen in St. Peter's cemetery
Oscar Peterson headstone seen in St. Peter's cemetery

In 2023, the Cemetery Committee and many volunteers began a weeks-long cleanup of the headstones throughout the property, in an effort to preserve them for as long as possible. Approximately 150 of the 450 monuments in the cemetery have been cleaned, and the team is eager to get back to cleaning the remaining stones in Spring 2024. 

The headstone of George and Mary Taylor, seen before restoration
The headstone of George and Mary Taylor, seen after partial restoration
The headstone of George and Mary Taylor, seen after full restoration

Other areas of note within the cemetery include the Peace Garden, marked by a commemorative stone, and the Stations of the Cross. The Stations of the Cross were a loving gift in memory of Bert Fleming, a long-time leader of the parish, presented by his wife, Elizabeth Fleming. The Stations reflect images of the day of Jesus’ crucifixion and also contain prayers to say that reflect the various moments of that first Good Friday.

The cemetery was lovingly cared for by Mr. John Sproule for over 60 years, and now is managed by the Cemetery Board, a group of St. Peter’s parishioners who volunteer their time to maintain it.

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Sunday Services:
8:00 am (Online)
9:15 and 11:00 am (In person & Online)