An important record of our heritage
The historic cemetery at St. Peters Erindale dates back to the late 18th century, where it provided one of the first Christian burial sites in what was then “Upper Canada”. Erindale was known as Springfield up until 1890. Present day Ontario was known as Upper Canada until 1841, and Canada West from 1841 until 1867.
Visitors are welcome to share a moment of quiet reflection on these grounds. Visit the Peace Garden where you will find a commemorative stone, or perhaps you would like to sit on the freshly renovated round bench that was built to honour John Sproule, the longest serving caretaker of the cemetery. Enjoy the old oaks or in spring the fragrant lilacs. Find graves of many children who died during the Great Pandemic of 1918-19. Or stand by the graves of soldiers who served in the War of 1812.
You may wish to follow the Stations of the Cross, a loving gift in memory of Bert Fleming, a long-time leader of our 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.