Welcome

Welcome to St. James’ Cemetery and Crematorium, Toronto’s oldest operating cemetery. Opened in July of 1844, it is blessed with a rich history, beautiful grounds and the lovely and historic Chapel of St.-James-the-Less. We invite you to browse our site and to explore for yourself St. James’ unique beauty and the extensive range of services offered.

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The cemetery in autumn

Pre-Planning

Pre-planning, available through our office, can offer you and your family peace of mind by providing the time to make decisions at your own pace and at today’s prices.

Scattering Garden

Cremation Options

Cremated remains may be interred in-ground, in our chapel garden columbarium, or scattered in our rose garden. Learn more about cremation options, markers, and urns here.

Chapel Exterior

History & Architecture

St. James’ Cemetery is one of the oldest cemeteries still operating in central Toronto. Its Chapel is an architectural gem and one of the finest examples of Gothic Revival church architecture in Canada.

Our Chapel is a National Historic Site

"In its vigorous, harmonious composition, this small funeral chapel is a splendid example of High Victorian Gothic design. Its sense of strength and spirituality is derived from the subtle contrast of its stone walls, enveloping roofs, and soaring spire. The chapel was erected in 1860 to the plans by Cumberland and Storm, one of Toronto's leading 19th-century architectural firms. Situated on a slight rise, St. James is enhanced by the picturesque setting of its cemetery, which was opened in 1844 and is the oldest established cemetery in the city." - Historic Sites & Monuments Board of Canada