The grounds of the Mount Pleasant Cemetery are beautiful and peaceful. Spring's first leaves and blooms can be captivating alone, however, the experience of this season's new life in the setting of this resting place is poetic and moving. The intensity of the afternoon light, soft pastels, fresh greens and smooth greys (not to mention decades of memorial, remembrance, and history) was a challenge to accurately document as we toured the west side of the cemetery and the Mausoleum. I anticipate our return to tour the east side of Mount Pleasant and the Remembrance Garden (perhaps later this summer).
Mount Pleasant Cemetery opened in 1876 and is the first in Toronto to accept the deceased of any denomination. More than 168,000 rest here on expansive grounds that span between Yonge Street and Bayview Avenue (Mount Pleasant Road running up between where TTC bus 74 dropped us off). Prominent Canadians such as Glenn Gould, William Lyon Mackenzie King and Timothy Eaton are buried here. Considered one of North America's greatest arboretums, the cemetery's large tree collection, flower gardens and wildlife, creates a park-like setting. The cemetery was designated as a National Historical Site of Canada in 2000. Open to the public year round.
Quite different from Highgate Cemetery.