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TLTV Ep 99 – The Necropolis Cemetery

Located in the Cabbagetown area of Toronto (more on that in a future episode of TLTV!) The Necropolis Cemetery is likely the oldest remaining cemetery in The GTA. Comprising 18 acres, it was opened to replace the Potter’s Field which was located on the north-west corner of Bloor and Yonge Streets and had simply become too crowded. The first interment in the Necropolis took place on May 22, 1850. Within these ground are buried many of those originally interred in Potter’s Field including citizens in every walk of life and some who occupied positions of eminence in the city. The present chapel, and lodge were built in 1872. The crematorium, the first in Ontario, was opened in 1933. In the grounds are numerous interesting memorials and many unusual species of trees and shrubs.

The cemetery has a lonely, slightly eerie feel even at midday. That is likely because of the large old trees that provide lots of darker shaded areas as well as a number of secluded small valleys throughout the grounds. Even so, this place is definitely worth the trip. As you will see in the video it is full of beautiful old reminders of long ago.

Located in the Cabbagetown area of Toronto (more on that in a future episode of TLTV!) The Necropolis Cemetery is likely the oldest remaining cemetery in The GTA. Comprising 18 acres, it was opened to replace the Potter’s Field which

TLTV Ep 92 – St Michael’s Cemetery

Down a small, completely nondescript alleyway off of Yonge Street, just south of St Clair Avenue, lies the entrance to a hidden treasure — St. Michael’s Cemetery. The entrance is so unassuming that it is likely that many long time residents of the area have never noticed it. The 10-acre cemetery itself is sandwiched in behind skyscrapers, shops, and residential neighbourhoods. Almost no-one knows it is there. It is actually the oldest surviving Catholic cemetery in The GTA.

Opened in 1855, it replaced St. Paul’s Cemetery at Queen and Parliament, which had been filled to capacity by the influx of Irish Catholic settlers fleeing the Great Potato Famine. Some 29,000 people are currently buried at St. Michael’s. It is the final resting place mostly for working class Irish Canadians, Toronto’s Catholic pioneers.

One of the most notable features of the cemetery is the octagonal winter mortuary vault designed by Joseph Sheard, who later became mayor of Toronto. The winter vault was used to store the bodies of the deceased during the winter until the graves could be dug again in the softened soil the following spring. The octagonal shape of the winter vault offered extra wall space for platforms to place coffins.

In this episode we’ll venture inside the cemetery to take a look at some of the more interesting markers and quiet corners. We’ll get a look at the outside of the winter mortuary vault, as well as the beautiful row of trees leading up to it. All in all, it is a very unique and peaceful place in a busy modern metropolis.

Down a small, completely nondescript alleyway off of Yonge Street, just south of St Clair Avenue, lies the entrance to a hidden treasure — St. Michael’s Cemetery. The entrance is so unassuming that it is likely that many long time

TLTV Ep 80 – Mount Pleasant Cemetery (Old Section – Part 1)

This is the first of a two-part look at the old section of the Mount Pleasant Cemetery, the most famous and one of the oldest cemeteries in The GTA. In November 1876, Mount Pleasant Cemetery opened. It was located on the distant outskirts of Toronto and had more than twelve miles (19km) of carriage drives along rolling hills and blue lakes filled with ducks and swans. With the growth of the GTA since then, the cemetery is now located in the centre of the city of Toronto. The cemetery still has many miles of walking paths, interspersed with fountains, statues, botanical gardens, and rare and distinct trees. It is the final resting place of more than 168,000 persons, including heroic veterans, medical pioneers, musicians, powerful business people, politicians, clergymen, sports luminaries, and more. Among those whose graves can be found here are: Frederick Banting & Charles Best (co-discoverers of Insulin), Glenn Gould (pianist & composer), Timothy Eaton and Robert Simpson (department store magnates), Ted Rogers (founder of Rogers Communications), William Lyon Mackenzie King (one of Canada’s greatest Prime Ministers, leading the nation through World War II), 5 Premiers of Ontario, 5 Lieutenant Governors of Ontario, 6 Mayors of Toronto, and many more. The old section of the cemetery is filled with rolling hills, winding roads, small surprising treasures, and large imposing monuments to greatness … let’s have a look around during an early winter afternoon.

This is the first of a two-part look at the old section of the Mount Pleasant Cemetery, the most famous and one of the oldest cemeteries in The GTA. In November 1876, Mount Pleasant Cemetery opened. It was located on

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