Cataraqui Cemetery, in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, is the city's main burial ground with over 46,000 interments. Cataraqui Cemetery offers the greater Kingston area a variety of interment, cremation, funeral and memorialization options and services. The cemetery is most noted as being the burial site of Canada's first prime minister and Father of Confederation, Sir John A. Macdonald. Macdonald's gravesite, and the cemetery itself, are both designated as National Historic Sites of Canada.
The charter of The Cataraqui Cemetery Company was handed down on 10 August 1850, by the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Canada. The Cataraqui Cemetery is unique in that it was incorporated in 1850 as a not-for-profit corporation with the interment rights holders as the members. It is the members who elect from themselves The Cataraqui Cemetery Board of Trustees. the Cemetery continues to operate as a not-for-profit, non-denominational cemetery. Sir Alexander Campbell (a Father of Confederation and law partner of Sir John A. Macdonald) served as the corporations first president of the board of trustees. The board of trustees is accountable for all aspects of the cemetery by delegating the responsibility of the day-to-day operations to the General Manager and a full-time staff. A volunteer citizen advisory committee also assists the Cemetery's board and management with the stewardship of the cemetery.
The cemetery was developed using the rural or garden theme, after the pattern of Mount Auburn near Boston and Mount Hope in Rochester, New York. The 91-acre cemetery includes roadways winding through rolling wooded terrain, ponds and watercourses all laid out in the Picturesque style of landscaping. Cataraqui Cemetery predates other notable Canadian cemeteries such as Beechwood Cemetery in Ottawa Ontario, Mt Pleasant Cemetery in Toronto Ontario and Mount Royal Cemetery in Montreal Quebec.
Use our Kingston online trip itinerary builder to arrange your visit to Cataraqui Cemetery and other attractions in Kingston.
Tours To Cataraqui Cemetery
Cataraqui Cemetery Reviews
Visited Mom & Dad’s grave and decided to spend a little time going back in time. This is a huge,beautiful, well maintained cemetery. The roads winding through are named many of them after trees... more »
Cataraqui Cemetery is a medium-sized, rural burial ground in the Ontario municipality of Kingston. Established in 1850 to plans by Frederick Cornell, the 91-acre (0.37 square kilometres) cemetery is..... more »
i saw no dead bodys....GOOD JOB
Great cemetery. Not a single zombie attack, well done.
Places to stay near Cataraqui Cemetery
Plan your trip to Kingston
Get a personalized planA complete day-by-day itinerary
based on your preferences
Customize itRefine your plan. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
Book itChoose from the best hotels
and activities. Up to 50% off
Manage itEverything in one place.
Everyone on the same page.
View all ›
Side trips from Kingston
Hidden gems in Kingston
View all ›
Historic Sites in Kingston
Plans to Cataraqui Cemetery by other users
15 days in Ontario BY A USER FROM CANADA July, culture, historic sites, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: July, culture, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 30 days in Kingston BY A USER FROM CANADA January, popular sights PREFERENCES: January ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 15 days in Canada BY A USER FROM CANADA September, popular sights PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 27 days in Cobourg BY A USER FROM CANADA January, popular sights PREFERENCES: January ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 3 days in Kingston BY A USER FROM CANADA January, culture, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: January, culture, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 31 days in Port Hope BY A USER FROM CANADA January, popular sights PREFERENCES: January ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium