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Cataraqui Cemetery and Funeral Services, Kingston

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Cataraqui Cemetery, in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, is the city's largest and oldest still active with over 46,000 interments. Cataraqui Cemetery offers the greater Kingston area a variety of interment, cremation 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 company with the interment rights holders as the members. It is the members who elect among themselves The Cataraqui Cemetery Board of Trustees. It 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 board's first president. The board is accountable for all aspects of the cemetery by delegating responsibility of the operations to the General Manager and a full-time staff. A volunteer citizen advisory committee also assists the 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.
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TripAdvisor
  • As a history fanatic it was fun to wander amongst the graves and live through people's stories... just ignore the rude Pokemon Go players who are so freaking disrespectful of the dead.  more »
  • Visited after hours, the cemetery was still open to visitors. The gravesite of Sir A Macdonald is clearly marked and easy to find. Beautiful grounds.  more »
  • Beautifully kept property. My dad is buried there and they always keep the grass cut and the grounds looking beautiful. Beware of the No Exit sign that is posted at the entrance hahaha!  more »
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  • Great cemetery. Not a single zombie attack, well done.