St John's Norway Cemetery and Crematorium

Welcome to an historic site

For more than a century and a half - 160 years! - St. John's Norway Cemetery has continuously offered an open, compassionate and professional welcome in the service of all people of all traditions. Read more about our history in the community here »

How may we help you?

When a death occurs, there will be many questions, many decisions. Our friendly professional staff are available to assist in whatever way we can. For information on contacting St John's Norway Cemetery, see here »

Services Offered

St. John's Norway Cemetery and Crematorium provides a complete range of services: burial, cremation, chapel, interment and memorialization that meet the various cultural and financial wishes of each individual or family. Read about the services St John's Norway offers here »


Our location is central to the GTA, at the northwest corner of Kingston Road and Woodbine Avenue. An extensive 35-acre property is just east of the Don Valley, not far from the lake, in the Beach. We are relatively easy to reach by car and transit.

  • For a zoomable Google map of the location of
    St John's Norway Cemetery in the GTA, click here »
  • For a map of the cemetery grounds, click here »

Rules & Regulations

Cemeteries in Ontario are regulated by the Ontario Ministry of Consumer Services, which administers the Funeral, Burial and Cremation Services Act. Our By-laws outlining the rules and regulations are publicly available and must be provided to all who engage our services.

  • Printed copies are available from the office. View a copy of our by-laws online and/or download a copy here »

Natural Setting

St. John's Norway Cemetery has developed in a beautiful natural setting. The extensive varied treescape reaches deep into the earth, yet stretches tall to the sky, drawing strength from creation: the sun and the rain. Consider this: the natural, historical setting of St. John's is a powerful statement of the role we each play in the cosmic cycle of life, death and rebirth to new life.

  • And we now offer "green" living trees and shrubs as gifts and memorials. For more information, click here »


With over 50,000 gravesites and nearly 80,000 interments, we are a substantial historical record as well as an historic site.

  • St John's Cemetery is pleased to respond to genealogy enquiries by phone (416-691-296) or email.



Movie Night: The Way

BOOK CLUB: The Year of Magical Thinking
by Joan Didion

Read a book related to life beyond death/dying/grief, and share your thoughts and impressions.

The Year of Magical Thinking (2005) is Joan Didion's 13th book. She didn't start writing it until 10 months after her husband's death. ... In the book, Didion takes on the American way of grief, which she sees as evasiveness posing as courage.

March 26, 2014 @7pm at the Cemetery's main office at 256 Kingston Road Toronto - Join us for interesting discussion and refreshments. Invite family and friends. Our events are offered at no charge and no obligation. All are welcome!more details here »

Bereavement care events at St John's
St. John’s Norway is pleased to offer opportunities for any members of the public seeking to arrive at deeper understandings about death, grief, and the pain of loss, while taking steps toward healing.

See our brochure about bereavement care events here »

Also Coming Up

GRIEF GROUP - Spring 2014: 5-week session: April 30, May 7, 14, 21, 28; Follow up: June 25, 2014 @7pm at the Cemetery's main office at 256 Kingston Road Toronto

  • Each session will be facilitated by The Rev. Dr. Deborah Hart, United Church Minister and experienced bereavement counsellor for over 20 years. Those who attend will find it helpful to have a safe and confidential space place where they are free to talk about death and dying and the whole process of their grief. There will also be times of laughter, insight and sharing to help lift the heaviness of it all, as you discover that you are not alone and others are walking the journey too.