Welcome to an historic siteFor 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 »
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 »
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 »
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 (2010)
with Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez
Watch a powerful, inspirational story related to grief and triumphing over loss. Those attending will find a safe and confidential place where they are free to talk about death and dying, coping with loss and the whole process of grief. All our events are offered at no charge and no obligation. All are welcome.
February 26, 2014 @7pm at the Cemetery's main office See details here »
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 »
BOOK CLUB: The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion - March 26, 2014 @7pm at the Cemetery's main office
- 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. He died of a heart attack as the couple sat down to dinner in their apartment and while Quintana, their only child, was in intensive care with pneumonia and septic shock. She died 18 months later. As the book demonstrates, after a period of derangement Didion turned to face her grief and asked, as she has been asking with force all her life, can I write this down? In the book, Didion takes on the American way of grief, which she sees as evasiveness posing as courage.
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.