Toronto’s Most Hauntingly Beautiful Cemeteries to Stroll Through

Walking After Midnight…

Death, particularly the physical aspect—where do our bodies go?—is a daily thought for most of us. Those of a less philosophical nature can expect to be reminded whenever they pass by a graveyard, large (or small) plots of land that house the bones of the once-vital, now vertically challenged populace. With Halloween approaching, we’ve put together some final resting places to visit on your next night out. Don’t be jerks: It is possible to walk through a cemetery while being respectful and considerate.
Mount Pleasant | 375 Mount Pleasant Road, Toronto
Iconic (as graveyards go), this massive cemetery in the heart of midtown is a perfect site for a stroll, based on volume and size alone. Bring a compass—you wouldn’t want to get lost among the stones.

(Photo by Renato Lorini via Flickr)

Lakeshore Psychiatric Hospital Cemetery | NE corner of Evans and Horner Avenues, Etobicoke
1,511 forgotten souls, patients from the Lakeshore Psychiatric Hospital, formerly the Mimico Asylum for the Insane (1890 – 1979), are interred in mostly unmarked or careworn graves in this shabby, unkempt plot of land at the corner of Evans and Horner Avenues near Lakeshore, abutting the hectic QEW.

(Photo by SimonP via Wikimedia Commons)

St. Michael’s Cemetery | Yonge Street & Eglinton Avenue, Toronto
Founded in 1855, this expansive plot of graves, the oldest surviving Catholic cemetery in Toronto, rests in plain sight between a smattering of apartment blocks and businesses. Eerily quiet, the space is accessible only through a cramped alleyway between two shops on Yonge Street.

(Photo by Emma-O Productions via Flickr)

Necropolis | 200 Winchester Street, Toronto
Home to over 50,000 spirits, including those noble few who donate their bodies to medical research at U of T, Toronto Necropolis is a stunning display of architectural and horticultural wonder—perfect for a somber afternoon of reflection and history.

(Photo by Rina Pitucci via Flickr)

Taber Hill Ossuary | Lawrence Avenue & Bellamy Road, Scarborough
The bones of an estimated 500 First Nations people were found in a mass grave in this Scarborough neighbourhood in 1956. Measuring fifty feet long and seven feet wide, it is one of the largest known ossuaries in the country.

(Photo by SimonP via Wikimedia Commons)