Important Notice

The City of Cambridge continues to monitor the Corona Virus (COVID-19) pandemic in collaboration with Waterloo Region Public Health.  We are taking precautions to ensure the safety of the public and our staff and limit the spread of the virus in our community.

Effective July 27th, the Cemeteries Administration Office will be open by appointment only to permit families to make burial arrangements in person and pick out interment rights or pre-plan for their future burial needs.

To ensure safety, any persons attending the office for an appointment are required to:

  • Answer a few COVID-19 screening questions
  • Wear a mask
  • Remain 2 metres (6 feet) from staff
  • Wash or sanitize hands upon entry to the office

A maximum of 2 persons at any one time will be permitted entry to the reception area of the office at their scheduled appointment time.  The office will remain closed at all other times.

To make an appointment please contact us directly at 519-623-1340 Ext. 4299 or by e-mail at cemeteries@cambridge.ca

Our staff will continue to assist you by telephone or e-mail wherever possible and will be responding to all telephone calls and e-mails. 

PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING COVID-19 PRECAUTIONS IN PLACE AT ALL CAMBRIDGE CEMETERIES:

Attendees at the grave site are limited to 50 persons or less, with the following conditions

  1. There must be a funeral staff person in attendance for every 10 attendees
  2. Funeral staff must ensure distancing of at least 2 meters (6 feet) at all times
  3. Funeral staff must keep a record/log of attendees for contact tracing purposes
  4. Funeral staff must also ensure that all attendees are wearing a face covering during the service at the cemetery.

If these conditions cannot be met, attendees are limited to 25 persons or less. 

Safe distancing is required, regardless of the number of attendees. 

Please wash and sanitize your hands frequently.

Please do not attend the cemetery if you are sick or have travelled recently, or have been in contact with someone that is sick or has travelled recently.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your support in keeping our staff and the families we serve safe. 

Hours of Operation

The Cemeteries Administration Office for all City of Cambridge cemeteries is located at the Parklawn Cemetery, 750 Fountain Street North.

Visitors are reminded that the speed limit within the cemeteries is 20 km/h and that there may be funeral processions taking place involving significant vehicle or pedestrian traffic.   

Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. - By Appointment Only

Contact the Cemetery Administration Office to:

  • Make an Appointment
  • Arrange a Burial
  • Purchase full burial lots, cremation lots, columbarium niches or mausoleum crypts

Burial Permits

The Vital Statistics Act requires that a funeral director (or person responsible) register deaths through the City of Cambridge Clerk's Division. The Clerk's Division reviews and accepts the appropriate documents and issues a Form 19: Burial Permit and a Form 18: Acknowledgement of Registration of Death. They also forward this information to the Office of the Registrar General or the appropriate Division Registrar, depending on where the death occurred.

The cost for an In Town burial permit is $34.00 and an Out of Town permit is $37.00.

Online Payment Options Now Available!

Looking for information about how to pay for services provided by Cemeteries at the City of Cambridge? You can now make a Cemeteries Invoice Payment online.

You will need to have your invoice / sales reference number to make a payment online. View our Online Cemeteries Invoice Payments Instructions for more information.

Please note that your credit card may have a per-transaction and/or daily dollar limit. The online payment option allows you to pay a partial amount towards the invoice, in case the invoice total exceeds this limit. Please contact your credit card provider for more information on your limit.

Make an appointment

The Cemeteries Administration Office is open by appointment only at this time.  Please contact the office directly at 519-623-1340 Ext. 4299 or cemeteries@cambridge.ca to make an appointment.

Seasonal Maintenance 

As we prepare for Autumn and Winter maintenance, please remove all lot decorations, specifically those that are valuable, sentimental or breakable, including solar lamps, vases and candles by November 1st.  This will help to ensure that they are not damaged by our equipment during maintenance and that the grounds remain safe for our staff and visitors to the cemetery.

For safety reasons, our cemetery by-laws do not permit stone mulch, raised borders around gardens or breakable items made from clay, glass or ceramic.  Please ensure that borders around gardens are flush with the ground.  Wood mulch is permitted.

From November 1st to April 30th, one wreath may be placed on a metal stand at the front of monuments or on flat markers.  Saddle wreaths may be placed on top of monuments.  No plastic coverings are permitted. 

To preserve the integrity and respect of the columbarium niches, decorations are not permitted to be attached to or wedged in between the niches.  To respect others and for safety, potted plants, plant material and decorations are not permitted at the base of or around columbariums.  

Decorations that do not comply with the cemetery by-laws or that are unsafe will be removed by staff.  Please contact the office to arrange to pick up decorations that have been removed.

For more information about decorations and what is permissible, please refer to the Cemetery By-Laws, the signs posted in the cemetery or contact our office directly.

We are pleased to assist you and thank you for helping to protect and preserve the dignity, respect and beauty of our historic cemeteries.  To make an appointment or inquiry, or to obtain a copy of the cemetery by-laws, please contact us at the Cemeteries Administration Office directly at 519-740-4681 Ext. 4299.  Our staff will be pleased to assist you.

Cemetery locations

Learn about the municipally-owned cemeteries located in the city of Cambridge:

Freeport Pioneer Cemetery

Riverbank Drive and Allendale Road

Phone: (519) 623-1340 ext. 4299

Status: Inactive pioneer cemetery. No lots available. No burial services.

Mount View Cemetery

80 Blenheim Road
Cambridge, ON

Phone: (519) 623-1340 ext. 4299

 

Exciting News!

The Chapel was built in 1928 to honour the late James Young (1835 to 1913).  Mr. Young was a well-known journalist, politician and businessman in Galt and also served on Canada’s first parliament in 1867.  He and his family are interred in the marble vault in the basement of the chapel.

We are happy to share with you that the restoration work to the stained-glass windows and the front wooden doors on the historical and beloved Young Chapel at Mount View Cemetery is complete.  The Young Chapel and the Cambridge Mausoleum were featured in this year’s Doors Open event on Saturday, September 21st.  An overwhelming 413 visitors joined our cemetery staff that day for an opportunity to see this historic gem!     

This charming chapel is available for rent at affordable rates for services, weddings and gatherings!  To inquire, contact the Cemeteries Administration Office directly at 519-623-1340 Ext. 4299 or e-mail us at cemeteries@cambridge.ca

Status: Active cemetery. Full burial lots, cremation lots and columbarium niches available. Burial services conducted.

New Hope Cemetery

235 Cooper Street
Cambridge, ON

Phone: (519) 623-1340 ext. 4299

Status: Active cemetery. Full burial lots, cremation lots and columbarium niches available. Burial services conducted.

Preston Cemetery

755 Fountain Street North
Cambridge, ON

Phone: (519) 623-1340 ext. 4299

Status: Inactive cemetery. No lots available. Burial services conducted.

Parklawn Cemetery

750 Fountain Street North
Cambridge, ON

Phone: (519) 623-1340 ext. 4299

Status: Active cemetery. Full burial lots, cremation lots, columbarium niches and mausoleum crypts available. Burial services conducted.

The Cemeteries Administrative Office is located at Parklawn Cemetery.

St. Andrew's Park Cemetery

Lansdowne Rd. S and Gladstone Ave.

Cambridge, ON

Phone:  (519) 623-1340 ext. 4299

Status: Inactive pioneer cemetery. No lots available. No burial services.

St. Mary's Cemetery

240 Cooper Street
Cambridge, ON

Phone: (519) 623-1340 ext. 4299

Status: Active cemetery. New lots available. Burial services.

Zion Cemetery

2000 Speedsville Road
Cambridge, ON

Phone: (519) 623-1340 ext. 4299

Status: Inactive cemetery. No lots available. Burial services conducted.