Kitchener: Cemeteries


Events at Kitchener Cemeteries

Throughout the year, Kitchener Cemeteries hosts various events from preplanning seminars to memorial celebrations.

For more information, please visit the webpages above or email us.

Other Events

2019 date to be determined - Doors Open Waterloo Region is a free heritage and architecture tour of special, occasionally "secret" places in the region. Free admission, children's activities, music, drama presentations, walking tours and other special events. This years Doors Open event features Heritage Mausoleums at Woodland Cemetery.  

First-time Doors Open sites and rarely open, these two large, little-known community mausoleums were built by Canada Mausoleums Ltd. The fascinating heritage-designated buildings are practically unchanged since construction, and each contains hundreds of above-ground crypts. Built 1924-1928; design: Cameron and Ralston, Windsor.

Protestant mausoleum: Austere Beaux Arts Indiana limestone fa├žade, with simplified classical ornament. The interior finish is polished marble of various colours, with decorative plasterwork, a coffered ceiling, bronze gates, three semi-private family crypt rooms (Seagram, Pequegnat, Hibner), and excellent, original leaded stained glass: six windows depicting a variety of subjects. The two large corridor windows, sunrise and sunset landscapes in opalescent and iridescent glass, are spectacular, and alone are worth the visit!

Catholic mausoleum: Romanseque Revival, uncommon in the region, with concentrated areas of fine exterior ornament in stone: corbels, arches, friezes, sculpture, and column capitals. Inside there is marble in white, black, and maroon. The central hall, configured as a chapel, has a marble altar and a casket hoist system connected to the receiving vault below. The eleven stained glass windows were designed by noted Canadian designer, painter, and glass artist James Blomfield, and executed by the Luxfer Prism Co. of Toronto. 

Many names on the crypts figure prominently in local history. Discover intriguing personal stories - the "biographies" of these two buildings - during Doors Open, when Kitchener Public Library Local History Librarian Karen Ball-Pyatt will be on hand sharing obituaries of those interred, as well as details about KPL's new Obituary Indexing Project, organizing microfilmed obits from local newspapers into a searchable online index, a boon for researchers.

Please note there is parking for up to 10 vehicles on cemetery roads, across from mausoleum entrances. Please do not block stairs. Overflow parking on Arlington Blvd. Occupancy in each building limited to 20 visitors at a time. 

Open 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.