January 19, 2023

Reminder About  winter conditions and Notices of Entry.

The Cataraqui Cemetery Company offers a friendly reminder to visitors about winter or high wind conditions.  Roadways, avenues, walkways and the cemetery grounds may be slippery due to ice and snow conditions and during high wind conditions, branches and limbs may fall which could cause injury or damage.  All plot holders and visitors are responsible to review all signage and posting upon entry to the cemetery grounds.   Please note that when the cemetery gates are closed,  they are usually closed for reasons of public safety and for only a short time.  All vehicles and pedestrians are prohibited from entry when the gates are closed.   The following is posted at all cemetery entrances:. 

 "All persons coming onto these premises must take care for their own safety and that of other persons accompanying them for whom they are responsible or over whom they exercise authority and must supervise and control such persons accordingly.  All persons accept and acknowledge, that by coming onto these premises, they do hereby release and forever discharge THE CATARAQUI CEMETERY COMPANY, including its officers, directors, employees, heirs, successors and assigns from all manner of actions, causes of actions, claims and demands, for damages, loss or injury, including all claims and possible claims arising out of coming onto these premises."

August 12, 2022

A statement from The Cataraqui Cemetery Company Board of Trustees regarding declining the relocation of Kingston’s Sir John A Macdonald Statue from City Park to Cataraqui Cemetery

April 27, 2022

Reminder about the removal of Grave decorations

The Cataraqui Cemetery Company offers a friendly reminder to all plot holders and visitors that grave articles such as artificial flowers, monument toppers, Christmas decorations, and winter wreaths are to be removed by April 30th.   This is a longstanding regulation and yearly occurrence.   Notice in the form of signage has been posted at the cemetery entrances and on this website since April 1st as a further reminder.   In past years, such items, if found on-site, were removed and held for 30 days for pickup.  The Cemetery's Board of Trustees, the Interment Rights Holders, and the Bereavement Authority of Ontario have approved recent updates to the cemetery's by-law which now calls for the immediate removal and disposal, without notification, if found on site between May 1st and October 31st.   The cemetery will be allowing a short grace period for families to remove or collect wanted items that were left on site before staff dispose of such.    Concerns or questions can be directed to the cemetery office during business hours. 

NOTE:   The following items are not permitted at any time on graves or burial sites.    

  • No breakable items;
  • No vases, planters or pots
  • No articles made of hazardous material such as non-heat resistant glass (excludes glass attached to monuments),
  • No ceramics, or pottery;
  • No loose stones, stone chips, beads, or sharp objects;
  • No foil or Mylar type decorations (balloons, confetti, glitter. streamers, ribbons, etc.);
  • No trellises, arches, benches, chairs, shepherd hooks, hangers, or hanging baskets;
  • No garden edging/borders containing or made of, PVC, plastic, metal, or coated wire; and
  • No items with open flame. 

April 27, 2022

The Cataraqui Cemetery Company has amended it cemetery by-law.   The amended bylaw law was approved by the  Cemetery's Board of Trustees on November 9, 2021 and was made available for  review for 30 days during the month of December 2021 for public review pursuant to published public notice and additional signage posted at the cemetery.  The by-law was presented to and confirmed by the cemetery's plot holders at the A.G.M. held January 7, 2022 and finally approved by the Bereavement Authority of Ontario on April 20th, 2022.   The by-law is effective as of April 20th, 2022 and is now in force.    Copy of the by-law is available for review or download here.  Printed copies are available for in person pick up at the cemetery office during business hours. 

April 1, 2022. 

A reminder to Interment Rights Holders and visitors that pursuant to the bylaws of the Cataraqui Cemetery, all artificial flowers arrangements, flower saddles (toppers), winter/seasonal wreaths, ornaments, and other decorative articles (pots, planters, shepherd hooks and other breakable decorations) are to be removed by May 1, 2022 and are not permitted during the growing season.  Items remaining onsite or placed on site after May 1st, will be removed and discarded without further notice.   Flower beds are permitted in front of upright monuments.   Please contact the Cemetery office during business hours for flower bed size and planting restrictions or for any other questions about articles on grave sites.   

June 17, 2021

A statement from The Cataraqui Cemetery Company Board of Trustees regarding the possible relocation of Kingston’s Sir John A Macdonald Statue from City Park to Cataraqui Cemetery

January 17, 2018 

A statement from The Cataraqui Cemetery Company’s Board of Trustees concerning Justice Mew’s decision regarding The Cataraqui Cemetery Company’s case against Reginald Cyr and Linda Cyr.