The City of Thunder Bay owns two local cemeteries; Mountain View Cemetery and St. Patrick's Cemetery, which are both located side by side. The cemeteries offer traditional graves, cremation plots, a columbarium wall and carefully landscaped grounds. The cemetery grounds are 58 acres and include six military plots established for those who served in the Canadian military services.

Location

1351 Broadway Ave (corner Highway 61 and Broadway Avenue), Thunder Bay, ON

Hours

Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 12 pm and 1 pm - 4 pm, closed Saturdays, Sundays and statutory holidays.

Cemeteries are open to the public daily, a half hour before dawn to a half hour before dusk, year round.

Mailing address/contact information

Mountain View and St. Patrick's Cemeteries
c/o Parks & Open Spaces Section
Victoriaville Civic Centre
111 Syndicate Ave S
Thunder Bay ON P7E 6S4

Telephone: 807-625-3014

Fax: 807-475-8537

Email: leadhandmountainview@thunderbay.ca

Cemeteries history

Mountain View Cemetery was established in 1884 by Peter and John McKellar. At that time, many burials were relocated from a downtown cemetery located on the bank of the Kaministiquia River near the foot of Donald Street (close to Thunder Bay's City Hall) to Mountain View Cemetery.

In 1889, land was purchased by the Roman Catholic Clergy of Fort William from John McKellar to establish St. Patrick's Cemetery adjacent to Mountain View Cemetery.

See more on history of Mountain View and St. Patrick's Cemeteries.

Rates

The Tariff Fees for Cemetery Services are approved by City Council in the City's annual operating budget.

Availability

Limited areas at Mountain View Cemetery are available for at-need availabilities of traditional and cremation plots. There is no pre-purchasing of in-ground cemetery plots (traditional or cremation). Mountain View Cemetery has pre-need availabilities for double niches in the columbarium wall section of the cemetery.

By-law

Cemeteries are legislated under the Ontario Cemeteries Act. The Act empowers cemetery operators with the authority to set specific By-laws for the operations of their cemeteries. The Mountain View and St. Patrick's Operating By-laws are approved by Thunder Bay City Council and enforced by the City's Parks & Open Spaces Section.

Frequently asked questions

When are the Cemetery open?

Cemeteries are open to the public daily, a half hour before dawn to a half hour before dusk, year round.

Can we drive into the Cemetery?

Yes; however, be careful where you drive and park as many graves are situated right beside the road.

Can artificial flowers be placed on grave sites?

Yes, according to the Mountain View and St. Patrick's Operating By-laws, artificial flowers may be placed on grave sites after the Thanksgiving weekend and removed by Victoria Day (third weekend in May). Year-round exceptions are saddle-type wreaths attached to the top of monuments and artificial flowers placed in vases permanently attached to the monument.

Are flower beds allowed on grave sites?

Yes, according to the Mountain View and St. Patrick's Operating By-laws, a flower bed is allowed in front of a monument. These flower beds may extend out to a maximum of 45 cm (18") from the monument and not past the ends of the base. Annual and perennial flowers are allowed in these beds. Absolutely no trees or bushes are allowed on any grave site. Please note that all trees planted in the Cemetery are situated on specific sites by Cemetery staff for the enhancement of the cemetery.

Who is responsible for repairing a sunken graves and markers?

Cemetery groundskeepers are responsible for levelling and reseeding of grave lots and all marker maintenance.

How would I find a specific grave site?

The Cemetery office manages the records for all grave sites dating back to 1904 (Mountain View) and 1923 (St. Patrick's) and is in the process of creating a computerized database.

I am interested in doing research on my family history. Whom should I contact?

Call the Cemetery office at 625-3014, or contact the Ontario Genealogical Society - Northern Ontario Branch.

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