Pioneer cemeteries are those where no interment spaces are available for sale, but burials are still being performed in previously sold graves. Oakville's pioneer cemeteries contain the resting places of many of the town's earliest settlers and some notable historic figures including William Chisholm, Roy Thomson, John Sopinka, Ruth Lightbourn, Merrick Thomas and the Atkinson/Hindmarsh family.
The town is committed to protecting its history and heritage. Maintenance and administration of the cemeteries is the responsibility of Cemetery Services, a division of the Parks and Open Space department. Staff is available to assist with pre-planning decisions, budgeting costs and payment plans. Visit the Rates and Services page for information on how Cemeteries staff can help you.
Monument restoration projects
The town restored over 50 century-old headstones and monuments in 2009 after a heritage professional conducted a monument condition survey in Bronte, Merton, Munn's, Palermo, Oakville/St. Mary's and Wedgewood cemeteries. Visit our Monument Restoration web page for more information on past and current restoration projects.