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Pioneer Cemeteries

Caledon's 25 pioneer cemeteries provide a tangible and irreplaceable link to our community roots. Dating back to the 1830s, they display a wide variety of headstones and monuments. Their inscriptions and decorative symbolism mark lives lived and reflect the cultural values and religious traditions of the day. For more information on cemetery symbolism, please click here (pdf, 9.6 mb) or on the images below.

Cemetery Fencing Dove and Lamb Symbolism Hands and Books Symbolism

Cemetery Fencing


Doves and Lambs


Hands and Books


Plants Rustic Style Symblism Urns and Obelisks Symbolism Weeping Willow Symbolism


Rustic Style 

Urns and Obelisks 

Weeping Willow 

 An inventory of Caledon's pioneer cemeteries, together with headstone transcriptions, is held by the Heritage Resource Office.

In 2007, the Town initiated a multi-year restoration program to repair individual monuments and cairns.

For more information

For more information on Pioneer Cemeteries, visit the Heritage section or contact Douglas McGlynn, Heritage|Urban Design Planner by email at or by phone at 905.584.2272 x. 4232.