The Cataraqui Cemetery, in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, is the city's largest with over 46,000 interments and growing. The Cemetery is most noted as being the burial site of Canada's first prime minister and a Father of Confederation, Sir John A. Macdonald. Macdonald's gravesite is designated a National Historic Site of Canada.
The Charter of The Cataraqui Cemetery Company was handed down on 10 August 1850, by the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Canada. The Cataraqui Cemetery is unique in that it is owned collectively by the Interment Rights Holders or "patrons" of the Cemetery. It operates as a not-for-profit, non-denominational, reform cemetery. The Cataraqui Cemetery Board of Trustees is elected from the Interment Rights Holders. Sir Alexander Campbell (a Father of Confederation and law partner of Sir John A. Macdonald) served as the Board's first President. The Board is accountable for all aspects of the Cemetery by delegating responsibility of the operations to the General Manager and a full time staff. A volunteer citizen advisory committee also assists the Board and Management.
The Cemetery was developed using the rural, garden theme, after the pattern of Mount Auburn in Boston and Mount Hope in Rochester, New York. The 91-acre area includes roadways winding through rolling wooded terrain, ponds and watercourses. Cataraqui Cemetery predates other notable Canadian cemeteries such as Beechwood Cemetery in Ottawa Ontario, Mt Pleasant Cemetery in Toronto Ontario and Mount Royal Cemetery in Montreal Quebec.