Mount Hope Cemetery dates to the mid 1800s, when the councils of Waterloo and Kitchener (then Berlin) formed a committee to look into establishing a large cemetery for both communities.
The Village of Waterloo eventually purchased three hectares (seven acres) of land from our reeve, John Hoffman, who also happened to be the chairperson of the cemetery committee. The land bordered both Waterloo and Kitchener. On Jan. 14, 1867, we passed a by-law that formally created Mount Hope Cemetery.
Today, traditional and cremation lots are available in this cemetery. This map will help you find your way around the cemetery. There is also a plot lookup tool to help you find where your loved ones are buried in Waterloo. Contact the City of Kitchener at 519-741-2880 to find plot information for the Kitchener side of Mount Hope Cemetery.
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Mount Hope Cemetery features a number or unique historic monuments. These engravings are typically not depicted on modern monuments and hold a wealth of information regarding the lives of our forefathers.
A hand pointing upwards symbolizes the hope of going to heaven, a heavenly reward, or a pathway to heaven. This monument is in Zion United Church Cemetery, although this emblem can be found
in Waterloo Mount Hope.
The anchor is an early Christian symbol of hope, life eternal, and commonly used to memorialize mariners. It is an attribute of Saint Nicholas, the patron Saint of seaman and it also represents steadfastness. An anchor featuring a disguised cross was used by early Christians to hide their religion for fear of persecution.
There are several significant features within this carving: The column was used on war memorials as a symbol of a noble life. The poppies on top of the column signify eternal sleep. The poppies seem to rest on a crown, which could suggest the glory of life after death. Also on the column is a palm branch meaning victory, rejoicing and overcoming calamity. Beside the palm is a narcissus flower, or daffodil, representing rebirth and resurrection, the triumph of divine love, and sacrifice over vanity, selfishness, and death.