National Program for the Grave Sites of Canadian Prime Ministers

In 1999 the Government of Canada created the National Program for the Grave Sites of Canadian Prime Ministers to ensure the conservation and awareness, in dignity and respect, of the grave sites of our deceased prime ministers whose public careers have had a profound impact on the history of our country.

The program includes the preparation of comprehensive conservation plans for each grave site, the installation of a Canadian flag and a grave site awareness panel, and the organization of a ceremony in honour of each deceased prime minister. In addition, online content highlights the location and image of the former prime ministers' grave sites.


Former prime ministers and their grave sites

Image Prime Minister Term(s) Grave site
Gravesite of JA Macdonald

The Right Honourable Sir John Alexander Macdonald

July 1, 1867 – November 5, 1873
October 17, 1878 – June 6, 1891
927, Purdy Mills Rd, Kingston, ON
Gravesite of A Mackenzie

The Honourable Alexander Mackenzie

November 7, 1873 – October 8, 1878 1016 Colborne Road, Sarnia, ON
Gravesite of JC Abbott

The Honourable Sir John Joseph Caldwell Abbott

June 16, 1891 – November 24, 1892 1297 Chemin de la Forêt, Montréal, QC
Gravesite of JSD Thompson

The Right Honourable Sir John Sparrow David Thompson

December 5, 1892 – December 12, 1894 1259 South Park St, Halifax, NS
Gravesite of  M Bowell

The Honourable Sir Mackenzie Bowell

December 21, 1894 – April 27, 1896 631 Dundas St. W, Belleville, ON
Gravesite of C Tupper

The Right Honourable Sir Charles Tupper

May 1, 1896 – July 8, 1896 3950 Kempt Rd, Halifax, NS
Gravesite of W Laurier

The Right Honourable Sir Wilfrid Laurier

July 11, 1896 – October 6, 1911 455 Montreal Road, Ottawa, ON
Gravesite of RL Borden

The Right Honourable Sir Robert Laird Borden

October 10, 1911 – July 10, 1920 280 Beechwood Avenue, Ottawa, ON
Gravesite of A Meighen

The Right Honourable Arthur Meighen

July 10, 1920 – December 29, 1921
June 29, 1926 – September 25, 1926
150 Cain St., St. Marys, ON
Gravesite of WLM King

The Right Honourable William Lyon Mackenzie King

December 29, 1921 – June 28, 1926
September 25, 1926 – August 7, 1930
October 23, 1935 – November 15, 1948
375 Mount Pleasant Road, Toronto, ON
Gravesite of RB Bennett

The Right Honourable Richard Bedford Bennett

August 7, 1930 – October 23, 1935 St. Michael’s Church, Old London Road, Mickleham, Surrey, England
Gravesite of L St Laurent

The Right Honourable Louis Stephen St-Laurent

November 15, 1948 – June 21, 1957 Chemin de Hatley, Compton, QC
Gravesite of JG Diefenbaker

The Right Honourable John George Diefenbaker

June 21, 1957 – April 22, 1963 101 Diefenbaker Place, Saskatoon, SK
Gravesite of LB Pearson

The Right Honourable Lester Bowles Pearson

April 22, 1963 – April 20, 1968 Chemin MacLaren, Wakefield, QC
Gravesite of PE Trudeau

The Right Honourable Pierre Elliott Trudeau

April 20, 1968 – May 21, 1979
March 3, 1980 – June 30, 1984
Rue St-André, Saint-Rémi, QC

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