The dispersal or scattering of funeral ashes on City land or in Lake Ontario is allowed. City permission is not required to scatter funeral ashes in Toronto parks or into water.

The Province of Ontario also allows visitors to scatter or disperse funeral ashes in Provincial Parks, either on land or into water. Cremation ashes are sterile, organic matter so it is safe to disperse the cremation ash into the environment. Scattering ashes into Lake Ontario does not pose environmental risks to humans or wildlife.

Recommended Site

  • Prince of Wales Park at 1 Third St., Etobicoke, ON M8V 2X5
  • Parking is available.
  • Site is not maintained in the winter.
  • Closed midnight to 5:30 a.m. (Parks By-Law, section 608-9. Access)

At the western edge of Prince of Wales Park, there is a paved ramp into Lake Ontario. This is an accessible, scenic and tranquil location that is less busy than some other waterfront parks. People who wish to scatter funeral ashes are not required to use this park.

The park is open to everyone, including general park visitors and people scattering funeral ashes on a first come first serve basis.

  • The area for scattering ashes is identified by a sign.
  • Do not leave any items in the water or on the shoreline, such as flowers, fruit, cloth, notes or photos.
  • The area is accessible but has no handrails
  • The area is not maintained in the winter season and there may be a build-up of snow and ice on the pavement.
  • Check the weather before your visit.
  • Always use caution at the waterfront.

If you are in the area and see an individual or family dispersing funeral ashes at the water’s edge, please be kind and respectful of this solemn practice.