Friday, October 29, 2010

Halifax's Old Burying Ground and other Canadian cemeteries

Photos of Old Burying Ground in Halifax by Sue Frause.
Last year, during my cross-country VIA Rail Canada train trip that started in Halifax, I visited the Old Burying Ground. Located in downtown Halifax at the corner of Barrington Street and Spring Garden Road, it was created in 1749 as the first burial ground in the city.

It closed in 1843, but today is open to the public, where you'll see more than 1,000 headstones. According to the University of Calgary, it may be the oldest cemetery in the Maritime Provinces.

In British Columbia, one of my favorite cemeteries is Ross Bay Cemetery, where artist Emily Carr is buried. Here's a documentary video produced by the British Columbia Provincial Capital Commission.

For more cemetery tales, click on Canadian Roadstories (Glenn and Judy's Excellent Adventures in Canada).




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