Victoria Cemeteries

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Victoria Cemeteries

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  • PookyCake
    Victoria, Canada14,274 contributions
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    It had been well over 7 years since I last ambled about Ross Bay Cemetery. As such, I felt it was high time I re-visited one of the province’s most important heritage cemeteries. These grounds have much to teach us if we have but the eyes to see and the ears to listen.

    When most attend Ross Bay Cemetery, it’s usually just to partake in a peaceful and serene walk along the old carriage pathways or admire the intricate monuments to the dead. Indeed, that’s all well and fine, but there’s so much more to this place than a calming stroll. With over 20,000 graves, this 150 year old site is, in many ways, a physical record of British Columbia’s political, social, cultural and economic history. Think about it. There are a number of notable individuals buried here: James Douglas, BC’s first governor, founder of Victoria and “Father of BC;” Amor De Cosmos, BC’s second Premier and a rather curious individual; Billy Barker, a key player in the Cariboo Gold Rush who subsequently had a town named after him (Barkerville); and, Emily Carr, an artist who needs no introduction. There are, of course, many other “worthies” at Ross Bay, but these few illustrate the larger point: The cemetery provides a clear history and record of the province on numerous fronts. For that reason alone it should be on any history buff’s “must do” list when visiting Victoria.

    When we attended, I’d hoped to scope out a few notable graves, but the weather deteriorated rapidly into a torrential downpour. A leisurely stroll quickly turned into a fast-paced walk (with many a quizzical deer looking our way). As a result, we limited ourselves to locating Emily Carr’s resting place and called it a day.

    Despite the quick turn in weather, it was nice to re-visit this site after so many years. The site is peaceful and calming, yes, but it’s also rich in culture, history and Victorian-era tradition.
    Written December 29, 2022
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  • StevoinMinnesoto
    Cottage Grove, MN549 contributions
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    We read about this cemetery in information we received from Victoria. Located in an upscale neighborhood, overlooking the Strait this is a sad place to visit as it is the final resting place of many Chinese immigrants who came to Canada to work and died there. Many wanted to be buried in China so their remains were stored in the cities where they passed away. Over the years information on who the people were went missing and when the Communists took over China, there was no way to send the remains back home. The graves are not well kept up and whatever inscriptions were carved into the headstones in Chinese are no longer legible. There are also a few mass graves where unidentified people were all buried together. This was worth the visit to us to pay respect to these people and reflect on their sad fate. Recommended
    Written February 26, 2020
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  • tdsuperstar
    Toronto, Canada18,858 contributions
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    Wonderful little quaint park away from the core of downtown. The gravestones are pretty cool, I like that the city attempts to ensure their respect by telling people the area is off limits to dogs. The monuments to WW1 are great too. If in the area, Pioneer Square is worth a quick respectful stroll!
    Written March 12, 2024
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