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Cemetery tours

Cemetery tours

Suffragettes and speculators, prohibitionists and politicians, Mounties and ministers, cowboys and cooks!

Join knowledgeable tour guides on a walk through time to learn about the people, personalities and events that shaped the vibrant city Calgary is today. From May through October, The City tells their fascinating stories through free guided walking tours of Calgary's historic Burnsland Cemetery, St Mary's Cemetery, and Union Cemetery.

2016 tour dates and times

To meet the ordinary folks who did extraordinary things join a volunteer tour guide at one of our historic cemeteries in downtown Calgary, south of the Stampede Grounds.

Burnsland Cemetery - last Saturday of each month, 2 - 3:30 p.m.

Meet at Galloway House, the building near the Union Cemetery gate at Spiller Rd. S.E. and Cemetery Rd. SE.
  • May 28, June 25, July 30, August 27, September 24, and October 29

St. Mary’s Pioneer Cemetery - third Saturday of each month, 2 - 3:30 p.m.

Meet at the Pioneer Cemetery gate, inside St. Mary's Cemetery entrance at Erlton St. & 31 Ave. S.E.
  • May 21, June 18, July 16, August 20, September 17, and October 15

Union Cemetery - every Sunday, 2 - 3:30 p.m.

Meet at Galloway House, the building near the Union Cemetery gate. Vehicle at Spiller Rd. S.E. and Cemetery Rd. S.E.
  • May 8, 15, 22 & 29
  • June 5, 12, 19 & 26
  • July 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31
  • August 7, 14, 21 & 28
  • September 4, 11, 18 & 25
  • October 4, 11, 18 & 25

Special Tours at Burnsland Cemetery

To join either of these special tours, meet at Galloway House, the building near the Union Cemetery gate at Spiller Rd. S.E. and Cemetery Rd. S.E.
  • Canada Day, Friday, July 1, 2 - 3:30 p.m.
    Spend Canada Day afternoon in Burnsland Cemetery to share stories about a part of Canada’s unique history and the Calgarian behind it.
     
  • Remembrance Day, Friday, November 11, 2 - 3:30 p.m.
    Join us this Remembrance Day as we explore the history and stories behind some of the non-Canadian units whose members are buried in the Burnsland Field of Honour.

Tour information

Tours are FREE and start promptly at 2 p.m. (weather permitting).

Note: Cemetery Tours are not wheelchair or stroller accessible and are best suited for ages nine and up. Pets are not permitted. For more information on our historical cemetery walking tours call the Cemetery office at 403-221-3660 or email CalgaryCemeteries@calgary.ca.

For updates on tour cancellations due to weather, please contact 311 or visit the Parks Facebook page.

Volunteer tour guides

Interested in leading a cemetery tour? Contact us for more information.

Register to Volunteer 

These sites are deemed historically significant to Calgary

The Calgary Heritage Authority has deemed Union Cemetery, Burnsland Cemetery and St. Mary's Cemetery to be historically significant cultural landscapes that played an important part in the settlement and establishment of Calgary as a city. If you would like more information about these historic cemeteries; or to discover some of the important people buried there, visit our pages on Union Cemetery history, Burnsland Cemetery history, Queen's Park Cemetery history, The Chinese Cemetery history and St. Mary's Cemetery history.