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Cemetery tours

Cemetery tours

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

Join volunteer 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.

2018 summer tour dates and times

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

Tours start on Sunday, May 27, 2018 and will run until Sunday, October 28, 2018.

Burnsland Cemetery - fourth Sunday of each month, 10 - 11:30 a.m. (weather permitting)
Meet at Galloway House near the Union Cemetery gate at Spiller Rd. & Cemetery Rd. S.E.

  • May 27, June 24, July 22, August 26, September 23 & October 28

St. Mary's Pioneer Cemetery - second Sunday of each month, 10 - 11:30 a.m. (weather permitting)
Meet inside the St. Mary's Cemetery main gate at Erlton St. & 32 Ave. S.W.

  • June 10, July 8, August 12, September 9 & October 14

Union Cemetery - every Sunday, 2 - 3:30 p.m. (weather permitting)
Meet at Galloway House near the Union Cemetery gate at Spiller Rd. S.E. and Cemetery Rd S.E.

  • May 27
  • June 3, 10, 17 & 24
  • July 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29
  • August 5, 12, 19 & 26
  • September 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30
  • October 7, 14, 21 & 28

Special Tours

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.
  • Remembrance Day at Burnsland Cemetery, Sunday, 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 10 a.m. or 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

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.