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.
2017 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.
Burnsland Cemetery - fourth Saturday of each month, 2 - 3:30 p.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 Saturday of each month, 2 - 3:30 p.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 the Union Cemetery entrance at Cemetery Rd & Spiller Rd. S.E.
- May 21 & 28
- June 4, 11, 18 & 25
- July 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30
- August 6, 13, 20 & 27
- September 3, 10, 17 & 24
- October 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29
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, Saturday, July 1, 10 - 11:30 a.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.
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.
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