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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.

2019 Summer Cemetery 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.

Tour starts on Sunday, May 26, 2019 and will run until Sunday October 27, 2019.

Burnsland Cemetery: Fourth Saturday of each month, 2 – 3:30 pm (weather permitting)
Meet at Galloway House near the Union Cemetery gate at Spiller Rd. & Cemetery Rd. S.E.

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

St. Mary’s Pioneer Cemetery: Second Saturday of each month, 2 – 3:20 pm (weather permitting)
Meet inside the St. Mary's Cemetery main gate at Erlton St. & 32 Ave. S.W.

  • June 8, July 13, August 10, September 14, October 12

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.

  • Sunday, May 26
  • June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
  • July 7, 14, 21, 28
  • August 4, 11, 18, 25
  • September 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
  • October 6, 13, 20, 27

Special Tours

To join any 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 Tour(Burnsland Cemetery): Monday July 1, 2019 @ 2 - 3:30 p.m.
  • Heritage Week Tours: 
    • Burnsland Cemetery Tour: Saturday, July 27 @ 2 - 3:00 p.m.
    • Queen's Park Cemetery Tour:  Saturday, August 3 @ 7 - 8:30 p.m.
      Meet at: Queens Park Cemetery Administration Office: 3219 – 4th St. NW
    • ​Union Cemetery Tour: Sunday, August 4 @ 2 - 3:30 p.m.
  • Remembrance Day Tour: (Union Cemetery): Monday, November 11 @ 2 – 3:30 pm

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

For updates on tour cancellations due to weather, please contact 311.

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.