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.
Discover stories and biographies of our early pioneers buried at Union, Burnsland, St. Mary’s Pioneer, St. Mary’s and Queen’s Park by visiting Calgary Cemetery Lives created by Amanda Borys, Cemetery Tour Volunteer. Do you want to see where someone is buried? Visit our map and explore on your own.
Note: Cemeteries are not wheelchair or stroller accessible. 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.
Volunteer tour guides
Interested in leading a cemetery tour? Contact us for more information.
Union Cemetery Virtual Tour
Join Shelly, volunteer cemetery tour guide on a virtual tour of the historic Union Cemetery. Featured in this video are the Galloway family, The Yorkshire Giant, John Ware, Reverend Angus Robertson, Davina McElroy and John Sibley.
Union Cemetery Virtual Tour
Join Sheila, volunteer cemetery tour guide on a virtual tour of the historic union Cemetery. Hear stories of officers with the North West Mounted Police, Captain Cecil Denny and Sargeant Major T.J Kempster, the Bentley family, Robert Steen, Dudley Ward, D.R McWilliams, May Swindel and Charles Taves.
St. Mary’s Pioneer Cemetery Virtual Tour – Part 1
Join Amanda, volunteer cemetery tour guide on a virtual tour of the St. Mary’s Pioneer cemetery. Learn about the rich history of some of Calgary’s earliest settlers John Glenn, Mary Deane – wife of Richard Burton Deane and the McNeil family.
St. Mary’s Pioneer Cemetery Virtual Tour – Part 2
Join Amanda, volunteer cemetery tour guide on a virtual tour of the St. Mary’s Pioneer cemetery. Learn about the rich history of some of Calgary’s earliest settlers, Mother Mary Greene, the Rouleau’s and Peter Prince.
Burnsland Cemetery Virtual Tour
Join Amanda, volunteer cemetery tour guide on a virtual tour of the Burnsland Cemetery. The tour highlights some of Calgary’s earliest citizens who dedicated their lives to the betterment of the community. Euphemia Hill Bagnall, Inspector Carruthers, Ivan Crooks, Henry Jenkins, Rosella Henry and Ernie Starr are all featured in this tour.
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.