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.
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.
The Calgary Heritage Authority has deemed Union Cemetery, Burnsland Cemetery, Chinese 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 location pages.
2022 cemetery tour dates, locations, times and registration
Tours start on Sunday, May 29, 2022 and will run until Sunday, Oct. 30, 2022.
To register, please click on the link with the date you would like to attend below or just drop in. Please note, there is a maximum of 25 participants per tour.
Every Sunday, 2:00 p.m. to 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.
St. Mary's Pioneer Cemetery
Second Saturday of each month, 2:00 p.m. to 3:20 p.m. (weather permitting)
Meet inside the St. Mary's Cemetery main gate at Erlton St. & 32 Ave. S.W.
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.
Friday, November 11, 2022 - Cancelled due to weather
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.
Volunteer tour guides
Interested in leading a cemetery tour? Contact us for more information.
For more information on cemetery tours please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday.