...Where heaves the turf in many a mould'ring heap,
Each in his narrow cell for ever laid,
The rude forefathers of the hamlet sleep.

Thomas Gray

Cemeteries are museums. Their collections document the artifacts of our material culture, the history of our communities and our families, and the stories of heroes, villains, and ordinary people like you and me. The cemeteries of this country are as important to the fabric of our cultural heritage as the National Gallery or Museum of Civilization. To quote a common passage, cemeteries are where:

"Lives are commemorated - deaths are recorded - families are reunited - memories are made tangible - and life is undisguised...A cemetery is a history of people - a perpetual record of yesterday and a sanctuary of peace and quiet today.

Most of this site is dedicated to stories from the historic cemeteries in and around Calgary, Alberta, but I have included other interesting cemeteries I have visited across Canada.

You will not find ghost stories in this site, nor will you find gothic horror, satanic rituals or portals to the underworld: that's not what cemeteries are about. You will find stories from the early days of Western Canada: stories of the pioneers who played an important part in the recent history of this region. I will add to this list as I continue to visit more cemeteries, do more research and take more pictures.

You shouldn't just sit in front of your computer, you should visit the cemeteries yourself but remember, cemeteries are fragile resources. The monuments, architecture and landscape should be treated like objects found in any museum. You can help preserve our cemeteries for future generations, and enjoy yourself in the process, by following a few simple suggestions found in the link below.

All text and photos copyright Don Sucha unless otherwise noted. Please contact me if you wish to use any information on this site. Likewise, if you see any mistakes in what I have said, please let me know by e-mail.

Special thanks to Glenn Griffiths of Griphon Media for the opening graphic and banner.

Calgary Cemeteries:

Cemeteries outside of Calgary: