Ross Bay Cemetery ~ Victoria B.C.

I mentioned previously that my sister Lana and I really enjoy visiting old cemeteries. The Ross Bay Cemetery in Victoria was one that we were happy to discover.

Ross Bay Cemetery has the oldest surviving formal landscape design in BC and is a superb example of a Victorian-era burial ground. Its profusion of unusual trees and plantings, winding carriageways, graves with intriguing marble, sandstone and granite monuments, all bear witness to the people buried here.


This walk to the cemetery was part of our Sister Weekend. Lana is far ahead with Kathy and Vera trailing…


Many famous Canadians and Americans are buried here, including Sir James Douglas (BC’s first governor), many subsequent premiers, coal baron Robert Dunsmuir (who built Craigdarroch Castle), Sir Matthew Baillie Begbie (the “Hanging judge), Emily Carr (world-famous artist), Billy Barker (discoverer of gold at Barkerville) and Nellie Chapman (the ‘Miners’ Angel who was featured on a US postage stamp).

This is my first of 2 posts from the Ross Bay Cemetery.

This week I’m laying low and considering a challenge to slow down during this Holy Week. I want to reflect on what Christ has done for us. Looking forward to Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday services with a Saturday in between where we have a baking day here at this old house baking our Kulich (Paska) and making our Seerney Paska (Sweet Cheese Spread) for the Kulich (Paska). We’ve decided on our Easter menu and we will have our traditional lamb marinated and grilled, Shish kebabs. We call our lamb kebabs Shashlik.

Hope your week is going well.

Photobucket replaced all my photos with these blurred out versions and they are holding my photos hostage until I pay them lots of money. I’m slowly going through all my posts and trying to clean them up and replacing some photos. Such a bother.

About Ellen am a wife, mother, baba (grandmother) and a loyal friend. Jesus is my King and my hope is in my future with Him.

9 thoughts on “Ross Bay Cemetery ~ Victoria B.C.

  1. I too love old cemeteries. I saw one from a distance as we went out to Daffodill Hill last week. I would have stopped but I wasn’t the driver. That one headstone you show is so cool. To be able to read a short story of the woman’s life right there on her headstone…wonderful.

  2. That is a lovely artful place to rest until the last trump sounds. If you ever come to SLC we can stroll the two Victorian era cemeteries here if you would like. The deer live in one of them and are most picturesque in the setting.
    Passover and Easter mediation here too.

  3. That last stone…was it redone at some point. It is so easy to read. Yet it looks somewhat weathered. I love to wander cemeteries. One of our history teachers started a new project with Middle School kids to research the history of our town and find the burial sites of those people. Then she had them dress in period clothes and actually had the kids do presentations at the grave sites. It was very interesting. Peace to your spirit as you abide with Him. Your Easter menu sounds wonderful. I guess I need to get thinking about what we’re going to do this weekend….it kind of snuck up on me.

  4. Interesting! A few months ago I came across a children’s book on Emily Carr, I didn’t know who she was. It was a good book!

  5. Ellen, I love cemetaries as well… the graves are like the closed books hiding the lives of real people… only the ‘cover’ is visible… but I stand and wonder who they were…..
    I love that you had this wonderful time with your sisters…
    and I wish you a blessed week as you relax and reflect… May your time and thoughts be blessed !

  6. Hi Ellen B, this looks like a lovely cemetery…yet another thing we missed on our visit ;-O. Such wonderful conversation starters ;-). Do you remember the oldest headstone you saw?

    I hope you have a wonderful Easter week making memories.
    We’re going to a Passover Super this evening, with a N. T. view.

    xoxo cori g.

  7. Old cemetaries are interesting! The history and just making neat discoveries about the lives of the people like the Ross tombstone is neat. I remember visiting the old graveyard in Budapest, Hungary with my mom when I was 10. That place had some pretty amazing tombstones for sure.

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