guided cemetery tours in Calgary

Step into Calgary’s Past: Join Our Free Guided Cemetery Tours!

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Looking for a unique and educational free activity in Calgary? Consider joining one of the free guided cemetery tours offered by the City of Calgary. These tours provide an intriguing glimpse into the city’s rich history through the stories of those interred in its historic cemeteries.


From May through October, the City of Calgary offers free guided walking tours of its historic cemeteries, including Burnsland Cemetery, Union Cemetery, and St. Mary’s Cemetery. These tours are an excellent opportunity to learn about the notable individuals who shaped Calgary’s past, from politicians and pioneers to cowboys and cooks. Each cemetery has its unique charm and history, providing a reflective and educational experience for all ages.

Burnsland Cemetery, for instance, is the final resting place of many early settlers and community leaders. Union Cemetery features beautiful landscapes and historical monuments, while St. Mary’s Cemetery is known for its rich cultural heritage and notable figures. The tours typically last about an hour and are led by knowledgeable guides who share fascinating stories and insights about Calgary’s history.

Fun Facts

  • Historic Figures: Many prominent Calgarians, including former mayors, war veterans, and influential community members, are buried in these cemeteries.
  • Beautiful Landscapes: Union Cemetery offers stunning views of the city and the Rocky Mountains, making it a peaceful place for reflection.
  • Cultural Heritage: St. Mary’s Cemetery reflects Calgary’s diverse cultural history, with sections dedicated to different ethnic and religious groups.
  • Art and Monuments: The cemeteries are home to various monuments and sculptures, some of which date back over a century, providing a glimpse into the artistic styles of different eras.

Don’t miss out on this unique and educational free activity in Calgary. Whether you’re a history buff or simply looking for a peaceful outdoor experience, the free guided cemetery tours offer something for everyone. Take a step back in time and discover the stories that shaped Calgary.

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