The Old Burying Ground
Activities if you can visit the Old Burying Ground in person
The Old Burying Ground is easy to find in downtown Victoria. It is readily accessible by public transit and lots of parking is available nearby for those bringing a car. For groups arriving by private bus, the easiest drop off and pick up point is on Meares Street, beside the Old Burying Ground. Meares Street is a relatively quiet one-way street of mixed residential and business activities. Please obey parking restrictions.
Print off the walking tour map and notes on the website, or obtain a free copy of the printed walking tour brochure from the Old Cemeteries Society.
Take your camera to the Old Burying Ground and develop your own photo essay based on a wide range of possible topics:
Note: Gravestone rubbings are a popular activity in some cemeteries, but the monuments at the Old Burying Ground are mostly made of soft sandstone that can easily be damaged. Please do not do rubbings of the tombstones, but take photographs or make sketches instead.
Make a map of the monuments, trees and pathways at the Old Burying Ground, or one section of it. This is an ideal project for applying measuring and scale drawing skills. As a variation of map making, use GPS coordinates.
Activities you can do even if you don’t visit the Old Burying Ground in person
Prepare an in-class presentation or vignettes about the people buried at the Old Burying Ground, based on biographical information and photographs on the website, in addition to extra information available on the Internet and other resources.
Read the History of the Old Burying Ground and develop an assignment or project about some of the report’s controversial points. Projects can take many forms, such as essays, in-class presentations or debates. Possible topics include:
Use mock interviews with a student “reporter” and put someone involved in a controversial topic on the “hot seat.” Possible people to interview are:
Use the on-line database of burials to practise research skills or to prepare statistical reports, graphs and timelines. Here are a few suggestions:
If there is a small cemetery, or a portion of a larger cemetery, near your school or where you live, use it for activities. Here are some suggestions: