Welcome

The Old Cemeteries Society of Victoria is dedicated to researching, preserving and encouraging the appreciation of Victoria’s heritage cemeteries.

Our members are involved in many volunteer activities which include, cataloging, cleaning and restoring monuments, computerizing burial records, combating vandalism, conducting historical research and giving walking history tours. These activities are conducted mainly at Ross Bay Cemetery.

Old cemeteries are fascinating places to visit. In Victoria you’re welcome to explore some of the most interesting ones in British Columbia. Come on your own, or on a guided walking history tour. Learn what it was like to live here long ago.

You’ll find quiet, parklike settings, monuments and sculpture, beautiful views towards the sea and mountains, and a sense of history unsurpassed anywhere else in the capital city.

Walk through history in Victoria’s old cemeteries. Learn about the famous, the infamous, the cruel, the gentle, the rich and the poor. The characters of Victoria’s past come alive when their stories are retold by the guides of The Old Cemeteries Society of Victoria.

  • Walking History Tours every Sunday afternoon at 2 PM (Except January)
  • Ghost Bus-tours and Ghost Walks in October
  • Field Trips, Workshops and Lectures

Lively society of cemetery enthusiasts aka taphophiles! Local historians, researchers, recorders, writers, tour guides, volunteer caretakers of old cemeteries