2022 Tours and Excursions

Our new 2022 tour schedule will be posted soon……..

Charge: $5 for non-members; $2 for members. Tours at Ross Bay Cemetery are signified RBC and start at the cemetery entrance on Fairfield Road, opposite the south end of Stannard Street. Others start where noted. No reservations needed.

Tours are either about or at Ross Bay Cemetery (RBC) unless otherwise indicated.


OCS members get a discount on the weekly tours and receive six copies per year of the newsletter “Stone Cuttings” plus advance notification of tours and other activities. Part of each membership and all donations assist many worthwhile projects undertaken by the OCS at RBC and other Greater Victoria heritage cemeteries each year.

Please use the form below for membership and donations or print a copy from this link. (https://oldcemhome.files.wordpress.com/2019/06/ocsv_membership_form.pdf)


OCS MEMBERSHIP (adult $30; student $20; household $45)

DONATION (any amount appreciated) OCS is a registered charitable organization and will issue an income tax receipt for donations. Your donation will assist our research, restoration and education work in local cemeteries.


Mailing Address:



Amount enclosed:

Make cheques payable to OCS.

Mail to:

Old Cemeteries Society
Box 50004
RPO Fairfield Plaza
Victoria, BC V8S 5L8

The Old Cemeteries Society has created a YouTube channel, in order to provide members and others the opportunity to view some of the video recordings from our recent Sunday Tours.

The following is a list of the videos available, to date — with a few more to be uploaded in the near future:

March 28th:   Stories Behind Our Street Names — John Adams and Yvonne Van Ruskenveld

April 4th:  More Than Angels and Obelisks — Yvonne Van Ruskenveld

April 11th:   Victoria’s Militia Goes To War — John Azar

April 25th:  Pioneer Square Gold Rush Tales —  John Adams

May 30th:  Civil War Stories:  Yvonne Van Ruskenveld

Here is the link to the Old Cemeteries Society YouTube channel:



Cemeteries provide exciting educational opportunities for all grade levels and for many subjects. Consider a visit to Ross Bay Cemetery or the Veterans’ Cemetery this year. Note some tours are available at set dates, while others may be booked at any time. Cost $45 per class.

October 1–31 Ghost tours at RBC

November 1–8 Tours on the topic of Remembrance Day at RBC or the Veterans’ Cemetery.

Other topics to choose from at any time:

• BC History • Gold Rush • Women’s History • Emily Carr • General Tour • Burial Traditions

Call 250.598.8870 to inquire about custom tours or to book.

Groups and school tours a specialty any time.

Ross Bay Cemetery and the Old Burying Ground (Pioneer Square) are open daily year-round during daylight hours. Stop by for a stroll on your own and chat with the OCS volunteers who are often at RBC. Self-guiding maps of both cemeteries are available from the OCS.

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