Sunday, October 26, 2008

A Night For All Souls, Mountain View Cemetery, Vancouver, B.C., October 2008

Mountain View Cemetery, 25 October, 2008, Vancouver, B.C.

Yesterday was a beautiful fall day in Vancouver, British Columbia, perfect weather for the 'A Night for All Souls' event at Mountain View Cemetery. I thought I'd post a few photographs to show something about it.

Mountain View Cemetery opened in 1887. It's not the oldest cemetery in this area, but it is certainly the largest. Today it's 105 acres with about 100,000 burials. In recent years, there have been many changes - the most obvious now the construction of new offices and columbaria, the Commonwealth War Grave Commission's upgrading of its areas and the City and the Last Post Fund's construction of 13 monuments to commemorate the almost 1,000 'known' unmarked veteran's graves at Mountain View. Perhaps more about these projects another time.

Perhaps the most successful addition is the new 'infants burial' stream bed - every rock symbolizing a burial. (These were all in common graves.) One of the 'All Souls' shrines was right beside this area.


'One Stone for Every Infant', Infant Area Project, Mountain View Cemetery, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada:


Philly Graveyard Rabbit said...

Those are absolutely beautiful--thanks for sharing them. I love that the graveyard sits in the shadow of a mountain.

Terry Thornton said...

I'm always amazed at how beautiful Vancouver is --- and this cemetery is stunning. I had no idea it was so large --- 100,000 burials is a large cemetery!

Thanks for sharing these photographs.