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Ross Bay Cemetery

1516 Fairfield Rd Victoria BC V8S 1G1

    Ross Bay Cemetery is the oldest surviving formal landscape design in BC and is a superb example of a Victorian-era burial ground. Unique trees and plantings, winding carriageways, intriguing marble, sandstone and granite monuments, bear witness to the many famous Canadians and Americans are buried here, including Sir James Douglas (BC’s first governor), many subsequent premiers, coal baron Robert Dunsmuir (who built Craigdarroch Castle), Sir Matthew Baillie Begbie, Emily Carr (world-famous artist), Billy Barker (discoverer of gold at Barkerville) and Nellie Chapman (the “Miners’ Angel” who was featured on a US postage stamp).

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    Destination Greater Victoria is honoured to be based on the traditional territory of the Lekwungen-speaking peoples of the Songhees Nation and the Esquimalt Nation, whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day.