Ross Bay Cemetery

Ross Bay Cemetery is located not far from my home along the waterfront in the Fairfield neighbourhood of Victoria. It is a formally planned Victorian era cemetery/park and is pretty much full now, with only a small number of burials each year in family plots or the few remaining empty ones. Many of British Columbia’s more famous settlers are buried here, and other notable people such as the artist Emily Carr. So, if  history interests you, it is worth a close look or even taking a guided tour with the Old Cemeteries Society. If you like planned park-like spaces it is worth a broader look, and taking a moment to marvel at the foresight of the designer who considered how trees would grow and age and how the space would take shape over a hundred years or more.

These pictures are from the same time as my earlier post featuring a monkey puzzle tree that spreads over the graves near the centre of the cemetery. Today I show two views of the same marble headstone, “front” and “back” I suppose, though I don’t know which is which.


And, for no particular reason other than I like it, below is a headstone in need of straightening that is also visible in one of the monkey puzzle shots.



7 thoughts on “Ross Bay Cemetery

  1. Pingback: Lovely and Pleasant – Ross Bay Cemetery « burnt embers

    • Thank you Robin. There are many more photos to be taken, and a few in the hopper that I might pull out in the future. Old cemeteries are some of the more secure green spaces in the urban setting, and with time take on the atmosphere of a park. Nice places to be in, and to end up in.


  2. Nice.This is how I remember the cemetery from walking through it. B and W suit the subject matter very well. Interested in Victoria scenes I’ve enjoyed leafing through your photo blog and look forward to seeing more.


    • Hi Joseph, thanks for taking the time to look around burntembers. I really like your photo of the Butter Church. It is hard to make a fresh image of a subject like that. I once had a job to document heritage churches in northern BC, including taking photos of them, and I am not a photographer by trade or by anything really in those days. It was really difficult to get good shots and I found that a telephoto lense and a bit of distance often made quite a lot of difference.


    • Hi Toad Hollow – thanks for coming by, and for liking my pictures. The cemetery seems to be a good fallback as a place to take pictures at just about anytime, which is what I have to do more of now that I have a DSLR. At night could be interesting, if the guards don’t kick me out.


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