Ross Bay Cemetery has the distinction of being the most spectacular Victorian cemetery in British Columbia. It’s winding, tree-lined carriageways, magnificent tombstones with their poignant epitaphs and the distant views of the Olympic Mountains make it a memorable place to visit. Visitors are welcome during daylight hours every day of the year.
The cemetery is noted for several resident ghosts, including David Fee (who was murdered on the steps of St. Andrews Cathedral on Christmas Eve 1890), Isabella Ross (the first woman in British Columbia to own land, whose farm stood where the cemetery is now) and a mysterious, elderly couple who are dressed in fancy Victorian attire and who are seen from time to time gliding along the western side of the cemetery.
The Old Cemeteries Society
The Old Cemeteries Society conducts walking tours at Ross Bay Cemetery and many other cemeteries in Victoria on Sunday afternoons throughout the year. The society’s Annual Ghost Tour at Ross Bay Cemetery on a Sunday afternoon before Halloween has become a major part of the Ghosts of Victoria Festival.