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Mountain View Cemetery

  • Jul 6, 2013 · 6:30 PM
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Cemeteries, particularly older ones like Mountain View offer an ideal setting to engage history and nature...they are an oasis of tranquility in a chaotic city......they are creepy, peaceful and famous.....and they are a place filled with stories.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mountain View is Vancouver's only cemetery and has been owned and operated by the city since it opened in 1886..it's beautiful vistas and open spaces stretch out over the 106 acres west of Fraser Street between 31st and 43rd Avenues.

It is the final resting place of over 200,000 people. Some of the notable residents of the cemetery include: the founders of the city and 14 of its mayors; the architects and builders who helped shape the city's skyline, firefighters and policeman; many of whom lost their lives in the line of duty, veterans of both World Wars and those that perished in some of the worst disasters this general area has ever known..including the sinking of the SS Sophia in 1918, the Lakeway Tram crash of 1909 and the Rogers Pass Avalanche of 1910.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We highly recommend that before the photowalk, you take some time to go visit the cemeteries web-site http://mountain.view@vancouver.ca
Look on the left of the page and click on "visit mountainview cemetery"....self guided tours.....it will give you an idea of how large this place is.

For you Iphone/Ipad users look on this page for an app to download called icemetery where you can look up individual graves; some of interest include:

Robertha Marshall...... Titanic survivor

Joe Forte...Vancouvers first and favourite lifeguard

Angelo Calori....the owner of the Europe Hotel (that beautiful flatiron building in Gastown)

Malcolm Alexander McLean.....First Mayor of the City

Yip Sang...prominent Chinese businessman

Carodac Evans....the first internment in the cemetery

Eric Hamber.....Lt Governor of BC

What should I bring:

A camera, it doesn't matter if you have a cameraphone, a point and shoot camera or a digital SLR, any camera is fine....a tripod if you have one, a spray bottle filled with water and a small whist brush (read below).

Make sure you are comfortable......we will be walking in grass that, in some places could be wet from the sprinklers and long because of the maintenance schedule.

Where will we meet?

Outside the cemetery gates at East 41st Avenue and St George Street. DO NOT PARK IN THE CEMETERY AS PARKING GATES CLOSE AT 7PM. We have made special arrangements to have the cemeteries pedestrian gates remain open later for us to do this photo-walk.From here we will wander the grounds for two hours or so.

How do I get there?

You can catch a bus. Check your route details on Google Map or at www.translink.ca. You can also drive.....street parking is available on both sides of East 41st Avenue.

Wetting down a tombstone with a spray bottle of fresh water can sometimes make carvings stand out much more than when dry. After wetting the stone, allow the surface to dry for a few minutes, leaving the indented lettering damp, which makes it darker and easier to read. You may need to sweep away grass/debris etc from any markers that are flush with the ground.

This should be a "no-brainer" but do not wander around with your equipment taking pictures if there is a committal or graveside service in progress.

If you move any flowers or remembrance items to get your photograph, remember to replace them before leaving.

 

AT ALL TIMES, PLEASE BE MINDFUL OF YOURSELF AND YOUR FELLOW PHOTOWALKERS, YOUR PROPERTY AND YOUR SURROUNDINGS!

We are enthusiastic about photography and lovers of the City of Vancouver and the GVRD....however we are not qualified to answer any technical questions you may have...there may be more skilled members participating on the walk to answer your questions...if not Barry J. Brady has kindly offered to answer any questions by email.

AFTER THE MEET-UP DON'T FORGET TO UPLOAD UPTO EIGHT of your most hauntingly beautiful images.

We will be gravely disappointed if you can't join us!

Tracy, Jan and Kelly

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  • kelly

    Such amazing photos everyone......and YES, I will certainly contact the cemetery manager about a return visit in the fall! I'll be in touch with him tomorrow......I hope you all behaved yourselves after I left....you didn't do anything to upset the neighbours did you???

    1 · July 7, 2013

  • tracy

    What a beautiful night ,I hope you all enjoyed the walk

    July 7, 2013

  • Katherine D.

    Thanks for organizing at this unique location! Would love to do this again in the Fall!

    2 · July 7, 2013

  • Jeanette

    Thanks for organising another interesting walk Jan, Kelly and Tracy. The time you spend arranging these is very much appreciated!

    2 · July 7, 2013

  • Patou

    Wonderful venue to shoot in. Thank you.

    July 7, 2013

  • M. Diane R.

    If you are interested in more monuments, I'd suggest Fraser Cemetery in New Westminster too. Not as big as Mountain View but St. Peter's Cemetery is right next door to it. Easy for transit. It is the oldest cemetery here. And those buried there have excellent views too :-)

    2 · July 7, 2013

  • M. Diane R.

    Beautiful photos! Thanks to the organizers for organizing us. Hope to attend the next. (Yes, in the fall, the colours are great too. ) For those looking for burial info, here is the link to the old (best!) Mountain View Cemetery web pages - burials listed to 2007. Use the VanMap link there to see who all is buried in a plot too: http://former.vancouver.ca/commsvcs/NONMARKETOPERATIONS/MOUNTAINVIEW/burials/index.htm
    And if you are planning other trips around BC, see the BC Genealogical Society's Cemetery Committee pages for cemetery info links (or contact us: [masked]): http://www.bcgs.ca/?page_id=467

    July 7, 2013

  • Peter

    very interesting location, thanks Kelly for taking us there

    1 · July 7, 2013

  • Patricia J.

    Thanks to all the organizers for setting this up. Now that I know what's there, I'm going to come back in the fall and/or when it's raining. :-)

    1 · July 6, 2013

  • Gerry H.

    VERY well organized, thanks! I was disappointed that there weren't more statues and unusual monuments, but that it not the fault of the organizers. Glad I went!!

    1 · July 6, 2013

    • kelly

      There is another "old" section of the cemetery...it is north of 33rd Avenue....there are old and interesting monuments in there...it was pretty much a coin toss to choose which section to go to.....parking was difficult over there We will posting the walk again in the fall and we will

      July 6, 2013

    • kelly

      .....go to that side of the cemetery.

      July 6, 2013

  • kelly

    Thanks for the great turn-out.....it is a very interesting place.....I still didn't make it out of the "JONES" section....we already have plans to rerun this meet-up in the fall. Looking forward to seeing all the great pictures that were taken.....don't forget to post upto eight of you best...

    2 · July 6, 2013

  • Peter H.

    Great venue. Challenging light. Would love to visit again in the fall when the leaves change. Thanks to the organizers. :)

    July 6, 2013

  • Victor

    Thank you, Kelly, Jan & Tracy for organizing and hosting another great photowalk! Think I manage to see/shoot about 1/10 of the cemetery. Looking forward to future photowalks back there!

    July 6, 2013

  • Natasha

    Ladies--Thanks for organising another interesting walk!

    July 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    OK

    July 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Some very cool headstones, didn't realize the cemetery was so big, thx 4 organizing Kelly!

    July 6, 2013

  • sharon

    Sorry running late because of transit but will still be there.

    July 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll b a bit late but on my way from d/t!

    July 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I love cemeteries! :)

    July 6, 2013

  • kelly

    We need someone to take the group photo....any volunteers?

    July 6, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yes, my self :)

      July 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I change my opinion for distance. I will go. See you there my new friends. Your "instructor" :)

    July 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hurt my foot pressure washing, see you next time.

    July 6, 2013

    • Doris F.

      Hi Penny, I am sorry to hear that, was looking forward to seeing you. Get well soon!

      July 6, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      so was I, looks like such a good opportunity, I put my name down for Minter Gardens let me know if you would like a ride, we can work something out, or maybe there will be car pool from Vancouver. Enjoy.

      July 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello, I am so sorry, but is too far for me. I look forward to see you close to downtown. Have a great time!!!

    July 6, 2013

  • Jack V.

    I am sorry to have to cancel last minute but I am dealing with a family emergency.

    Sorry again.

    July 6, 2013

  • Mel W.

    Sorry.. I'm not able to make it. I would have been fun to meet everyone for the first time. Next time have fun all.

    July 6, 2013

  • Caroline Y.M. N.

    I am sure somebody there will bring a tripod.

    July 6, 2013

  • Caroline Y.M. N.

    It should be East 41st Avenue, NOT West 41st Aavenue.

    July 5, 2013

    • kelly

      Yes, Thank-you....I thought I had corrected it...

      July 6, 2013

  • Richard W.

    Sorry can't make it this time.

    July 5, 2013

  • kelly

    CHECK YOUR EMAIL...I have just sent you a route...this will give you some time to figure out what areas and people of historic interest we will be passing if you are inclined to do so.....

    July 5, 2013

  • kelly

    I encourage you to bring a small brush...the lawns have been mowed recently but not raked and there is dead grass (fitting) on the headstones that are flush to the ground.....if you haven't leisurely walked through a cemetery before, believe me you will spend lots of time looking at and reading markers!

    July 5, 2013

  • kelly

    In case you haven't looked at this, here is a link to a map & self-guided
    cemetery tour:

    http://vancouver.ca/files/cov/mountain-view-self-guided-walk.pdf

    Please either print it or have access to it for the photo-walk....Tracy and I spent over an hour there earlier this evening and have a better idea of a route....although as I said earlier, we will all be drawn to different things.....shapes... lines...landscape...light and shadow etc.

    We also tried to find a coffee shop for an after walk meet-up, but everything closes at 8PM...there are lots of places on Main Street, but they were all packed and it doesn't make sense to suggest a place and then not be able to get in.....so I am going to suggest that we extend the walk to 2.5 hours....for those who choose to stay longer.

    July 4, 2013

  • Peter

    Hi Kelly, thanks for organizing the photowalk. After reading thru the "mountain-view-self-guided-walk", the "famous" and "historical" are located in all directions. My question is how do we go thru the cemetery : in one big group or in smaller groups? Thanks

    July 4, 2013

    • kelly

      Hi Peter, you are asking me something I am unsure how to answer.....when I went to walk a route, I became totally distracted and fascinated and though I was headed in the right direction, I never made it....the place is huge.

      July 4, 2013

    • kelly

      I think this will be a very personal choice and everyone will handle it differently.....and be drawn in by different things...I am going to suggest two different ideas on Saturday. If you have found someone of interest or a specific group of people or area please feel free to check them out......if not, I think it just best to walk and....see where you end up...there is a "direction" I will suggest we head off in, but as you know with these photo-walks, most people go off on their own...they always break into smaller groups. I hope that makes sense Peter, if not right now, when you get there and experience the property for yourself...see you Saturday

      1 · July 4, 2013

  • kelly

    Hi all, I really hate leaving anyone behind.....so I have just contacted the cemetery manager and I have been able to increase the number of attendees. PLEASE, DO NOT PARK IN THE CEMETERY or your car could be locked in. We also have permission to stay a bit longer if anyone so desires....the security company has/will be notified that we will be on the grounds .....and please, if your plans change and you can't attend...CHANGE YOUR RSVP.

    July 3, 2013

    • Kai F.

      Thanks a lot!

      July 4, 2013

    • kelly

      Your welcome, we will have 106 acres to ourselves, a few more people won't make a difference at all and as I said I really don't like leaving anyone behind.....

      July 4, 2013

  • robert

    Sorry must work this Saturday.Next time I Hope !!!

    July 3, 2013

  • Haroon

    It is in 41st EAST, right?

    July 3, 2013

    • kelly

      Yes Haroon, thanks for bringing that to my attention!

      July 3, 2013

  • Geoff D.

    Away that weekend, sounds like a good walk Kelly

    July 3, 2013

  • M. Diane R.

    At last, a walk I can attend and at one of my very favourite Vancouver places! I do tours at Mountain View so will be able to answer some questions about the cemetery/memorials. The 'old' City of Vancouver website has far better info on Mountain View. Check there under History, for instance, and under Genealogy Resources, you will find maps and lists of people buried but also links to info on certain groups, like Mayors, firefighters, disaster victims, etc. http://former.vancouver.ca/commsvcs/NONMARKETOPERATIONS/MOUNTAINVIEW/index.htm There isn't an Android app, but on your computer you can use the VanMap cemetery application. The link is on the former website - see the link above.

    1 · June 29, 2013

    • Peter H.

      If folks like cemeteries, I would suggest the one in Fort Langley too. The fort and town also make for a fairly large venue of photo ops. Parks Canada likes to tell all sorts of colonial ghost stories about the burials for the tourists too. :)

      July 2, 2013

    • kelly

      Hey Peter, I am just in middle of working out the logistics of doing a phot walk to Fort Langley in August.

      July 2, 2013

  • Jan

    Hi everyone, just a gentle reminder....if for some reason your plans change and you can't make it, please change your RSVP to a No as we have people on the waitlist who would like to attend. Thanks.

    July 1, 2013

  • M. Diane R.

    And a plug, some might be interested to attend our Women of Mountain View Cemetery walk, Aug 5th. http://vancouver.ca/news-calendar/women-at-mountain-view-walking-tour-2013-aug-4.aspx This will be led by Lorraine Irving and myself from the BC Genealogical Society and Jolene Cumming of the Herstory Cafe.

    1 · June 29, 2013

    • Carissa

      Marie are you asking about the photo walk or separate cemetery walk?

      July 1, 2013

    • kelly

      Hi Marie...the photo-walk is on July 6 as posted.....there is a tour of the cemetery taking place on August 4th

      July 1, 2013

  • Derek C.

    Would love to do this, but I'll probably be shooting KISS that night.

    June 29, 2013

  • Nick

    gota start somewhere .
    Might as well be a cemetery...

    June 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    June 29, 2013

  • Berge S.

    Great idea! Would love to attend but I have a soccer tournament that weekend. Have fun!

    June 29, 2013

  • Brigitte

    Sounds like fun. Looking forward to it.

    June 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I love cemeteries! :)

    June 29, 2013

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