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://firstname.lastname@example.org
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