Canada’s Oldest Regular Cemetery: Garrison Cemetery, Annapolis Royal, N.S.

wDSC_9472

Old Tombstones, Garrison Cemetery, Annapolis Royal, N.S.

___

Canada’s oldest formal cemetery is Garrison Cemetery, which is situated adjacent to historic Fort Anne in Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia.  While Garrison Cemetery is not as large as the nearly-as-old eighteenth-century burial grounds in Halifax, the setting — amidst the rolling hills of the Fort’s grounds and the sweeping Annapolis River close by — is especially picturesque. Given that Annapolis Royal served as both the capital of Acadia and later as the first capital of Nova Scotia, the well-worn tombstones on the cemetery grounds are quite old indeed, as attested by the protective marker frames in several of the pictures below from a trip last Fall.  (Click any image to enlarge)

___

Similar Posts:

• Halifax’s Beautiful Old Burying Ground

• Saint John’s Transcendent Old Loyalist Burial Grounds

Saint John’s Transcendent Old Loyalist Burial Grounds

wDSC_0190

Weathered Tombstone, Old Loyalist Burial Grounds, Saint John, N.B.

___

Cemeteries are places of transcendent reverence, contemplation and connectedness.  I’m particularly moved by final resting grounds that are situated in locations that cause them to be part of a people’s day-to-day lives.  One of the best and most visually gorgeous of these is the very old Loyalist Burial Grounds in Saint John, New Brunswick, which, like Halifax’s Old Burying Ground, is in the heart of the city’s downtown core.  These pictures from a recent trip on a brisk November morning makes clear that the majestic tombstones dating to as early as 1783 are very much a part of the urban environment built up around them.  With its winding walkways, inviting benches and vast shade trees, the Loyalist Burial Grounds is as much a frequented park space as it is a place for memory and serves as a peaceful oasis amidst the surrounding hustle and bustle.

Pastoral Splendor On the Ile d’Orleans

addDSC_8152_edited-1

Rustic Barn with Red Doors, Ile d’Orleans

Quebec Month / Installment 4

Situated just a few miles north of Quebec City is the Ile d’Orleans, a smallish island of about 20 miles in length (about the size of N.Y.’s Manhattan Island) and one of the earliest areas settled in Quebec.  Its coast-hugging main road is filled with postcard-perfect pastoral vistas bordered by wide expanses of the St. Lawrence and distant rolling mountains.

addDSC_8124_edited-1

Small Barn Overlooking St. Lawrence River, Ile de Orleans

addDSC_8102_edited-1

Early Spring Farm Field, Ile d’Orleans

addDSC_8073_edited-1

Old Farm Wagon, Ile d’Orleans

addDSC_8046_edited-1

Green Space On the St. Lawrence, Ile d’Orleans

addDSC_8037_edited-1

Tombstone with Cross, Sainte Famille Church, Ile d’Orleans

addDSC_8163_edited-1

Farm and Silos, Ile d’Orleans

addDSC_8160_edited-1

Old Barn with Rusted Roof, Ile d’Orleans

addDSC_8033_edited-1

Cemetery, Sainte Famille Church, Ile d’Orleans

addDSC_8041_edited-1

Sainte Famille Church, Ile d’Orleans

<span>%d</span> bloggers like this: