Ross Bay Cemetery
Ross Bay Cemetery, named for its unique oceanside location at Ross Bay, has been in continuous use since 1872 and is maintained and managed by the City of Victoria.
About the Cemetery
Mature trees grace Ross Bay Cemetery. The widest range of pine trees in the Victoria area can be found here, as well as Spanish Fir, Rocky Mountain white fir and cork-bark elm. Japanese flowering cherries add a flourish of colour to the old monuments and grave art.
Memorial Entrance Gate Project - 2022/23
The Old Cemeteries Society of Victoria is installing a memorial entrance gate at Ross Bay Cemetery to mark the cemetery's 150th anniversary in 2023. The project also includes brass plaques that show the cemetery's name and a brief history.
The Society has been working with the City for a number of years on plans to install the gate at the Stannard Street entrance. The Society has received a Heritage Alteration Permit and authorization from the City and will continue to work with City staff throughout the project.
Construction begins in September 2022 and is scheduled to be completed by January 2023.
Information about the project is available at oldcem.bc.ca.
The Old Cemeteries Society conducts popular guided tours through the cemetery and operates a visitor's centre across Fairfield Road at historic Ross Bay Villa, which is open for public inquiries on Sundays from 1-3 p.m. For more information, visit: Old Cemeteries Society.
Forms for Interment
The City allows full interments as well as interments of cremated remains at Ross Bay Cemetery. To learn more, please see below.
- Affidavit [PDF - 15 KB]
- Order for Interment [PDF - 37 KB]
- Secondary Use Form [PDF - 37 KB]
- Current Rates & Fees [PDF - 71 KB]
- Ross Bay Cemetery Records [PDF - 22 KB]