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Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Union Cemetery, Calgary, AB
GPS: 51.027802, -114.057120
Erlton St & 32 Ave SW
Calgary, AB T2S 2W6
Published: March 4, 2020
Total records: 21,667
Union Cemetery is owned by the City of Calgary.
Calgary's public cemetery history started in 1885 when Calgary's first Protestant cemetery was established where Shaganappi golf course is today. In 1890 Union Cemetery opened in its current location to replace the cemetery at Shaganappi Point.
In 1884, Calgary was incorporated as a town with a population of over one thousand people. By year's end, it boasted its first newspaper, some thirty major buildings, and a healthy economy based on farming and ranching.
One of the first tasks of the new council was finding land for a Protestant cemetery. The only existing graveyard was at the Roman Catholic mission and it was clearly inadequate to meet the future needs of a growing city.
So in 1885 city councillors chose a plot of land of about fifty acres at Shaganappi Point; a beautiful spot overlooking the river valley which is now the site of the Shaganappi Golf Course. The first burial in this new cemetery took place in September of 1885. Unfortunately, back in the 1800s graves had to be dug by hand and it wasn't long before rocky soil conditions at Shaganappi Point forced council to seek another location.
In 1890, a hill to the south of the city at 28 Avenue and Spiller Road S.E. was chosen as the site for the new cemetery, Union Cemetery. The cemetery at Shaganappi Point closed soon after. The process of moving the burials from that site to the new Union Cemetery finally began in 1892 and was completed by 1912.
By 1923, however, the City soon recognized that Union Cemetery would soon reach full capacity, and immediately began work on clearing land for its next burial ground, Burnsland Cemetery.
City of Calgary Records
Records linked below were acquired from the City of Calgary on March 2, 2020. Note: Contains information licensed under the Open Government Licence – City of Calgary
Dates of burial in these records range from 1819 to 2020.
- Union Cemetery Plot Map, (804 KB)