Ross Bay Cemetery Guided Tour

Group of about 50 people, women, men and youth, wearing coats/hats gathered around gravesites at Ross Bay Cemetery, speaker stands in front of one of the grave markers, grass underfoot, trees in background

Sunday, February 25th
2:00 to 3:00 pm
Meet at the entrance by 1:45 pm
Ross Bay Cemetery
1495 Fairfield Road

$5.00/$2.00 OCS & BCBHAS members

REGISTRATION ONLY IN PERSON: By 1:45 pm, meet at the Ross Bay Cemetery, 1495 Fairfield Road, at the entrance across from Stannard Ave. At this entrance is the Memorial Gate. We understand this is a popular time to exercise your canine buddies, however the Cemetery has a NO DOGS Policy.

ABOUT THE TOUR: Did you know there are more than 50 Black Pioneers and/or their descendants at Ross Bay Cemetery? This is a guided tour of a few of their graves and others who were influential in the migration of Blacks to this British Colony. The tour hosts are James Gatsi, CEO of a local tech company – CL Web Developers and BC Black History Awareness Society member; and John Adams, Old Cemeteries Society member and owner-operator of “Discover the Past Walking Tours”.

AND – this year there will be a special tribute given by Captain (Ret’d) D.L. Gibson, MMM, CD; one of our members and a member of the Last Post Fund. She will be honoring Richard Stokes (1835-1885), Private, Victoria Pioneer Rifle Corps. A new grave marker was just installed on November 10, 2023.

AND – In the summer of 2023 the Society received funding to restore up to 9 grave markers. The project is ongoing, a few of the grave markers that have been restored will be visited as part of this tour.

Ross Bay Cemetery Tour photos: ©BC Black History Awareness Society, All rights reserved

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