Holy Cross, Halifax

Established 1843

Holy Cross Cemetery is a treasured “rural cemetery” of Irish heritage in the heart of the city of Halifax, Nova Scotia. Located at South and South Park Streets in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Holy Cross Cemetery is the oldest Catholic Cemetery in the city and is registered historic site. Our Lady of Sorrows chapel was built in one day in August 1843.

There are approximate 23,000 interments in the cemetery.


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I learned my love of “spirit walking” from my Mother, Barbara Ann Scott. My Mum was an avid genealogist who spent many days in cemeteries in Ontario, Quebec and Scotland. I joined my Mother on many of these research visits and found that I was really moved by some of the inscriptions, the dates and trends. I realized that much could be learned about the local history of an area by examining the cemeteries. I have continued to be inspired to visit cemeteries in communities even if I don’t know anyone who is interred there. I have stumbled upon former Canadian Prime Ministers, artists and athletes. I have also discovered many small communities and vanished villages near and far from home. This web site is about acknowledging the many great Canadians who shaped the Canada I know.

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