Mountain View Cemetery, Vancouver
Mountain View Cemetery is the oldest cemetery in the City of Vancouver, British Columbia. Opened in 1887, it is located west of Fraser Street between 31st and 43rd Avenues.
It is owned and operated by the City of Vancouver and occupies 106 acres (0.43 km2) of land, containing 92,000 grave sites and 145,000 interred remains.
Only one existing cemetery in the vicinity, Fraser Cemetery in New Westminster (established in 1870), is older than Mountain View. When Mountain View Cemetery opened in 1887, it supplanted burial grounds in what was designated Stanley Park that same year as the city’s cemetery. The original parcel of land is now known as the “Old Cemetery” is bounded by Fraser Street on the east, 37th Avenue on the south, 33rd on the north, and a row of tall trees on the west. Land on the north of this was purchased in 1901 for an expansion from the Horne family, which became the “Horne I Addition.” The Jones farm on the south was added in 1910 as the Jones I and Jones II Additions, and in 1922, the Horne II was acquired on the west. The “1919 Addition” is a tract bounded by 41st and 43rd Avenues, and contains many victims of the Spanish flu pandemic that took many hundreds of lives of local residents. The final addition is the Abray Park Addition on the western side, acquired in 1941 and named after a squatter who previously lived on the land and tended an orchard and grazed cattle there. Burial sites historically were often grouped together along the lines of religion (e.g., Jewish), nationality (e.g., Chinese and Japanese), or organizational affiliation (e.g., Freemasons and Oddfellows). Other groupings are pauper grave sites and war veterans. The cemetery also has Canadian military graves. (Wikipedia)