Old Burying Ground, Halifax

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#4 of 18 in Historic Sites in Halifax
A National Historic Site of Canada and a tranquil sanctuary for self reflection, Old Burying Ground contains a large proportion of Halifax's ancestry. Founded in 1749, the town's oldest burial ground now contains some 12,000 plots, with the oldest surviving headstone inscribed with the date 1752. For several decades the grounds were the only burial site for Haligonians and now contain several notable residents, whose graves can be visited as you tread the historic paths. At the entrance you encounter the Welsford-Parker Monument, built in 1860 to commemorate lives lost in the Crimean War. For travelers who use our international travel planner, Halifax holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Old Burying Ground and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • August 15, 2017
    Just walked through on our way to the public gardens. Very old tombstones. Must be creepy at 3 in the morning... Well kept.  more »
  • July 23, 2017
    Interesting - well signed and maintained. Some of the older grave markers are fascinating to read. Make sure to add it to your walk in Halifax. Less than 10 minutes from the boardwalk.  more »
  • July 23, 2017
    Very interesting walk in this cemetary. There are around 1200 stones but about 12000 people burried there. The restoration work was great and impressing to see the dates on the tombstones.  more »
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  • April 19, 2017
    Really interesting place, lots of history here and there are people around to answer questions.
  • May 13, 2017
    It is amazing how many histories are buried here.
  • October 14, 2016
    This place is seriously steeped in history. So many more people are buried here than the headstones suggest. I recommend booking a tour and reading up on a bit since this is one of the oldest in North America
  • July 28, 2016
    It's a really cool old cemetery with old headstones. I originally thought titanic victims were buried here, but they're not. Wish there was some more information with historical notes. There's a few signs, but not too much
  • March 10, 2017
    Love to kick a sesh here with my mom sometimes

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