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One of the notable grave sites at Mountain View. The tombstone of Robert McBeath, Victoria Cross recipient killed in the line of duty as a Vancouver police constable.

Coordinates: 49°14′7.7″N 123°5′33.5″W / 49.235472°N 123.092639°W / 49.235472; -123.092639 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. [1]

Notable occupants


Disaster victims

  • 1918 sinking of the SS Princess Sophia near Juneau, Alaska. This was the worst maritime disaster in terms of casualties on the Pacific Coast of North America. Sixty-Six of the 353 passengers who perished were buried in Mountain View.
  • 1910 Rogers Pass slide disaster (62 victims, 30 buried at Mountain View)
  • 1909 Lakeview BCER streetcar wreck. This was the worst transit accident in Vancouver’s history (15 killed, 12 buried at Mountain View).[2]


  • Harry Churchill Beet, recipient of the Victoria Cross for gallantry during the Second Boer War.
  • Henry O. Bell-Irving, wealthy cannery owner
  • Edward Evans Blackmore, local architect and designer of the city’s first Pantages Theatre.
  • Lieutenant-Colonel Alfred Carey, recipient of two DSOs and the Order of St Michael and St George.
  • William Carey Ditmars, business man who brought the first automobile to Vancouver.
  • Charles Edgar Edgett, warden of the BC Penitentiary from 1929-1931, Chief Constable of the Vancouver Police from 1931 to 1933, and zealous anticommunist.
  • Joe Fortes, a.k.a., “Old Black Joe,” popular lifeguard.
  • Samuel Greer, fought with the CPR over his claim to Kitsilano Beach.
  • Eric Hamber, Lieutenant Governor from 1936-1941.
  • Laurence William Herchmar, fifth commissioner of the North West Mounted Police.
  • Harry Jerome, Olympic runner.
  • John Chipman Kerr, Victoria Cross recipient
  • Thomas Ladner, founder of Ladner, British Columbia.
  • Malcolm MacLennan, Chief Constable of the Vancouver Police, killed in the line of duty in 1917.
  • Robert McBeath, Victoria Cross recipient, killed in the line of duty as a Vancouver police constable in 1921 at the age of 23.
  • William McGuigan, tenth mayor of Vancouver.
  • Sara Anne McLagan, first woman newspaper publisher in Canada.
  • James Skitt Mathews, Vancouver historian and archivist.
  • Frank Rogers, labour organizer murdered during a 1903 strike against the CPR.
  • Robertha Josephine Marshall, survivor of the 1912 sinking of the Titanic.
  • Jonathan Rogers, builder of the Rogers Building on Granville Street.
  • Yip Sang, prominent Chinese business leader, founded the Wing Sang Company in 1888 and supplied the CPR with Chinese labourers.
  • Sarah Emily Service, mother of poet Robert W. Service.
  • Robert Shankland, Victoria Cross recipient. [NOTE: The cemetery records do not include any reference to Robert Shankland ever being interred in the cemetery. It may be that his cremated remains were scattered in the cemetery.]
  • Janet Smith, a.k.a., the “Scottish Nightingale,” murdered in 1924 in what became the notorious “Janet Smith Case.”[3]


  1. ^ "History". Mountain View Cemetery. City of Vancouver, Community Services. Retrieved 2007-03-21.  
  2. ^ "Burials at Mountain View". Mountain View Cemetery. City of Vancouver, Community Services. Retrieved 2007-03-21.  
  3. ^ "Interesting Citizens". Mountain View Cemetery. City of Vancouver, Community Services. Retrieved 2007-03-21.  


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