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Ross Bay Cemetery (1495 Fairfield Rd.) has to be one of the finest locations in all creation to spend eternity. Luminaries interred here include the first governor of the island, James Douglas; frontier judge Matthew Begbie; and west coast painter Emily Carr. An Historic Guide to Ross Bay Cemetery (Sono Nis Press), available in Munro's Books, as well as other bookstores, gives details on people buried here and directions to grave sites.

Pioneer Square, on the corner of Meares and Quadra streets beside Christ Church, is one of British Columbia's oldest cemeteries. Hudson's Bay Company fur traders, ship captains, sailors, fishermen, and crew members from British Royal Navy vessels lie beneath the worn sandstone markers.

Contact the Old Cemeteries Society (tel. 250/598-8870; www.oldcem.bc.ca) for more information on tours of both of these graveyards.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.