Community Resource: St. Luke’s Cemetery is one of Victoria’s earliest church burial grounds and the final resting place of many Cedar Hill, Lake Hill and Gordon Head pioneers as well as others who settled in the area. The first recorded interment was in 1886, although there were likely unrecorded burials prior to that. Many people in the Greater Victoria area have parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents buried in St. Luke’s Churchyard.
Cemetery Cleanups: In 2022, we are planning Cemetery Cleanup mornings on May 14th, June 18th, and July 16th from 9:00 - 11:30 am. Please drop in at any time that morning to see what’s new in the cemetery, ask a Cemetery Committee member to help you find a family grave, or to assist with the cleanup. Please bring gloves and, if possible, tools such as clippers, scraper, rake, and outdoor broom.
In 2021, we held Cemetery Cleanups on Saturday mornings on May 15th, June 19th, July 17th, and October 30th. Thank you to everyone who came out to the cleanups, especially to the large group, who came out on October 30th. A big thank you as well to the 5th Tsartlip Scouts and Venturers, and the 1st Cedar Hill Scouts and Venturers for all their work raking leaves and cleaning up the cemetery on Remembrance Day. See pictures at this link.
In 2020, we held Cemetery Cleanups on Saturday mornings on May 30th, June 20th, and July 25th from 9:00 am to 11:30 am. In 2019, Cemetery Tours, Cleanup mornings, and Open Houses were held on two Saturdays (May 25th and June 22nd).
We invite and welcome volunteers from the community at these cleanups. Community members are also welcome to help by cleaning graves at other times which fit their schedules.
More Information: If you would like to learn more about St. Luke's Cemetery and the people buried in it, please contact the Church Office by e-mail or phone 250-477-6741. The office is open between 9 am and 12 noon, Monday to Friday.
Map and Aerial View of the Cemetery: See the downloads below.