St. James Cemetery


History of St. James Church and Cemetery

The historic cemetery across from Polo Park at Tylehurst and Portage welcomes people to visit this old First Nations meeting ground - Our  gates are always open.  The Hudson Bay Company granted the land to the Parish of St. James in 1851. The Church, erected in 1853, is the oldest log church still in use for regular worship in Western Canada. People are welcome to attend the Sunday Services, held at 10 am during July and August.

Columbarium News

A columbarium has been built on the East side of the Cemetery. The theme is 'Come Home to St. James'.  Information re: ash niches and ash ground burial sites is available from Cemetery Manager,  Margaret Steele, or by phoning the St. James the Assiniboine Church office at   

(204) 888  3489.

Grave Stories from St. James

Stories are being gathered about the people buried in our Cemetery with the idea that they may eventually become part of a book. For now, they have been posted at   If you have a story please, email  the text and photo to Hazel Birt,

Mothers and Fathers Day Events at the Cemetery

The Friends of the Cemetery help with a Mother's Day and Father's Day Open House. We assist visitors in finding their relatives’ graves, serve refreshments, and sell flowers  for placement on family graves.

The Friends of the Cemetery

The "Friends of the Cemetery", a group of people from across Canada and the USA, was organized in 2005.  There are no fees, but Friends are encouraged to donate their time with events at the Cemetery (such as the Concert Series and Open House).  Donations towards special projects are most welcome: a small tree with a suitable plaque, a donation toward a new walkway leading to the church or just a donation to general maintenance.


We welcome donations!

Perhaps you would like to designate to a specific project?

Cheques may be made out to:

'St. James Anglican Church' with a memo on the cheque  'Friends of the Cemetery'

and send to

St. James Cemetery

c/o 195 Collegiate Street

Winnipeg, Manitoba   R3J 1T9.


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