St. James 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 during July and August (service information is on our Worship page).
The first interment took place in 1856, and this non-denominational* cemetery is still in operation: a columbarium was added several years ago, and ash burials still take place. * St James Cemetery, although it surrounds an Anglican church, is the cemetery for the 'parish', which became the town.
Come Home to St. James: Information about ash niches and ash ground burial sites is available from Cemetery Manager, Rosalie Gill or by phoning the St. James Church office at
(204) 888 3489 (please leave a detailed message with contact information).
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 online. If you have a story please, email the text and photo to Hazel Birt, or contact us.
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 Doors Open).
Donations towards special projects are most welcome: a small tree with a suitable plaque, a donation toward a new walkway leading to the church, a bench for visitors to rest on ... or just a donation to general maintenance. Perhaps you would like to designate for a specific project?
Cheques may be made out to:
'St. James Anglican Church' with a memo on the cheque 'Cemetery'
St. James Cemetery
c/o 195 Collegiate Street
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3J 1T9
If you are designating towards a specific project, please note that as well.