The two-part walking tour Builders of Canada is the Cabbagetown Preservation Associations’s contribution to Canada 150, the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Canadian Confederation.
The first tour is at St. James Cemetery on Sunday, July 23, and the second at the Necropolis Cemetery on Sunday, August 13.
From the CPA description:
Did you know that in 1866 an organized group of soldiers tried to take Canada hostage? Who was the first person to find dinosaur fossils in Canada? Ever proudly stood on the grave of a Father of Confederation? Did you know that Canada hanged two rebels who are now regarded as heroes? Did you know that, during the First World War, a Canadian was credited with killing the feared german pilot nicknamed the Red Baron?
Cabbagetown’s two historical cemeteries, St. James Cemetery and the Necropolis, are open-sky history books, full of these stories. Both cemeteries opened in the middle of the 19th century and served a growing city that needed more space to house its deceased.
Many people who left their mark and helped build this country are buried in either cemetery. Come hear their rarely-heard stories. These people distinguished themselves in fields like exploration, politics, education, industries, immigration, philanthropy, transportation, war, sports, and communications.