Lake Saskatoon Cemetery
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Lake Saskatoon Cemetery

Grande Prairie, Grande Prairie Census Division , Alberta, Canada

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  • Get directions Grande Prairie, Grande Prairie Census Division, Alberta, Canada
  • Cemetery ID: 2392414


Lake Saskatoon Municipal Cemetery is one of the main cemeteries for the County of Grande Prairie, created by a forerunner of the County, the Bear Lake Rural Municipality No. 739. It is named the “Lake Saskatoon Cemetery” after the Village of Lake Saskatoon, which was laid out on the south-west shore of lake, just to the north and east of the cemetery.

After the Rural Municipality was established in 1912, councilors began to discuss the establishment of public cemeteries. The final decision was for one cemetery, in the center of the Municipality, but it took until 1921 for the land to be chosen and purchased. In the meantime, the 1918 Spanish Influenza epidemic killed a number of people, and so a temporary cemetery was placed on Fred Blanchard’s land about two miles west of the village, now known as the Mountainview Cemetery.

In 1921, Bear Lake Rural Municipality purchased this site, five acres of land, from Mr. A.R. Smith for $100 per acre. It was surveyed into plots by Walter McFarlane, the Dominion Land Surveyor, and the first interment was the four day old baby of Mr. and Mrs. Archer in August 1921. In 1922, as the law dictated, the cemetery was fenced. There was one drive gate and one small gate on the east side. Many of those buried in the temporary flu cemetery were moved to this one.

Credit for description: South Peace Regional Archives

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  • Added: 11 Mar 2011
  • Find a Grave Cemetery ID: 2392414