Champion Creek (Blagodatnoye) Cemetery

Location
5 Kilometers south of Castlegar
Castlegar, Central Kootenay Regional District, British Columbia, Canada
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Blagodatnoye Cemetery was established in 1912 by the Christian Community of Universal Brotherhood (C.C.U.B.) to serve the Blagodatnoye settlement area. It is located along Champion Creek and became known as the Champion Creek Doukhobor Cemetery. After the demise of "C.C.U.B." in about 1937-39, the cemetery continued to be used by its successor organization the Union of Spiritual Communities of Christ (U.S.C.C.)until the 1970's. The cemetery is no longer in active use. It is privately owned and maintained by the U.S.C.C. and was restored in 2000.
The cemetery is approximately 2 acres in size and is enclosed by a wire fence with a single gate. It is partially wooded. The cemetery contains approximately 120 interments in a single section comprised of nine rows facing east-west by 26 rows north-south. The majority of graves and no marker and the mounds have been leveled. Some mounds are marked by piles of rocks. Death registrations were used to identify 52 unmarked graves. 56 unmarked graves remained unidentified. The marked graves typically have plain slate, marble or concrete upright headstones or flat markers set flush to the ground.

To access the cemetery, travel south from Castlegar on Highway 3 toward Salmo. Turn right at Columbia Road and continue for approximately 1 kilometer (.6 mile). Turn right at Prairie Road and continue for approximately 3 kilometers. (1.9 miles) to the end of the pavement, then continue for approximately 2 km. (1.2m) to the locked gate. (Note that the road is paved for several kilometers before turning into a dirt road. The road parallels the river, heading towards Trail.)Once you arrive at the locked gate, continue on foot for approximately 2 kilometers (1.2 miles). Where the road splits, continue along the tower road to the right which ends in front of the cemetery entrance. The cemetery is on private property and permission to enter should be obtained from the owners.
At the entrance there is a plaque commemorating the centennial anniversary of the Doukhobor immigration to Canada. It is written in Cryllic and in English. The English script reads:

HERE REST THE REMAINS OF DOUKHOBORS, CHRISTIAN PACIFICISTS WHO CAME TO CANADA FROM RUSSIA IN 1899 BECAUSE OF PERSECUTION FOR THEIR LIFE CONCEPT AND REFUSAL TO BEAR ARMS.

GUIDED BY THEIR BELIEF IN "TOIL AND PEACEFUL LIFE", THEY AND THEIR DESCENDANTS OVERCAME HARDSHIPS, MAINTAINED THEIR SPIRITUAL AND CULTURAL IDENTITY, AND CONTRIBUTED TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE YOUNG COUNTRY THAT GAVE THEM REFUGE.

NOW MOTHER EARTH HAS RECLAIMED THE REMAINS OF THESE "SPIRIT WRESTLERS", AND THEIR SOULS HAVE RETURNED HOME, TO REST ETERNALLY IN GOD'S HEAVENLY KINGDOM. MAY THEIR LEGACY INSPIRE FUTURE GENERATIONS TO CONTINUE THE STRUGGLE FOR PEACE AND FREEDOM.1899 - 1999

I found all this information on the Doukhobor Genealogy Website.

GPS Coordinates: 49.3042, -117.40419

  • Added: 29 May 2012
  • Find A Grave Cemetery: #2451185