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Stories in the Stones Tours

Cemetery with text Stories in the Stones

Hamilton Cemetery Free Public Tours

Hamilton Municipal Cemeteries are like museums, with their headstones serving as a record of our culture and social history. Through an enduring stone, they reflect personal and national sentiment; speak of love, pity, and patriotism; summarize lives of remarkable longevity and remind us of lives lost through tragedy.

Many of Hamilton’s colourful characters and history lie buried in our cemeteries. The cemetery tour – The Stories In The Stones - tells their fascinating stories through free guided walking tours at Hamilton Cemetery.

The Hamilton Cemetery is Canada’s first and oldest municipally owned and operated cemetery providing a lasting memorial, permanent tribute and a final resting place to many loved ones. Hamilton Cemetery houses some notable burials. Early settlers such as Robert Land and George Hamilton, victims of the Desjardins Railway Disaster and a large number of past Mayors of Hamilton rest here. Former Senators and American Civil War Veterans (War of 1812) can also be found buried in this historical cemetery.

Join us for a lively, informative tour of selected grave sites in historical Hamilton Cemetery. 
Tours start at 11 am at the Cemetery Gatehouse 777 York Blvd. across from Dundurn Castle and run for approximately 2 hours. Tours are free and hosted by volunteer guides. Tours and dates are subject to change.

  • No reservations necessary
  • Tours run rain or shine
  • Bring any necessary food or drinks
  • Dress appropriately for weather conditions
  • Schedule subject to change

Cemeteries are sacred places where the dead are laid to rest with dignity. Visitors are asked to behave respectfully, please follow the directions and instructions of your tour guide.

Schedule of tours

Each tour has a unique theme. In some cases the theme has several parts. The tours that indicate Parts 1 & 2 have been split to share more historical information, stories and due to the geographical area in the cemetery. The Best of Part 1 & 2 is a combined tour that includes parts from both tours.

Tours are presented by: Hamilton Municipal Cemeteries
Sponsored by: Dodsworth & Brown Funeral Homes
Hosted by:  Robin McKee of Historical Perceptions