Stories in the Stones

Stories In The Stones LogoHamilton 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 1.5 hours. Tours are free and hosted by volunteer guides. Tours and dates are subject to change.

COVID-19 safety protocols

All attendees will be required to pre-register for the tours. Tours are limited to 25 persons. All attendees must complete COVID-19 screening questions and provide information for contact tracing before the tour begins. The contact tracing information will be kept by the Cemetery Administration Office.

  • Tours run rain or shine
  • Dress appropriately for weather conditions
  • Schedule subject to change
  • Masks or face coverings are encouraged

How to register

All tours are by registration only. There is no cost for the tours. To register:

Please email us at [email protected] and include this information:

  • Tour date selected
  • Names of those attending

Tours are limited to 25 people. You will be notified by email if the tour is full.

Registrations close on at 12 Noon on the Friday of the tour.

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.

2021 Tour Schedule

Stories in the Stones: Power of the City Tour

Saturday, October 2, 2021
11:00 am to 12:30 pm
Hamilton Cemetery, 777 York Boulevard
Across from Dundurn Castle
, Hamilton

Who were these guys and what did they do for our city? Learn who lead us, when, and what happened in Hamilton on their watch.

Stories in the Stones: Art Crawl Tour

Saturday, October 9, 2021
11:00 am to 12:30 pm
Hamilton Cemetery, 777 York Boulevard
Across from Dundurn Castle
, Hamilton

Continue the James Street North Art Crawl in the Hamilton Cemetery. Meet the artists, poets and musicians of the past and learn their stories.

Stories in the Stones: The Hamilton Women’s Tour

Saturday, October 16, 2021
11:00 am to 12:30 pm
Hamilton Cemetery, 777 York Boulevard
Across from Dundurn Castle
, Hamilton

Women have played an important part in the history of Hamilton.

Stories in the Stones: War of 1812 Tour

Saturday, October 23, 2021
11:00 am to 12:30 pm
Hamilton Cemetery, 777 York Boulevard
Across from Dundurn Castle
, Hamilton

From fort to cemetery. Learn about the War of 1812 and the Fort at Burlington Heights.

Stories in the Stones: The Civil War Tour

Saturday, October 30, 2021
11:00 am to 12:30 pm
Hamilton Cemetery, 777 York Boulevard
Across from Dundurn Castle
, Hamilton

Learn about Hamiltonians who went to war, survived and returned home. The Canadian history and involvement in the Civil War.

Stories in the Stones: The Veterans Tour & Remembrance Event

Saturday, November 6, 2021
11:00 am to 12:30 pm
Hamilton Cemetery, 777 York Boulevard
Across from Dundurn Castle
, Hamilton

Honour the men and women from Hamilton, who served from 1776 to the Korean War.

Stories in the Stones: The Veterans Tour

Saturday, November 13, 2021
11:00 am to 12:30 pm
Hamilton Cemetery, 777 York Boulevard
Across from Dundurn Castle
, Hamilton

Honour the men and women from Hamilton, who served from 1776 to the Korean War.