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The Cemetery Story

Your cemeteries are among the best kept in the Province and we get a lot of compliments on the beautifully kept grounds from visitors worldwide.

 

Royal View Memorial is the first Cemetery started by the City which historically came into stewardship of three other cemeteries located within the City limits.

  • The Protestant and Chinese sections of St. Patrick's Cemetery came under municipal control in 1899 when the land was transferred from the coal company to the Town of Lethbridge.
  • The Catholic section was transferred from the Diocese to the City in 1953.
  • In 1942 the City purchased the Anglican Cemetery, which it had supervised since the 1920's.
  • Archmount Memorial Gardens was transferred from a private company to the City by the Province of Alberta in 1982.

Your Loved Ones

At the end of 2015 close to 35,060 friends and family are resting at peace in city cemeteries.

  • 4,517 in Archmount
  • 28,257 in Mountain View
  • 2,235 in St. Patrick's
  • 49 in Royal View Memorial

Your Cemetery Staff

Six full time staff look after the cemeteries, one manager, one full time and one part time administrative clerk and four grounds crew with the assistance of one part time grounds person year round and up to eight part time grounds crew to help out in the summer with mowing and watering.

Trees & Benches

We have a tree replacement program in place to identify trees nearing the end of their lifespan and replace them before they can become a danger to people or monuments.

 Tree Program

  • Mountain View Cemetery - Mature Poplar trees in the Field of Honour were replaced with Tree Lilacs and Poplar trees in 2015.  New trees to be added in 2016 consist mostly of Poplar, Spruce, Pine, Lilac and Ohio Buckeyes.
  • St. Patrick's Cemetery - 2015 saw the introduction of the Red Alder tree, a species uncommon to Lethbridge. This new species appears to find St. Patrick's an agreeable growing environment. The success of our Cherry trees at this location prompted the planting of 6 new Evans Cherry trees along with Oak and Ohio Buckeye trees.
  • Archmount Cemetery - Following the success rates of our new Willow trees the replacement of aging Poplars with Willows will continue.
  • Royal View Memorial Cemetery - Annual supplementation of trees continues at our newest cemetery. 2016 will see the addition of approximately 24 Conifer trees.

 In an effort to diversify the tree species in our cemeteries the Harlequin Maple tree will be test planted in Mountain View and St. Patrick's Cemeteries in 2016.

Number & Types of Trees (these are approximate counts):

  • Mountain View Cemetery - 1300 the most common are Spruce (500), Elm (300) & Ash (200). The remainder of the inventory is made up of various other types of trees & shrubs.   
  • St. Patrick's Cemetery - 161 mostly deciduous (127 elm, poplar and Oak plus 34 coniferous, mostly Spruce). 2015 will see more Oak, Ohio Buckeye and Cherry Trees  planted. These 3 species have shown excellent results at St Patrick's since their introduction in 2012.
  • Archmount Cemetery - 507 mostly deciduous (254 poplar, elm and some ash plus 247 coniferous, mostly spruce). 
  • Royal View Memorial Cemetery - features an initial planting of 525 shrubs and 350 trees from 18 different species including Apple, Oak, Lilac, Birch and Evergreens. 

Some of our trees have been donated in memory of loved ones as well as the memorial benches you will notice placed at the ends of rows or between trees in various locations throughout the cemetery. You will also notice larger Memorial Monuments throughout the grounds, these have been donated by the agencies they depict.

Donations List:

  • 8 Memorial Monuments
  • 1 Plaque
  • 39 Trees/Shrubs
  • 80 Memorial Benches (9 New Benches were donated in 2015)

Are you interested in donating a tree or a bench for placement in any of our cemeteries?

Go to Gifting Program to find out how.

Cemetery Statistics

Keeping statistical data for your cemeteries is a very important part of the job we do as these figures tell their own story. 

In 2015

  • 1,107 individuals visited our office
  • 1,399 phone calls were answered
  • 232 website inquiries were replied to

Plot Sales and Interments 

 

2015 Plot Sales and Interment Numbers 

 

These statistics help us plan for the type and number of burial space that is likely to be needed in the future. ​​​​​