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Month: June 2013

A Vintage Middy Haircut

A Vintage Middy Haircut

After much to’ing and fro’ing, I finally decided that a) hair grows back and b) life is too short to agonize too much over things that grow back, so I marched down to Sparrow Salon and got shorn. While I did have some affection for […]

The Life Nostalgic Cinema: House of the Future

The Life Nostalgic Cinema: House of the Future

Bring on the popcorn, people – it’s time for another Life Nostalgic Cinema screening! Today’s feature: wouldn’t you love to live in the House of the Future (as envisioned in 1957)? Life would be so much easier if I had to wait for all of […]

Ross Bay Cemetery: A Favourite Victoria Haunt

Ross Bay Cemetery: A Favourite Victoria Haunt

What could be more nostalgic than actually visiting people from the past?

Granted, most of the residents of Ross Bay Cemetery were having extended dirt naps when my group of Victoria Vintage enthusiasts took a walking tour on the weekend, but I think it was a success nonetheless.

Ross Bay Cemetery Walking Tour Victoria BC

Ross Bay Cemetery is a Victorian-era graveyard that borders the sea. We won’t go into what may or may not happen when there is a vicious storm and water meets graves, but let’s just say Michael Jackson’s Thriller probably looks tame in comparison. That’s what I like to think, anyway, when I’m in a particularly macabre mood.

Ross Bay Cemetery Walking Tour Victoria BC

The tour was presented by the Old Cemeteries Society, and boy was it ever popular. You’d think we were visiting Justin Bieber’s tombstone or something. I’m no mathematician (and nor can I execute simple counting, apparently) but I’d say there might have been close to a hundred people on our tour.

The Old Cemeteries Society is surprisingly active, offering tours year-round with delightfully creative themes like “firefighters,” “pets” and a “psychic tour.” See all of their tours here.

Ross Bay Cemetery Walking Tour Victoria BC

This particular tour was a special tribute to the 160th anniversary of Fort Victoria, and as such some special guests cheerfully arose from the dead to recount their memories.

Famous Ross Bay Cemetery dwellers with modern graveyard enthusiasts in Victoria BC

Here is my group with a few dead Fort Victoria celebs (squeal!). Clockwise, from left to right: Colleen, Mrs. Finlayson, Mrs. O’Reilly from Point Ellice House, Alana, Sarah, James Douglas, Chelsea, me.