Links and documents
1936/01/01 to 1946/01/01
Listed on the Canadian Register:
Statement of Significance
Description of Historic Place
Back Bay Cemetery, a City of Yellowknife Heritage Site, consists of 35 gravesites from 1936-46. The cemetery is located along the waterfront in Jackfish Draw, adjacent to Back Bay, and on Great Slave Lake.
Back Bay Cemetery is Yellowknife's first graveyard. The cemetery is associated with many of Yellowknife's pioneering families, and the early years of Yellowknife. Its surrounding natural environment continues to capture this pioneering spirit.
Back Bay is the only cemetery from the early 1900's within city limits. The majority of gravesites in the cemetery are marked by wooden picket fences, which are typical of this period.
Back Bay Cemetery is in a very attractive and convenient waterfront location. It is located on a popular walking trail, and is accessible by boat, making it a valued community resource.
Source: City of Yellowknife By-Law 3924
- The natural surroundings of trees, water and rocky cliffs
- Well-aged and weathered patina of the grave markers
- Wooden picket fence grave markers, and other grave elements typical of northern Christian burial styles
- The inter-relationships between the gravesites, and the gravesites and waterfront, which respect historical patterns of accessibility and visibility
- Well-groomed yet rustic walking trails
City of Yellowknife
City of Yellowknife Heritage By-Law
City of Yellowknife Municipal Historic Site
Theme - Category and Type
- Peopling the Land
Function - Category and Type
- Religion, Ritual and Funeral
- Mortuary Site, Cemetery or Enclosure
Architect / Designer
Location of Supporting Documentation
City Hall Yellowknife, Yellowknife, By-Law 3924.
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