Camp Hill Cemetery

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Camp Hill Cemetery
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The Camp Hill Cemetery.
Established 1844
Location Halifax, Nova Scotia
Country Canada
Coordinates 44°38′33.9″N 63°35′10.2″W / 44.642750°N 63.586167°W / 44.642750; -63.586167
Type Public
Owned by Halifax Regional Municipality

Camp Hill Cemetery is a cemetery within Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. It is located on Camp Hill, adjacent to Robie Street.


In 1844, Camp Hill replaced the city's first cemetery, the Old Burying Ground, which had been established almost 100 years earlier in 1749. Originally run by a private company, the cemetery is now owned and administered by the Halifax Regional Municipality.

As a cemetery in the provincial capital, Camp Hill became the final resting place for many of Nova Scotia's elite. Officials did allow for the burial of Black Canadians, albeit in a segregated section of the cemetery. In the 1990s it was pointed out that the resting places of African-Canadian veterans of World War I, unlike other white Canadian veterans, were marked by nothing more than flat white stones. This situation has since been rectified by the federal department of Veterans Affairs.

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission maintains the war graves of 10 service personnel of World War I and over 80 of World War II.[1]

There are also 17 graves of Norwegian sailors, soldiers and merchant seamen in Camp Hill Cemetery who died in Nova Scotia during World War II. These men were at sea when Germany invaded Norway in 1940. The King and government of Norway ordered the more than 1,000 ships at sea to go to Allied ports.

Notable interments[edit]

The gravesite of Viola Desmond.



  1. ^ [1] CWGC Cemetery Report.

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