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Back Bay Cemetery

Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1996/10/15

Gravesite at Back Bay Cemetery, February 2004.; E. Hawkins/GNWT
Back Bay Cemetery, February 2004.
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Other Name(s)

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Construction Date(s)

1936/01/01 to 1946/01/01

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2004/05/28

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.

Heritage Value

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

Character-Defining Elements

- 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

Recognition

Jurisdiction

Northwest Territories

Recognition Authority

City of Yellowknife

Recognition Statute

City of Yellowknife Heritage By-Law

Recognition Type

City of Yellowknife Municipal Historic Site

Recognition Date

1996/10/15

Historical Information

Significant Date(s)

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Theme - Category and Type

Peopling the Land
Settlement

Function - Category and Type

Current

Religion, Ritual and Funeral
Mortuary Site, Cemetery or Enclosure

Historic

Architect / Designer

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Builder

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Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

City Hall Yellowknife, Yellowknife, By-Law 3924.

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier

NT0005

Status

Published

Related Places

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