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Old Men’s Provincial Historic Cemetery and Arboretum

Nestled within the city's boundaries, the Old Men's Provincial Historic Cemetery and Arboretum stands as an evocative choice for this installation. By illuminating the cemetery and arboretum, new life is given to the space, not only enhancing its natural beauty but also revitalizing its historical significance. The interplay of light and shadow adds depth to the landscape, inviting visitors and locals to explore and reflect upon the rich tapestry of history contained within. The site pays homage to the city's heritage, honoring the memory of past generations and offering a contemplative experience that seamlessly merges history with the present.

This spot in history:

The Old Men's Provincial Historic Cemetery and Arboretum holds the remains of over 1,000 individuals, primarily men, who arrived to the area in the late 1800s to work as fur trappers, loggers, miners, ranchers, and in railway and construction jobs. Unfortunately, most of the graves remain unmarked, as administrators often had limited background information about the individuals. Archival records exist to show the location and names of each burial, but many of the small flat stones marking individual graves have sunk and now rest beneath the grass. Today, the cemetery has been transformed into a public park with recent improvements, including the addition of 40 unique trees representing the countries these men came from. There's a new walking path with informational signage, a labyrinth, and an art feature.

Attractions/activities:

  • Cowan Park: Suitable for walking and family activities, this park features sports facilities such as a basketball court, a tennis and pickleball court, a running track, a sports centre, and a playground. An 8 -minute walk from the Cemetery.
  • Sagebrush Theatre: Located at 1300 9th Avenue, this 685-seat theatre is home to performances by the Kamloops Symphony and Western Canada Theatre, plus a wide variety of local, community, and professional concerts and performances. A 10 -minute walk from the Cemetery.
  • Peterson Creek Park: Located just off Columbia Street, near 6th Avenue, Peterson Creek Park is a great family hiking spot, featuring picnic tables, barbecues, grassy areas, and multiple trails to explore. A 10 -minute walk from the Cemetery.

Food and beverage:

  • Kekuli Café – Indigenous Eatery: Locally owned Indigenous Cuisine restaurant, with a modern contemporary twist, serving all their food with traditional Bannock for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A 12 -minute walk from the Cemetery.
  • Denny’s: Serving all day breakfast, lunch, and dinner featuring classic comfort food, including fluffy pancakes, signature breakfast “slams” and milkshakes. A 5 -minute walk from the Cemetery.
  • Harvest by Nandi: Located at 339 Saint Paul Street, Harvest by Nandi features a wide variety of Indian flavours and unique Canadian cuisine, as well as B.C. craft beers, handcrafted signature cocktails and the largest selection of B.C. wines of any bar or restaurant in the area. A 14 -minute walk from the Cemetery.

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