Historic Sites of Manitoba: St. Luke’s Anglican Church and Cemetery / Bonnie Doon Cemetery (RM of Woodlands)

In 1896, St. Luke’s Anglican Church was constructed at this site in the Rural Municipality of Woodlands. It had been active only a short time when, on 2 October 1897, a devasting fire swept through the community and many settlers left the area. The church building sat unused until 1937 when the Archbishop decided that it should be sold. A local resident purchased the building, dismantled it, and used the lumber to build a new home. The prayer desk and lectern were used for many years during church services in the Lake Francis Hall until being transferred to the Woodlands Pioneer Museum. The associated cemetery became overgrown but was cleared in 1970 and, in 2007, was transferred by the church to the municipality, which is now responsible for its ongoing maintenance.

Bonnie Doon Cemetery

Bonnie Doon Cemetery (November 2011)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Bonnie Doon Cemetery

Bonnie Doon Cemetery (October 2021)
Source: Rose Kuzina

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N50.24124, W97.81834
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: St. Luke’s Anglican Church Poplar Heights (RM of Woodlands)


A list of burials in this cemetery is available from the Manitoba Genealogical Society, including a searchable online database available to members at the MGS Manitoba Name Index (MANI). Some additional information is contained in the 1996 MGS publication Carved in Stone: Manitoba Cemeteries and Burial Sites, revised edition, Special Projects Publication, 106 pages.

Along the Mission Trail: Lake Francis, Bonnie Doon, Graysfield, Glennie by Lake Francis History Book Committee, 1988, page 146.

We thank Blair Myskiw, Blaine Myskiw, Robert Thomas, and Rose Kuzina for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 20 December 2021

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