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Historic Sites of Manitoba: St. Mary’s La Prairie Anglican Cemetery (Portage la Prairie)

In 1853, Bishop Anderson appointed the Rev. William Cochrane to establish a missionary station here. Cochrane had previously relocated 25 families from the Red River Settlement to this area in 1851. The original church, known as St. Mary’s La Prairie, was built between 1853 and 1855. It was the first Anglican church west of St. James.

Now situated immediately south of the Trans Canada Highway southeast of Portage la Prairie, this cemetery was part of the original grant of River Lot 107, deeded to the Rev. Henry George in 1870. In 1922, the cemetery was taken over by the City of Portage la Prairie, and is presently administered by it.

St. Mary’s La Prairie Anglican Cemetery

St. Mary’s La Prairie Anglican Cemetery (June 2010)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.94933, W98.27145
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: St. Mary’s la Prairie Anglican Church (36 Second Street NW, Portage la Prairie)


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.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 24 June 2019

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