The Village of Empress

is situated on the West side of the Alberta/Saskatchewan border and serves as a center to the surrounding farming and ranching community of 1,500 people. It has been a focal point for many activities in the area. It is also at the geographical center of many large cities in Western Canada: Edmonton, Calgary, Saskatoon and Regina.

Cemetery

 

The Village of Empress owns and operates a cemetery southeast of the Village on a hill between the two rivers, just across the border in Saskatchewan.

The Village organizes a clean up every spring in June, weather permitting and volunteers are asked to assist the Village Public Works crew in an annual spruce-up.  During the summer, the Village crew routinely maintains the grounds.

All monuments require a development permit that may be obtained at the Village office.  Maintenance of monuments is the responsibility of the family of the deceased.

For further information on the cemetery please refer to our cemetery bylaw: 2018-07 Cemetery Bylaw

The website Find A Grave has a great deal of information about those interred in this cemetery, as well as many others.

There are many old cemeteries in the area, and those trying to locate ancestors may contact the following to see if they can help you locate your family:
   ☞ Empress Village Office, 403-565-3938
   ☞ Alberta Special Areas Board, 403-664-3618
   ☞ Town of Oyen, 403-664-3511
   ☞ MD of Acadia, 403-972-3808
   ☞ MacLean’s Funeral Home, 403-664-3767

Cemetery Fees

Plot $100.00
Development Permit $25.00
Internment
Weekdays:
May 1 to October 31 $350.00
November 1 to April 30 $650.00
Weekends, Evenings and holidays:
May 1 to October 31 $700.00
November 1 to April 30 $950.00
Disinternment
Weekdays:
May 1 to October 31 $400.00
November 1 to April 30 $700.00
Weekends, Evenings and holidays:
May 1 to October 31 $700.00
November 1 to April 30 $950.00
Cremation
Weekdays:
May 1 to October 31 $125.00
November 1 to April 30 $200.00
Weekends, Evenings and holidays:
May 1 to October 31 $200.00
November 1 to April 30 $300.00

 

Services

MacLean’s Funeral Home
114 – 1 Avenue East, Oyen
403-664-3767
Oyen Flowers & Giftware
113 Main Street, Oyen
403-664-3827

 

Directions

Empress Cemetery is an 8 minute drive south-east from Empress, Alberta, over gravel roads, just over the border in Saskatchewan.

GPS Coordinates: 50.922367, -109.981017

The main gate is on the east side.  A large gate and sign was installed on the west side of the cemetery, but this entrance is no longer used, and there is no road to it anymore.

  1. From Empress, drive west on 3 ave. Turn left (south), on Highway 899.
  2. Drive 2.2 km, then turn left (south-east), on Range Road 11 (There is a sign just before this corner).
  3. Drive 1.6 km, then turn left (east) on Township Road 230 (There is sign at this corner, as well as a radio tower).
  4. Drive 3.4 km, and the cemetery is on the left.
  5. Turn left at the far (east) end to go to the gate there.

Cemetery Directions
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