Cemeteries & Burials
Banff has two cemeteries:
- The Old Banff Cemetery (Interactive Map) on Buffalo Street no longer offers plots or graves for purchase. Learn more about its history at The Old Banff Cemetery
- Mountainview Cemetery (PDF) at the east highway entrance to town has plots available.
Eligibility for Burial:
The deceased must meet one of the following requirements:
- Was born within the Town of Banff corporate limits
- Was a permanent resident of Banff National Park at the time of death
- Was a permanent resident of Banff National Park for a cumulative period of at least 15 years
- Was the immediate next of kin of a person whose remains are interred in the cemetery
Graves may be pre-purchased at Mountain View Cemetery only.
Proof of ownership is required at time of interment.
The next of kin or personal representative of the deceased must complete:
- Interment Application (PDF) This form collects information about the person to be interred and details of the service and the grave site.
- Statutory Declaration (PDF) To show eligibility criteria has been met for interment requires a Commissioner of Oaths’ signature. Commissioner of Oaths are available at Town Hall through Bylaw Services (403.762.1218).
- Burial Permit: This Permit is issued by the Province at time of death and is required prior to interment.
- Monument Application (PDF) This Application will be completed by a monument company for approval prior to building and erecting a monument.
Forward completed applications to the Town of Banff by email at email@example.com
Applications must be received three business days prior to the interment.
An invoice for a grave purchase, interment services and monument application will be sent to the applicant following the internment. Fees and Charges (PDF)
Plot Ownership Changes:
Please fill out the Plot/Grave Owner Change Of Ownership Certificate form (PDF) and provide supporting documentation.
All burials in existing graves need to be authorized by the current Plot/Grave Owner.
The Executor of a deceased Plot/Grave Owner can transfer the ownership by providing a notarized letter:
- Confirming their Executor status
- Naming the new owner
If the executor is no longer living, the executor of their estate will be required to produce a notarized letter affirming the chain of custody.
Other things to know:
- Funeral processions must reach the cemetery by 2 p.m. on the day of the burial.
- Burials are not usually held on Sundays or statutory holidays, but alternate arrangements may be made with the Town of Banff.
- Additional fees may apply for interments occurring after hours, on weekends and statutory holidays.
- The applicant is responsible for purchasing a mandatory grave vault from a funeral home for any full burials.
- On the day of the burial, Town of Banff staff will prepare the plot/grave and direct the family or representative to the grave or plot site.
- Once the private service has concluded and the urn or casket has been placed in the ground, Town of Banff staff will close the grave.
- Cemeteries Bylaw 39-1 (PDF)
- Should you wish to dedicate a bench in memory of a loved one, see the Banff Bench Program for details.