Their presence and hard work helped Kamloops become the city that it is today. They were not allowed to be buried in Pioneer Cemetery in the early days but were allowed a plot of land that was to become their own cemetery which is the burial ground for 123 burial plots today.
|Markers of 123 graves in Kamloops Chinese Cemetery|
|Special tribute to the workers on the CPR|
This plaque was constructed to honor the Chinese workers who lost their lives building the railway in British Columbia. The numbers vary from 600 to 2200 Chinese workers who lost their life while working. To see more of the Chinese contribution to building the railway in BC, click here.
To learn more about the Chinese workers on other Canadian railway construction, click here to learn about those who lived in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan.
|The Pagoda and the Chinese History|
Information found says the cemetery is being upgraded through a partnership between the Kamloops Chinese Cemetery Heritage Society and the City of Kamloops and much is being done by the Kamloops Chinese Cultural Society to bring honor to those that died building the railroads of British Columbia.
There are plans to build a museum that would honor those and tell the story of the contributions they made. To learn more on that, visit their webpage.