St. Andrew’s cemetery is located behind St. Andrew’s Anglican Church and is one of the oldest active cemeteries on Vancouver Island.
Cliffe, Dingwall, Harmston, Piercy and Willemar to name a few of the names you’ll recognize while wandering the peaceful serenity of the cemetery grounds. Many street names in Courtenay are dedicated to the first settlers of the Comox Valley because of their historical contribution.
Besides the early pioneers, several Common Wealth War Commission graves are found here honouring soldiers who lost their lives fighting in the First and Second World Wars.
Another feature adding to the cemetery's charm is its natural setting which includes an abundance of garry oaks which are an endangered and protected tree on Vancouver Island.
To see a video of a drone flying through St. Andrew's Cemetery click link below:
One Minute Episode 12 - The Graveyard (Cinamatic Style / Island Soul Films - You Tube
Spring & Fall Cemetery Cleanup
St. Andrew’s Church and Cemetery is a heritage site and under the care of St. John the Divine Anglican Church in, Courtenay. Two huge cleanups are held each year; one in the spring and the other the Saturday prior to Remembrance Day. A candlelight ceremony is held during the fall cleanup to honour our Veteran’s. Volunteers from the community are always welcome.
Periodically during the summer months, a Cemetery Tour & Tea will be held. The event includes a guided tour of historical families’ grave sites followed by refreshments. Please check out our Events page to find out more or contact St. John the Divine parish office for more information.
As mentioned earlier, St. Andrew's is an active Cemetery and has cremation plots available for purchase.
Headstone Setting Regulations
(Upright Stones No Longer Permitted)
Single Marker: 8 x 12
Double Marker: 18 x 24
For more information, please contact the office or you can download our Purchase Agreement available for download below.
Would you or your organization like to help maintain this historic cemetery? Volunteer to take care of either a single plot or an entire block. Every little bit helps. Please contact the office to sign up. Registration form available for download below.
Looking for Someone?
Search on Find-A-Grave to find persons buried in our cemetery.
Note: Sandwick Cemetery is the official name for St. Andrew's Cemetery.
For more information on St. Andrew's Cemetery you can download our brochure available below.