Old Haralowka Cemetery – Blaine Lake District, Saskatchewan

The following is an overview of Old Haralowka Cemetery site located 7 miles west of Blaine Lake, Saskatchewan. Rural Municipality of Redberry No. 435. Land location: SW 35-44-8 West of Third. Latitude: 52°49.925. Longitude: 107°03.868. Compiled by Jonathan J. Kalmakoff with Roger Phillips on July 27, 2008. 

View from cemetery at top of hill facing southeast toward the north-south grid road. Photo by Roger Phillips.

Historical Background

Old Haralowka (aka Gorelovka) Cemetery was established in 1899 by the Doukhobors of Large Haralowka and Small Haralowka villages near Blaine Lake. Following the abandonment of the villages in 1920, the cemetery ceased to be actively used.  Thereafter, the Doukhobors living in the vicinity established a newer, second cemetery site nearby.  In the 1970’s, the original cemetery site was destroyed and is now under cultivation.  It is privately owned. 


According to tradition, the cemetery was approximately a tenth of an acre in size. The cemetery contained approximately 8 interments in one or more rows facing east-west. The graves were unmarked. Over the years, the cemetery became partially overgrown. When the site was cleared in the 1970’s, all traces of the cemetery were removed.

Driving Directions

To access the cemetery, travel west from the Town of Blaine Lake on Highway No. 40 for 6 1/2 miles (10.5 km). Turn north on the grid road and continue for 1 3/4 miles (2.8 km). Then turn west onto the grid road and continue for 3/4 of a mile (1.2) as it winds west, then northwest to a yard site at the top of a hill. The cemetery is 150 yards (137 meters) south of the yard site on the crest of the hill. This cemetery is on private property and permission to access should be obtained by the owners.


Surname Name Birth Date Death Date Comments
Lapshinoff Grigory F. 1840  
Pereverseff Aksinya N. 1844 1913 Nee Shukin – No Marker

In addition to the above, the following families resided in Large Haralowka and Small Haralowka villages and may have members buried in Old Haralowka Cemetery: Androsoff, Cheveldayoff, Esauloff, Hoodikoff, Kalmakoff, Lapshinoff, Malikoff, Negraeff, Nichvolodoff, Ostoforoff, Perepelkin, Pereverseff, Popoff, Reibin, Ribalkin, Samorodin, Semenoff, Soukeroff, Sukorukoff, Wishloff, Zbitneff.

View from cemetery at top of hill facing northwest towards former Carleton Trail site. Photo by Roger Phillips.


Various sources of data have been used in compiling this information including oral tradition. Special thanks to John Lapshinoff and Nick Postnikoff for assisting in locating the cemetery.  This is a work in progress. If readers have any comments, corrections or additions with respect to Old Haralowka Cemetery, please contact Jonathan J. Kalmakoff.