Mayfield Cemetery is located south of Alsask,
Saskatchewan in the R.M. of Chesterfield No. 261
and northeast of Empress, Alberta.
According to information on Canada Gen Web's
CemeteryProject site this cemetery was established
when a pioneer named Zach Leach lost his daughter
May to tuberculosis in the winter of 1913. It was too
cold to make the trip to Alsask so he donated a piece
of his land for the cemetery which is named in
As you will see in a few of the photos, I had some
company during my visit. When I reached the far end
of the graveyard I suddenly heard a loud rattling. I
had disturbed a rattlesnake that was sunning itself and
it was giving me fair warning not to come any closer.
After the initial surprise I got a few photos of it
returning to its den underneath a large headstone.
This well tended cemetery sits on top of a hill and
offers a panoramic view of the surrounding prairie and
coulees. It's a particularly appealing spot, rattlesnake
included. Everyone should be so lucky to
end up in such a lovely setting.
It was a big, blue and breezy day out in the country.
Photographed on June 2, 2017.