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Beechwood Cemetery is recognized as a Community Leader through their investment in expanding local news coverage. Thanks to their participation in the Community Leaders Program we are able to enhance areas of content in Ottawa that were underserved in the past. Beechwood Cemetery proudly supports Then and Now, which shares historical photos and personal stories of past people, places, and events and connects them to their significance today.
Beechwood, Funeral, Cemetery and Cremation Services is owned by The Beechwood Cemetery Foundation and operated by The Beechwood Cemetery Company. The Beechwood Cemetery Foundation is a not-for-profit organization and a registered Canadian charity. Beechwood is governed by an active volunteer Board of Directors. It is the only organization of its kind in Ottawa.
Established in 1873, Beechwood is recognized as one of the most beautiful and historic cemeteries in Canada. It has been designated as a National Historic Site. Its breathtaking park-like setting boasts 160 acres of colourful gardens, century-old trees, ponds, enchanting fountains and over 35,000 spring tulips. Visitors can explore nature trails with different species of birds and butterflies floating overhead. Beechwood is also home to one of the largest hostas collections in Eastern Ontario and Western Québec. Beechwood is renowned for its unique landscaping, as well as monuments and markers of considerable architectural and historical interest. For example, monuments to St. Charbel, Our Lady of Fatima, Élisabeth Bruyère and St. Marguerite d’Youville are visible on the grounds.
It is the final resting place for over 87,000 Canadians from all walks of life. Those resting at Beechwood include members of our Canadian Forces, Veterans, War Dead, RCMP members and Veterans, Governors-General, Prime Ministers, Canadian Victoria Cross recipients, but most are our everyday Canadian heroes – our family members and our loved ones.