Beechwood Cemetery was established in 1873 and is recognized as one of the most beautiful and historic cemeteries in Canada. Not surprisingly, it has been designated as a National Historic Site and as The National Cemetery of Canada. Despite these honours, Beechwood is not publically funded. Furthermore, Beechwood operates on a not-for-profit basis, ensuring that all funds are dedicated to the maintenance, preservation and enhancement of this National Historic Site. It is a beautiful thing to be part of and comforting to many.
There are many beautiful park-like areas and gardens throughout Beechwood that are perfect for you and your family. There are a number of sections designated for use by the diverse cultural, ethnic and faith groups in Canada. In addition, Beechwood is the home of National Military Cemetery, the RCMP National Memorial Cemetery and the Ottawa Police Service Memorial Cemetery. Whether cremation or traditional casket burial is selected, Beechwood offers many burial options, as well as a wide selection of monuments and other memorialization choices.
Click here to discover more about the special sections within the cemetery and the wide variety of burial, monuments and memorialization options that Beechwood offers.
Beechwood offers individual and group tours as well as the popular Annual Walking Tour, which features stories about famous people who are buried in Beechwood. While many people visit Beechwood for private reflection, many also come to enjoy our botanical gardens, including our annual spring display of 35,000 tulips and our spectacular fall colours. Others come for historic tours and to pay tribute in our sections designated for Canadian military and police services. School groups and individuals visit Macoun Marsh, our unique urban wetland. Concerts and other events are hosted in our sacred space.
All this beauty inspires quiet reflection, get-togethers, walking, painting and photography. Beechwood truly is a special place.