We understand and respect the need for families to honour loved ones interred in the cemeteries. In order to maintain the safety of all visitors, workers and equipment, as well as the appearance of the cemetery, the Cemeteries Bylaw outlines permitted memorialization, flowers and other items.
Our office or local monument dealers can provide information on the memorial options permitted. Should you decide to do business with an out of city monument dealer, be sure they are aware that a bylaw governing monuments is in place. Your monument dealer should obtain approval prior to the manufacturing of any memorial by submitting a Memorial Application to the Cemetery Administration Office.
Flowers & Other Items
- Ornaments, including flower holders or vases, crosses and statues are not permitted on flat markers, but are permitted to be attached to the base of memorials if they are unbreakable, are permanently secured to the base of the memorial, do not exceed 36 centimeters (14 inches) in height, and do not project beyond the outside edge of the memorial base.
- Items placed in permitted flower holders or vases will be removed if they have deteriorated or present an obstacle or hazard to the operation of the cemetery.
- Decorations, including but not limited to: flowers, mementos, ceramics, statues, windmills, balloons, glass, baskets, solar lights and lanterns may only be left on a memorial, lot or niche and are subject to removal and disposal at any time without notice. The City is not responsible for the loss or removal of any decoration and is not required to retain any decoration in the Cemetery.
- Fence, railing, bedding plants, potted plants and materials intended for growth are not permitted.
Spring and Fall Clean-up
Over the winter many items can accumulate and become buried in the snow. Twice a year, cemeteries staff pickup items not contained in a vase. Once in mid-April and once in mid-October. Please help us by removing any items on or around the interment site during your visit at these times.
Any memorial or memorialization which has been removed and that is considered to be valuable will be tagged for identification and stored for 30 days, then disposed of if unclaimed.