May 5 Tulips
May 5 Tulips

May 5th 2020 marked the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Netherlands from Nazi occupation. This victory was won largely through the sacrifice of Canadian soldiers, and over than 7,600 Canadian soldiers died in the effort. Every year since 1946, the Dutch government has sent thousands of tulips in thanks to Canada.

Esquimalt Veteran's Cemetery
Veteran’s Cemetery in Esquimalt, BC

It was a big day for one of LEES+Associate’s flagship projects!

The Minister of Veteran’s Affairs, Lawrence MacAulay was at the Veteran’s Cemetery (previously known as God’s Acre) in Esquimalt, BC to celebrate the completion of significant upgrades to this sacred burial ground.

Originally a burial ground for Canadian Navy men and women,

kelowna legacy gardens
Walk Through Kelowna Legacy Gardens, [Video]

Last month LEES+Associates attended the annual British Columbia Funeral Association (BCFA) Conference and Exhibitor’s Showcase in Kelowna, BC.

While in Kelowna, our staff took the opportunity to visit the Kelowna Memorial Park Cemetery to check out the more than 150 year old cemetery’s newest section for cremated remains and above ground crypts.

Green Burial Interview with Erik Lees [Audio]

Earlier this week, Erik Lees joined radio host J’lyn Nye on Edmonton’s 630 CHED to discuss green burial, the growing focus on natural burial practices and more.

Erik, who is a board member of the Green Burial Society of Canada, explained the basic guidelines for green burial and emerging burial trends

Listen to the clip below for the entire discussion.

Frosty Plants at Woodlands
Frosty Plants to Celebrate February

There is an excellent article in the Vancouver Sun on preparing for death, and the women leading the charge to change the way we think about death – Read it here.

Also, February was the coldest month on record for Metro Vancouver, so here are some frosty plant shots to remember the cold days by.

Iqaluit Cemetery
Iqaluit Cemetery Project wins ASLA Award

The power of the place is extraordinary, and the decision to keep it simple and subdued is brilliant. The place honors the community’s ancestors. There are certain times when you’re working with a landscape that’s so beautiful, the best thing to do is as little as possible — 2018 Awards Jury

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) recently announced winners for its 2018 Professional Awards and our Iqaluit Cemetery project won an Honor Award in the General Design category.

Pioneer Cemetery, Whitehorse
Pioneer Cemetery Grand Re-Opening

We were thrilled to attend the Pioneer Cemetery grand re-opening ceremony this week hosted by the City of Whitehorse.

The cemetery has been revitalized with the re-leveling and cleaning of more than 200 headstones, recognition of unmarked graves, a new perimeter loop path, and a new main entrance plaza including interpretive panels,