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,

Sparwood Cemetery Master Plan
New Projects: Sparwood Cemetery Master Plan

LEES+Associates is pleased to be working with the District of Sparwood on a cemetery master plan for two cemeteries in the district. When completed, the master plan will provide recommendations for best practices and strategy for future development utilizing current and emerging burial practices.

Ivy Smith and Richard Cook from the team took time in between site visits and meetings during their recent trip to Sparwood to check out the colossal Sparwood Titan Truck,

Town of Okotoks Cremation Garden Design

In 2016, the LEES + Associates design team worked with the Town of Okotoks, Alberta to plan and design a new cremation garden at the Okotoks Cemetery. The cremation garden was tendered in 2017 and opened in June 2018. Here are a few photos from the opening.

We are pleased to see the site looking so good!

Bedrock Granite Stone
A Visit to Bedrock Granite

In the last few years, LEES + Associates has been working with the City of Calgary on the planning and design of a new cemetery in South East Calgary. The SE Calgary Cemetery is expected to open in 2019 with the landscape contract slated to go to tender this fall.

a walk to remember
A Walk to Remember

We just wanted to share a recent photo of this unique memorial created to honour Canadian soldiers.

Spearheaded by two Langley, BC youth, Michael and Elizabeth Pratt and their organization Langley Youth for the Fallen, A Walk to Remember at the Derek Doubleday Arboretum commemorates Canadian Forces personnel who lost their lives while serving in the Canadian mission in Afghanistan,

Palermo Sign
Cemetery Space Shortage

In Palermo it is forbidden to die because there are no more places in the cemeteries.

Our associate Eileen Finn took a photo of this sign on a recent trip to the Sicilian capital of Palermo, it’s a witty yet stark reminder that cemeteries running out space is a worldwide dilemma.

Last Post Fund Monument
Last Post Fund Monument at Mountain View Cemetery

In spite of last week’s cold and rain, crews at Vancouver’s Mountain View Cemetery installed a long-awaited new monument in the Abray South Veterans Section.

Designed as a two piece gateway feature for a future pedestrian precinct, the new monument includes interpretive signage in both official languages.

Legacy Gardens at Kelowna Memorial Park Cemetery
Kelowna Memorial Park Cemetery

We couldn’t resist sharing these sunny snowy day shots of the Legacy Gardens at Kelowna Memorial Park Cemetery.
In 2016, LEES+Associates undertook the preparation of construction documents for this new precinct of the cemetery.

The Legacy Gardens design provides additional cremation niche and mausolea crypt inventory by transforming an existing service road around the Bennett Memorial into a premium cremation garden.