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.

Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays and Best Wishes for 2018 from all of us at LEES+Associates!
Our office will be closed over the holidays, reopening on Tuesday, January 2rd, 2018.

Cemeteries Running Out of Space [Audio]

Erik Lees was a recent guest on BCIT’s Evolution Radio (107.9 FM) show For the Record.

During the show, Erik and host Dennis Arellano discuss the prospect of urban cemeteries running out of space and other alternatives to in-ground burials.

Take a listen below (audio starts at 0:16):

Winter Retreat 2017
LEES+Associates Winter Retreat 2017

On Thursday Nov 30th, the LEES+Associates team gathered at Bowen Island Lodge for our 16th annual winter retreat.

We explored the theme, “Looking Forward,” through short presentations, fun graphic exercises and visionary brainstorming sessions, punctuated by coffee, lunch—and cool walks in the rain.

Heidi Redman from our Whitehorse office and Reinaldo Jordan from our Toronto office joined the Vancouver team in a day of reviewing the successes of the past year and envisioning an even more successful year ahead.

Bowen Island Parks Plan
Bowen Island Parks Plan Adopted

Bowen Island’s current Parks Master Plan dates back to 1994, when there was only one municipally owned park. Today Bowen Island has 23 municipal parks and approximately 73 hectares of municipal parkland.

LEES+Associates collaborated with Bowen Island Staff to develop an updated Parks Plan which provides a community supported vision for Bowen Island’s parks,

Cumberland Cemetery Improvements
Cumberland Cemetery Improvements

Implementation of site improvements are now underway at the Village of Cumberland’s historic cemetery!

In 2013, LEES+Associates in collaboration with Outlook Land Design completed the Village’s Cemeteries Master Plan. Since then, the Village has been gradually undertaking projects to restore and enhance its three cemeteries.
New soil,

Night for All Souls
A Night for all Souls

Vancouver’s Mountain View Cemetery held its 13th annual Night for All Souls last Saturday, October 28th 2017.
The highlight in a week of events honouring the dead, this year’s “Night” was blessed with wonderful weather. Hundreds of visitors—families, neighbours and friends of the cemetery—turned out for an evening of music and song,

Mountain Bike Tourism Symposium
Mountain Bike Tourism Symposium

LEES+Associates was excited to attend the 2017 MTB Tourism Symposium in Revelstoke BC this fall.

Gathering multidisciplinary minds invested in furthering the future of mountain bike tourism in British Columbia, the core theme for this year’s event was stewardship.

The symposium lectures covered topics such as; Creating Successful Multi-Use Trails,

World Design Summit 2017

Erik Lees was one of the speakers at the World Design Summit held in Montreal, Canada last week.
Erik’s presentation “Resilience in northern cemetery design: lessons from Nunavut” addressed the congress theme DESIGN FOR EARTH. The congress convened over 3,500 delegates from six design disciplines to discuss transforming the future through design.