Today I am starting a series from this spot. Beechwood Cemetery is on the northern edge of the Vanier Quarter, very close to Notre Dame Cemetery. It is a large historic property consisting of 160 acres of graves and gardens, with room for more. Politicians, writers, artists, historical figures, and the general public can be found among its graves. There are sections set aside for the military, and for police. Plaques can be found near the graves of those who have had a considerable impact, either locally or on a national level. Unlike Arlington, which is a military cemetery in its stature, Beechwood sees a mix of uses, but is designated as our national cemetery.
One of the first things you come across walking in through the main entrance is Poet's Hill, a section of graves with a literary influence.
The area near Poet's Hill is a cremation garden, with urns interred. It includes this grave, one of the city's finest mayors.
This gazebo, which encloses a number of interred urns, is set in a garden area. Among those interred here are the ashes of Tommy Douglas, a premier of Saskatchewan, a founder of the federal New Democratic Party, and father of the idea of socialized medicine.