The Salt Spring Island Natural Cemetery is located between the ocean and the hills, in the Burgoyne Valley on Salt Spring Island. Through farm and forest, down a winding lane, you will come to what looks like a typical Coastal Douglas Fir forest. Walk up the hill a little and you will find that amongst the stand of large Fir and Maple trees, is a burial ground.
The grounds offer peaceful spots for contemplation and remembering, a rustic gathering place for small celebrations, walking trails, plots for burial of full body or cremated remains, and places for scattering ashes.
This land is protected as a cemetery in perpetuity through a provincial Certificate of Public Interest on the property title and the cemetery is licenced as a provincial Place of Interment (licence #78285). We have a perpetual Care Fund that holds 25% of all moneys paid for plots, and will manage the care of the land forever.
We acknowledge this land is the unceded traditional territory of the Quw’utsun, Coast Salish People.
As the current stewards of this land, the cemetery helps to ensure our mission to see the forest return to one of giant Douglas Firs. Coastal Douglas Fir ecosystems are at risk – by being buried here, you are helping to protect and grow these trees and contribute to an old growth forest.
In the 5 1/2 hectares of Cemetery grounds you will find Coastal Douglas Fir plants such as, Salal, Sword fern, Oregon Grape and Vanilla Leaf. There are lichen, moss and diverse fungi. Resident animals include amphibians, Red Squirrels, Chestnut Backed Chickadees, Raven, Bald Eagles, Downy-, Hairy- and Pileated- Woodpeckers, and Great Horned-, Saw Whet-, Northern Pygmy- and Barred Owls.
Learn more about Coast Douglas Fir Forests here: https://www.env.gov.bc.ca/wld/documents/douglasfir.pdf
Download the Salt Spring Natural Cemetery Trail Map.