Cemetery FAQ

What type of burials does the City of Nanaimo allow?

City of Nanaimo accommodates full casket burials and interment of cremated remains (ashes).

When do burials take place?

Burials typically take place between 10 am – 2 pm Tuesday to Friday. Saturday burials are available at an additional cost.

Can ashes of other family members/pets be spread or buried with our loved ones?

No ashes can be spread in a City of Nanaimo Cemetery. Only human remains may be interred in the cemetery.

Why is the grave and/or headstone at the plot not level?

Earth settles causing depressions over time. The City levels certain areas of the cemetery annually to address safety concerns.

Recent burials will be leveled within a few weeks to allow for settlement from disturbing the soil.

Why is there plywood on the plot?

Plywood is laid on top of the plot to protect it from earth of a nearby burial.

What ornamentation is allowed on burial sites?

  • Fresh flowers – these will be removed when deteriorated for aesthetic purposes.
  • Artificial flowers – from September 30th – May 1st only. These will be removed in the spring when grass cutting begins
  • No toys, food, glass vases etc. - these are not allowed due to safety reasons for grass cutting. These items will be removed. 

Why are there upright markers in the Bowen Cemetery when the bylaw does not allow for them?

These markers were put in place years ago when the City allowed for them.

How many markers can be placed on a grave site? What size can they be?

Two markers are permitted on a single plot. The maximum size allowed is 46 x 91cm (18 x 36 in), and a minimum thickness of 4 inches.

What types of markers are permitted?

Only markers of granite or bronze are permitted.

Contact Us

Cemetery Information 411 Dunsmuir Street, Nanaimo, British Columbia
8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday

Last updated: June 20, 2024

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