The Coldstream Municipal Cemetery is a tranquil place of final rest surrounded by pasture and trees.
The Cemetery was established in 1901 on an acre of land donated by Coldstream Ranch and was recently expanded.
The Cemetery includes adult and child/infant burial lots, cremation plots, and a memorial wall for preserving the memory of loved ones who have passed but may or may not be buried in the cemetery.
Take a stroll through the Cemetery and discover those who have made Coldstream their home throughout the years.
The Cemetery is open daily at 9:30 am.
Seasonal Closing Time April, May, June 8:00 pm July, August, September 9:00 pm October, November, December, January, February, March 6:00 pm
Frequently Asked Questions
- Purchase a plot, this is also referred to as reserving a plot, or reserve a space on the Memorial Wall.
- For plots, an Interment Agreement would need to be signed by the Interment Rights Holder (the purchaser) and a plot selected and paid for. Fees are outlined in Schedule 'A' of the District's Cemetery Bylaw.
- For the Memorial Wall, please review the process outlined below.
- A Care Fund is a requirement of the Cemetery and Funeral Services Act of BC.
- The District of Coldstream must collect these fees and deposit them into a trust fund to generate income for the sole purpose of maintenance of the cemetery.
- The one-time fee is collected at the time a plot or a memorial marker is purchased.
- Plaques are provided through the District as part of the Memorial Wall Service.
- Spaces may be reserved in advance of plaque placement upon receipt of payment of the Permit and Care Fund Fees.
- The plaques are made of bronze and contain text provided by the purchaser.
- Fees are outlined in Schedule 'A' of the District's Cemetery Bylaw.
- Full burial plots may have one full burial and up to six cremations placed on top.
- If you have had a death and need to plan for the interment, you may contact the District directly, or through a funeral home, to arrange for the interment date and plot purchase if one has not already been reserved.
- The District does not handle any arrangements outside of the plot sales, open and closing of the plot, and placement of memorial markers.
- Yes, if it is for a full burial.
- If it is a cremation interment, you may use a funeral home to arrange the interment, but it is not required.
- A copy of the cremation certificate is required to be provided prior to the Interment.
- A tour of the cemetery may be arranged with a staff member during regular business hours.
- Maps of plots may also be provided to show available plots and their location within the cemetery.
- You will need to decide if you would like a cremation or full plot.
- District staff will excavate (open) the plot in preparation for the burial (interment).
- For full burials, the lowering device and area around will be prepared in advance of the funeral home arriving and doing their preparations.
- For cremation interments, the plot is excavated and then staff leave the area for the period of time as prearranged for the service. Services are typically 1.5 to 2 hours in length. Staff will return after the service to close the plot.
- Yes, generally District staff are prepared for winter interments, barring extreme weather conditions (for safety reasons).
- The District also ensures the road access is cleared for vehicles to reach the plot.
- Five business days is ideal, but requests can usually be accommodated within three business days.
- A full burial plot is 6 feet x 10 feet.
- A cremation plot is 3 feet x 3 feet.
- The District requires that a liner be used for both full and cremation burials. The liner is a container made of a material that will not decompose. By using an outer burial container (liner), cemeteries can ensure that the land remains level. As sturdy as they seem, a buried urn or casket will still decay over time. This means that the earth around these structures will start to cave and cause dips at ground level.
- The liner will go in the grave and will contain the casket, or urn, and a lid will be placed on top. The cremation liners are 14” tall, and 12” x 12” square. This prevents headstones or grave markers from sinking, creates a safer space for visitors so they don't trip on uneven ground, and assists with maintenance of the grounds.