Can I Scatter Cremated Remains In A Public Place?

By: George Darte
Tuesday, July 26, 2022

It is common practice in Canada to disperse cremains in various permitted outdoor locations. However, there are some guidelines you should follow to ensure you are not working against any laws. George Darte Funeral Home has provided some potential areas for the dispersal of cremains in Canada.

Suppose you wish to scatter cremated remains of your loved ones in a natural setting. In that case, you may do so in federal or provincially maintained parks or conservation areas along rivers, lakes, or coastlines. You could commit a crime if you don't check with the local authorities.

Ashes can be scattered on Crown land only if no one resides nearby. The same regulations apply to Crown land surrounded by water bodies, including creeks, lakes, and the ocean.

Scattering Ashes In Ontario

The rules for dispersing ash in Ontario are consistent with those in other jurisdictions. You can scatter ashes in state parks and bodies of water like the Great Lakes. Before using municipal territory, you should determine if any restrictions are associated with municipal waters from the relevant local or regional municipality.

It's not hard to find an appropriate location in Canada to scatter cremated remains, but there are a few things to remember. Consider the possibility that the land where you wish to spread your loved one's ashes will be repurposed, restricted, or made entirely unavailable. In recent years, there has been a growing trend toward converting municipal golf courses into residential neighbourhoods.

Lastly, scatter cremated remains downwind if it's a windy day. That way, even if the wind blows in the wrong direction, it won't blow away from you. And you certainly don't want them to return to the gathered company of loved ones.

For additional details, don't hesitate to contact George Darte Funeral Home at 905-937-4444 or via our contact form. One of our experts will call you shortly to answer your queries. We are here to help you preplan a funeral or plan one for a departed family member.

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