Can I Scatter Cremated Remains In A Public Place

By: Myles O'Riordan
Tuesday, May 17, 2022

After the cremation of a loved one, many Canadians follow the practice of scattering the ashes which you can disperse in several locations. To avoid violating local laws and regulations, however, there are a few rules you must adhere to. Here are several suggestions from Wagg Funeral Home for spreading ashes in Canada and some proposed sites.

You can scatter cremated remains on federal and provincially maintained terrain, including national and provincial parks and conservation zones around rivers, lakes, and coasts. Verify with the town or city to see if there are any limits; otherwise, you might be breaking the law.

You can disperse ashes on Crown land, but only if there is no one who lives in the immediate vicinity. In addition, the same restrictions apply to Crown land surrounded by water (such as creeks, lakes, and the ocean).

Scattering Ashes In Ontario

Ontario's ash dispersal regulations follow the same pattern as those in other states. You can spread ashes in provincial parks and waterways, such as the Great Lakes. Check with the local or regional municipality to see if there are any limitations on municipal waters before using municipal territory.

A suitable place to spread ashes is not challenging to come by in Canada, but there are certain things to keep in mind. If you choose to spread your loved one's ashes on public land may lead to the land keep in mind that it might be redeveloped, repurposed, restricted, or even wholly unavailable at some point in the future. Nowadays, municipal golf courses are being repurposed into housing, and this trend is becoming more prevalent.

Finally, if it's a windy day, consider sprinkling ashes downwind. Because of this, you won't have to worry about them going in the wrong way if the wind does. Besides, you wouldn't want them to fly back toward the friends and relatives present. For any additional information, please call us and speak with Wagg Funeral Home’s funeral director.

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