I love walking in cemeteries. Maybe not so much on a dark night where the ground fog is rising around the graves and the moon is glowing eerily from behind clouds. But on a perfect warm and sunny day, like today was, they are lovely and peaceful. Granted, some have more appeal than others. For instance, here in Ottawa, the Beechwood National Cemetery of Canada, is the oldest and most elegant in the city. It was founded in 1873 and not only does it offer gorgeous gardens, numerous species of trees, and rolling hills, it is steeped in history. Some of the most influential people in the making of Canada and the growth of Ottawa are buried there. People such as John R. Booth, a lumber and railroad baron, James Dyson Slater, one of Canada’s greatest engineers who constructed the Welland Canal, and Henry Franklin Bronson, another lumber baron who “changed the social and economic structure of Ottawa.”, to name a few. There are many more but those graves I did not see today. There are plaques in all the notable locations making it easy for one to learn the history. Beechwood is also home to Canada’s National Military Cemetery, a place I’ve been meaning to visit for years but never took the opportunity. It was truly humbling. Just as you might envision the graves at Vimy, row upon row, they are here too, just not as numerous. The effect is, nonetheless, striking. Beechwood is definitely a cemetery worth visiting if you enjoy the peacefulness of cemeteries as much as I do. Now have a look at what lovely things I found today.
If you’d like to see more photos from the day they will be up on my Flickr page within the next couple of day.