Why You Should Visit Woodlawn Memorial Park

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We regularly get asked, “Do you get a lot of people that come through the cemetery?”

The answer is: Yes! Yes, we do!

Here are our top reasons to visit Woodlawn Memorial Park in Guelph:

1. The Trails

Woodlawn Memorial Park has 4km of paved roads for guests to drive down or walk along. A beautiful tree canopy provides shade from the hot summer sun as you make your way along any of the five trail systems that wind through the Park.

The trail system includes:

  1. The Johnson Trail: 0.8 km
  2. The Trans-Canada Trail: 1.0 km
  3. The Chapel Trail: 1.1 km
  4. The Garden Trail: 1.4 km
  5. The Veterans’ Trail: 2.0 km

For a map of our trail systems, click here.

2. The Grounds

View of the grounds at Woodlawn Memorial Park

One day, on a walk with our General Manager, Paul Taylor, he asked me, “Do you smell that?”

I stopped walking, inhaled, and realized that I could smell the pine from the trees all around us. It was wonderful.

The rich nature of our grounds combined with the beautiful monuments, the children’s memorial garden, the mausoleum, and our reflection garden provides visitors with an opportunity to become immersed in one of the loveliest places in Guelph.

Paul followed-up with a comment that stuck with me and I want to share it with you. His comment brings us to the third reason for visiting the Park.

3. Your Senses Come Alive

Flowers blooming at Woodlawn Memorial Park

“When you visit Woodlawn Memorial Park, your senses come alive!” — Paul taylor

When I take a walk through the park in the early morning, traffic is calm, the sun is rising, and the animals are venturing out on the grounds. You can hear the birds chirping and the squirrels scurrying along. You can see the beauty of the sun rising — its rays peeking through the leaves in the trees.

I like to take a deep breath and enjoy all of the different aromas from our trees, shrubs, and flowers. I touch the different types of stone used for monuments, feeling the difference between granite used today compared to the marble and limestone that was used in the late 1800s to early 1900s. I feel the mist from our fountain on my face and the breeze that blows between the trees. It’s very relaxing.

4. Our History

The rich history of Woodlawn Memorial Park

The history of Woodlawn Memorial Park is as old as the City of Guelph! Our roots go back to our city’s founding in 1827.

We were known as the Union Cemetery back then and were situated in the heart of Guelph at the Baker Street parking lot. In 1854, we opened our gates at our current location and the rest is, well, history. We have many generations worth of family and communal histories at the Park that tells the story of the people who made this city what it is today.

If you’d like to listen to audio clips of some of those histories, click here.

When Will We See You?

Annual Vintage Car Show at Woodlawn Memorial Park

Aside from our lovely trails, we also host many fun-filled events throughout the year, like our Classic Car Show and our Spirit Walk. To keep up-to-date on all our events, sign-up for our newsletter.

The beauty of our grounds is best experienced in-person, so when you have a moment, come visit us.Find your favourite spot, close your eyes, take a deep breath and, like Paul says, “Let your senses come alive!”

For more information about Woodlawn Memorial Park, get in touch.

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  • Irene Fitzpatrick

    I have often walked through parts of the cemetery! I find it beautiful and very peaceful. I have even brought my camera and taken photos of the gardens, and the water feature. I love this cemetery and hope this will be my final resting place

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