Why Woodlawn Memorial Park Is A Guelph Treasure

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Are you searching for a final resting place with history, character, and a strong community connection? Choosing the right spot is an important decision, and it’s natural to seek a location with more than just a beautiful property. Discover why Woodlawn Memorial Park is a city treasure, and could be the right choice for you or a loved one.

A Testament To Time

A historical photo of the front entrance of Woodlawn Memorial Park.

At Woodlawn, you are surrounded by the echoes of history and the embrace of nature.

  • Woodlawn Memorial Park was operating before Darwin published the Origin of the Species (1859), before Lincoln was President of the United States, before the Suez Canal existed, and Guelph was only 25 years old.
  • Many of the oldest trees in the city are on our property, some more than 150 years old.
  • Many city streets throughout Guelph are named after people buried here.

Notable Interments

A photo of an inscription that says 'loving' on a memorial at Woodlawn Memorial Park in Guelph. Ontario.

Within our grounds lie the final resting places of the following individuals whose contributions have left an enduring imprint on our city, and beyond:

  • The founders of Sleeman’s Brewery, the Cutten Club, and Reid’s Heritage Homes.
  • The memorial of F. Metcalf, the man who brought Cable TV to North America.
  • The famous Opera singer and Manager of the Metropolitan Opera, Eduardo Giovanni (Edward Johnson).
  • Former Premier of Ontario, George Drew.
  • Laura Secord’s granddaughter.

Unique Features

A photo of a garden and waterfall at Woodlawn Memorial Park.

Our park setting features distinctive elements that make it a place of enduring significance and beauty.

  • There is a 300 crypt Mausoleum.
  • The largest Canadian flag that flies in the city of Guelph flies over our Veterans’ area.
  • We have one of the tallest single-piece granite spires in Canada, standing 38’ tall.
  • A 7’ high granite Peace Pole, one of more than 100,000 in the world, is in our Peace Garden. The words “May Peace Prevail on Earth” are carved on the pole in 18 different languages.
  • Our park features a fountain and waterfall.
  • Woodlawn is the only cemetery in Canada to have the Trans Canada Trail running through it.

Memorials In Memory

A photo of a memorial at Woodlawn Memorial Park in Guelph, Ontario.

Discover multiple memorials throughout our grounds, including:

  • The Children’s Memorial that honours the more than 950 children buried in unmarked graves in Woodlawn Memorial Park.
  • The memorial honouring people who donated their bodies to science.
  • The latest addition to the cremation garden, the Columbarium Wall F.

Woodlawn Numbers

An aerial photo of Woodlawn Memorial Park.

These numbers paint a profound picture of remembrance and commemoration.

  • There are more than 30,000 people buried here.
  • More than 10,000 cremations have taken place.
  • Our property spreads over 80 acres of land, filled with trees.
  • We have a network of over 4 kilometres of trails.

If you’re looking for something to do in Guelph, visit our grounds and take a stroll on our many trails. You can see the beautiful monuments and listen to the sounds of nature in any season.

Explore how Woodlawn Memorial Park can be part of your future and legacy. Book a no-obligation consultation today to learn more about what we have to offer.

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