Arlington National Cemetery in the United States is well known amongst Americans (and Canadians) as the national site historic Cemetery. The Beechwood Cemetery in Ottawa, Canada receives a faction of the visitors and publicity that the Arlington site does. Perhaps this difference relates to larger patriotic differences in Canada and United states. However, given the rise in dark tourism across the heritage field Beechwood may eventually become more well known to the Canadian people.
Established in 1873, the Beechwood Cemetery is
the final resting place for over 75,000 Canadians, including our
Canadian Forces Veterans, War Dead, RCMP members, Governors-General and
Prime Minister. The Beechwood Cemetery was designated as the national Cemetery of Canada in 2009.
Some of the historical figures buried in Beechwood include: Sir Stanford Flemming, Prime Minister Sir Robert Borden, and Tommy Douglas. Cemeteries of all shapes and sizes contain a wealth of genealogical and historical information, and tend to be well worth a visit if you can get over the potentially 'creepy' factory.