Every year at Beechwood we host a series of special community events, most of which are open to the public and free of charge. Some of the events include our Annual Historical Walking Tour with costumed actors, our Christmas Candlelight Service with carolling and tree lighting, and our multi-faith, bilingual Annual Memorial Service, which we have done for over 40 years.

We host occasional educational lectures by local historians and teachers, concerts by the Ottawa Chamberfest and a Memorial Butterfly Release for bereaved families.

Beechwood has partnered with local groups and charities to better serve our community. In association with Wreaths Across Canada, we lay wreaths on headstones in all sections of the National Military Cemetery. As a partner with the Department of National Defence, we hold a Remembrance Day Service.

We invite you, your family and your friends to join us for our many special events that take place throughout the year.

Jul 22
Guided Tours

The Beechwood Stroll

01:00 pm

The Beechwood Cemetery Stroll is a guided historical tour through Beechwood, the National Cemetery of Canada. Tours are given on the fourth Sunday of each month, rain or shine, and begin at 1:00PM. Tours start from the Beechwood National Memorial Centre, located just off our Beechwood Avenue entrance.

The Beechwood Cemetery Stroll is led by trained volunteers and focuses on local history and notable features and sections within this National Historic Site. The tour is free of charge, and is family friendly. The route for the Stroll is a gentle 1.5 hour walk and is wheelchair accessible. Please wear good walking shoes, clothing suitable for the weather and bring water if needed.

We ask that you RSVP as space is limited. Please contact us at or by phone at 613-741-9530.

Jul 29
Annual Events

Chamberfest Concert : Buzz Brass with Valérie Milot

11:00 am

Buzz Brass explore the softer side of instruments typically reserved for fanfare, alongside “enchanting” harpist Valérie Milot (Le Soleil). Their peaceful program moves from Bach’s My Spirit Be Joyful to Debussy’s beloved Clair de Lune, ending with the defining Leonard Cohen piece, Hallelujah.


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Aug 5

Chamberfest Concert : Fiorè

10:00 am

Baroque cellist Elinor Frey and soprano Suzie Leblanc explore newly discovered pieces, long hidden away in Como, Italy. Brilliant and lyrical, this treasure trove of sonatas, likely written by Milanese cellist Angelo Maria Fiorè, are woven with expressive Italian arias arranged for cello and voice.


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Sep 9
Annual Events

Annual Historical Walking Tour – Back to the Future

02:00 pm

Come with your family and friends to Beechwood’s Annual Historical Walking Tour at 2:00pm on Sunday, September 9th.


Location : Beechwood National Memorial Centre
Contact : 613-741-9530,

Sep 30
Annual Events

Annual Memorial Service

03:00 pm

You are invited to participate in our Annual Memorial Service; a non-denominational service of song, reflection and remembrance for families who wish to pay tribute to dearly departed loved ones and friends.

Location : Beechwood National Memorial Centre, Sacred Space
Contact : 613-741-9530,

Nov 11
Annual Events

Remembrance Day

10:30 am

Military members of the National Capital Region and their families and friends are invited to observe the Remembrance Day Ceremony at the National Military Cemetery of the Canadian Forces (NMC) on Sunday, November 11th, 1030hrs. NMC is located within Beechwood Cemetery, 280 Beechwood Avenue, Ottawa. Military members should be dressed in service dress 1A, issued raincoat, or gabardine & black gloves depending on weather conditions. Free parking within the cemetery is available on a first-come-first serve basis.

Location : National Military Cemetery
Contact : WO Julie Archambault: 613-741-9530

Dec 2
Annual Events

Wreaths Across Canada

01:30 pm

Location : National Military Cemetery
Contact : Erika Wagner; 613-741-9530 ext 122

Dec 2
Annual Events

Christmas Candlelight Service

06:00 pm

You are invited to participate in Beechwood’s Christmas Candlelight Service on Sunday December 2, 2018 at 6:00 pm.

A special way to remember loved ones, our service features a candlelight memorial with carols and a tree-lighting ceremony.

We encourage you to bring an ornament to place on our outdoor tree in memory of a loved one. A non perishable food item for the Food Bank would be appreciated. Our event is outdoors, please dress warmly. Hot beverages will be served.

Location : Beechwood National Memorial Centre
Contact : 613-741-9530,