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.

May 28
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.

May 28
Annual Events

Bereaved Families of Ottawa’s Annual Butterfly Walk to Remember

03:00 pm - 05:30 pm

Release a live butterfly in memory of a loved one


The Bereaved Families of Ottawa Memorial Butterfly Release is a fundraising walk/run and butterfly release organized by the Bereaved Families of Ontario – Ottawa Region. Funds raised go to support BFO-Ottawa’s programs and services.

Families and friends are welcome to join us on the hill overlooking the garden and pond at the Beechwood, the National Cemetery of Canada, and share with your family and friends in the symbolic release of a butterfly in memory of a loved one, a symbol of hope and a symbol of transformation. For those who wish, a memorial walk will take place after the butterfly release. At your own pace, complete a full or partial figure 8 path through the 160 acres. It’s a time to reflect and share memories.

Click here to register for this event.

For questions or to register by phone or email, please contact BFO-Ottawa directly:; 613-567-4278

Jun 4
Annual Events

National Memorial Ride

02:00 pm

The National Memorial Ride (NMR) is an annual commemorative event that brings together motorcycle enthusiasts and supporters to remember and commemorate Canada’s Fallen Veterans at the National Military Cemetery at Beechwood Cemetery. Held annually in June, riders join a motorcycle procession through Ottawa to the National Military Cemetery where they participate in a Service of Remembrance and wreath laying ceremony to commemorate Canada’s Fallen military servicemen and women. This event offers a unique opportunity for riders to share their pride in Canada’s Veterans and honour those who sacrificed.

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Jun 4

Reconciling History 

11:00 am

What have we learned as a country, and as a people, from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) about the tragic injustices perpetrated against First Nations, Metis and Inuit children during the residential schools era? How does this knowledge impact the current relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in Canada?

Reconciling History is an ongoing initiative that seeks to reveal truths about our collective past to help forge new relationships based on mutual respect.

Join us on Sunday, June 4th at Beechwood Cemetery, the National Cemetery of Canada, to witness the unveiling of the Nicolas Flood Davin plaque. Through the TRC’s Calls to Action, Beechwood alongside its partners has  truthfully portrayed Davin’s life and his instrumental role in the creation of residential schools and their legacy.

Attendees are asked to arrive before 11:00 AM as we will be walking over to the monument for the plaque  unveiling. There will be a ceremony and reception afterwards.


Jun 9

Royal Canadian Chaplain Service Commemoration of First World War and Celebration of Canada’s 150th Anniversary

02:00 pm

The Royal Canadian Chaplain Service and Beechwood Cemetery, The National Cemetery of Canada, cordially invite you to attend the Chaplain’s Commemoration of First World War and Celebration of Canada’150th Anniversary.

As the final event of Exercise CALLED TO SERVE 2017, the Chaplain General has organised a special and unique ceremony. Join us on the afternoon of Friday, June 9th 2017 at 14:00 hours in the Sacred Space at Beechwood Cemetery.

The program will include a presentation on the Chaplain Window in the Hall of Colours, and a multi-faith ceremony to honour fallen WWI Chaplains, mark the 75th Anniversary of Padre Foote receiving the Victoria Cross, and celebrate the 150th Anniversary of Confederation. A short reception will follow.  Please note for those interested, Beechwood can provide a guided walking tour of the grounds.

Who: Current and Retired CAF Chaplains and their spouses.
Dress: military – 1A, civilian – business (with medals)
Location: The Beechwood National Memorial Center

Sep 17
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 Saturday, 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