Founded in 1873, Beechwood is rich in both local and national history. Below you can find more information on specific aspects of Beechwood’s history.

Written by the late Mr. Thomas Ritchie, the article linked below details the history of Beechwood from its founding in 1873 up until its recent designation as the National Cemetery of Canada.

The History of Beechwood Cemetery

As the final resting place of over 75,000 Canadians from all walks of life, it is unsurprising that there are many who have made some significant contribution to our country’s heritage. Beechwood has compiled a list of close to 350 individuals, and a .pdf containing a short bio on each person can be found below. We welcome any submissions of people we may have missed. Please email them to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Historical Portraits

The National Military Cemetery was founded at Beechwood in 2001. In the article linked below, Director of The Beechwood Cemetery Foundation Robert White details how the NMC came to be, and his role in the process.

The History of the National Military Cemetery