Mountain View Cemetery Master Plan

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We are expanding Mountain View Cemetery and want to hear from you.

The Mountain View Cemetery is an important community asset that captures the history and unique rural community of North Cowichan. Mountain View Cemetery is a sacred space for spiritual practice, mourning, reflection, and memorialization. Situated among mature trees, and surrounded by rural residential properties, the cemetery provides striking views of Mount Prevost. The historic section of the cemetery includes interesting site features such as the original gate, site signage, and stone monuments, near the intersection of Drinkwater Road and Somenos Road.

The developed portion of the cemetery is almost at capacity. A Master Plan process has been identified for Mountain View Cemetery to guide the expansion of the existing cemetery, including other options for interment. Mountain View Cemetery currently offers a limited range of interment options. There are opportunities to expand these, potentially with scattering gardens and green burial areas. There may also be opportunities to explore different types of niches, either now and/or in the future.

We want your input on the expansion of Mountain View Cemetery and we want to understand your interment needs for the future. Feedback heard will be used to inform final concept plans for an expanded cemetery.

You are invited to participate!

Please join us in participating through:

  • An online survey: available September 15 – October 4. THE SURVEY IS NOW CLOSED. THANK YOU FOR PARTICIPATING. LOOK FOR UPDATES ON WHAT WE HEARD SOON.
  • Attend an Open House on Thursday, September 22 from 4 – 6pm at the Mountain View Cemetery (6493 Somenos Road). THANK YOU TO ALL WHO ATTENDED THE OPEN HOUSE.

Open House Boards can be found on the side banner of this project page and should be reviewed prior to completing the survey.

We are expanding Mountain View Cemetery and want to hear from you.

The Mountain View Cemetery is an important community asset that captures the history and unique rural community of North Cowichan. Mountain View Cemetery is a sacred space for spiritual practice, mourning, reflection, and memorialization. Situated among mature trees, and surrounded by rural residential properties, the cemetery provides striking views of Mount Prevost. The historic section of the cemetery includes interesting site features such as the original gate, site signage, and stone monuments, near the intersection of Drinkwater Road and Somenos Road.

The developed portion of the cemetery is almost at capacity. A Master Plan process has been identified for Mountain View Cemetery to guide the expansion of the existing cemetery, including other options for interment. Mountain View Cemetery currently offers a limited range of interment options. There are opportunities to expand these, potentially with scattering gardens and green burial areas. There may also be opportunities to explore different types of niches, either now and/or in the future.

We want your input on the expansion of Mountain View Cemetery and we want to understand your interment needs for the future. Feedback heard will be used to inform final concept plans for an expanded cemetery.

You are invited to participate!

Please join us in participating through:

  • An online survey: available September 15 – October 4. THE SURVEY IS NOW CLOSED. THANK YOU FOR PARTICIPATING. LOOK FOR UPDATES ON WHAT WE HEARD SOON.
  • Attend an Open House on Thursday, September 22 from 4 – 6pm at the Mountain View Cemetery (6493 Somenos Road). THANK YOU TO ALL WHO ATTENDED THE OPEN HOUSE.

Open House Boards can be found on the side banner of this project page and should be reviewed prior to completing the survey.

Have a question about the Mountain View Cemetery master plan? Ask it here.

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    Is there a possibility of having an area for Catholic graves?

    Geri Gomola asked 13 days ago

    No, Mountain View Cemetery is a nondenominational cemetery.

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    As to the last question in the survey, what do I think of the master plan: except for the large green space on the map, I am not sure what the plan includes. Is the plan already developed or will be when feed back is received? In all I am happy to hear that that lovely cemetery will be expanded. And include green burials. No need to reply.

    Sarah asked 15 days ago

    Thank you for taking the time to provide your input. A draft concept plan has been developed, but won't be finalized until feedback from the survey is summarized and reviewed to ensure that the expansion will meet the needs and wishes of the community. You can view the draft concept plan here (it's the 4th page titled "expansion area draft concept plan": https://www.connectnorthcowichan.ca/32354/widgets/134163/documents/88780 

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    Why are the current grounds so poorly maintained? It is impossible for older people to access many graves due to the unevenness of the ground.

    Lynket asked 19 days ago

    Thank you for your question. Graves settle overtime as caskets and materials decompose creating uneven surfaces. This is especially apparent in the old section of the cemetery. We use grave liners now to limit the amount of sinking, so the new section is not as bad. The old section also has concrete that cracks and lifts or sinks, headstones also sink and heave overtime. The cemetery is staffed only seasonally/part-time with one person there from April to October during the growing season when they are busy mowing grass. It takes two weeks to mow the cemetery, with removing all the items people leave by the graves and replacing them and when they are done they have to start all over again. When time permits, they raise the headstones and fill in the sunken areas. If Council approves an increase for future budgets perhaps more staff and equipment will be available to help this process go faster.

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