Can I Scatter Ashes (Cremains) at Sea?

August 31st, 2022
Can I Scatter Ashes (Cremains) at Sea?

Yes, you can scatter ashes at sea throughout Canada. There are no federal laws governing the scattering of cremains, and no provincial laws prohibiting scattering ashes within the tidal zone of the ocean. There are also some private businesses that will take you further out to sea to scatter ashes if you desire. Nevertheless, we will offer some advice in today’s blog on the scattering of cremains at sea.

Property Rights

The ocean coast starting from the high-tide mark down into the water is considered public property in British Columbia. However, above the high-tide mark may be private property. Respect the rights of others, and don’t try to access the water via private property without the permission of the landowner.

Quiet Time

Select a quiet time or quiet spot for scattering ashes. It’s not a good idea to scatter ashes while others are swimming nearby, especially if there will be several in attendance.

Further out to Sea

For more privacy, you can always hire a private company to take you further into the ocean and away from prying eyes. There are several businesses on the Lower Mainland who provide this service.

Scattering cremains at sea is a common choice. It’s easy to do, and it doesn’t cost anything. Just exercise some common sense if you choose this option.

If you have questions about cremation in British Columbia, or you need to arrange a cremation, please feel free to call us at Only Cremations at (604) 861-9895 in Vancouver, and we can help.

Only Cremations, based in Surrey, British Columbia, provides dignified and affordable cremation services. We believe every family deserves respect, reverence, and compassion. If you have any questions about this article or would like to talk to us about cremation services, please call or text (604) 861-9895.


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