Woodland Cemetery is located just south of the community of Van Anda off Gillies Bay Road on Texada Island. The cemetery has graves dating back to the late 1800s, when the island was a whaling centre.
To access the cemetery from the BC Ferry Terminal in Blubber Bay, exit the ferry on to Blubber Bay Road and follow the road until you reach Van Anda (approximately 8.5 km). Turn right on to Gillies Bay Road and continue on until you see the cemetery on the right hand side of the road (approximately .75 km). The cemetery is marked by its main entry gate.
Woodland Cemetery offers full casket burial plots, cremation burial plots and the newly installed columbaria niches. The 60 niche granite columbarium unit was installed in May of 2015 and sits towards the back of the cemetery with the niches facing in the general direction of Van Anda on one side of the unit and towards Gillies Bay on the other side of the unit. Each niche can hold a single urn and the niche cover may be etched with the name, dates, symbol and line of sentiment with the further option of a photoceramic recessed into cover or a vase.
While families are welcome to adorn grave sites with flowers and other small decorative items, no other improvements are permitted on grave sites or other cemetery facilities. Items left at grave sites will be removed by regional district staff when they become unsightly. No artificial flowers are allowed between March 15th and October 15th.
The cemetery grounds are open to visitors during daylight hours.
If you have any questions about the Woodland Cemetery or to make an appointment to reserve a plot or niche, please contact Operational Services at 604-487-1380.