The Innisfail Cemetery grounds are owned and maintained by the Town of Innisfail. This beautiful, peaceful, and well cared-for site is located on Lakewood Drive, on the North West side of town.
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Gravesite Memorials and Cemetery Maintenance
As one of the community’s most cherished and esteemed spaces, the Innisfail Cemetery offers a most peaceful and idyllic setting in which citizens can solemnly pay respect to, and remember, their loved ones.
Recognizing and respecting the cemetery’s deeply sentimental nature, the Town of Innisfail strives to maintain the cemetery grounds in the most sensitive, least intrusive manner possible. In doing so, Town staff work diligently to ensure the premises remain exceptionally well-tended while at the same time ensuring patrons retain the ability to honour and remember their loved ones both fittingly and appropriately.
Working within rules and regulations as recently updated through Town bylaws, the Town of Innisfail endeavours to maintain the high-quality appearance of this important space. In doing so, we most respectfully ask and advise of the following:
1. In order to ensure patrons are able to honour and remember their loved ones in the most dignified manner possible, we’ll do our best to maintain the grounds through prudent mowing, trimming and tree care, and through the careful removal of any wilted and/or unapproved items. To help ensure we’re not removing any items of sentimental value or significance, we ask that you please assist us in removing any such deteriorating commemorations from your own loved one’s resting site, and ensure existing/remaining adornments are permissible.
2. To ensure the grounds’ public features such as trees, benches and shrubbery can be quietly enjoyed and observed, we ask that you please refrain from tying or attaching to them any adornments or decorations.
3. Breakable vases, ornaments and decorations are not permitted in the cemetery. Such items can make grounds-keeping exceptionally difficult and time-consuming, and we ask that you please refrain from placing them within the cemetery grounds.
4. Should you wish to add a specific monument or structure such as a planter, vase, statue, bench or lawn ornament — to your loved one’s resting site or anywhere else in the facility — please contact the Town beforehand. That way, we can review and approve the item(s) so we know what should and shouldn’t be removed as we work to upkeep and maintain the facility later on.
5. When placing flowers in a columbarium niche, please be mindful to do so in a way that avoids impeding or obstructing others adjoining or immediately adjacent.
The Town thanks you for your assistance in maintaining the beauty and integrity of this special community facility. For further information — and/or to seek clarification on any of the items above — please contact the Town Office at 403-227-3376.
Fees for grave opening and closing may vary for many reasons, including the type of burial, the time of year, the time of the day, and the day of the week. Opening and closing of graves should ideally take place between 8:00 am and 3:30 pm, Monday to Friday. Additional fees will apply for burials taking place after 3:30 pm on a Saturday, or on a Statutory Holiday. There are no burials on Sundays.
Burial Orders must reach the Town Office two full business days (48 hours) prior to the burial. Permits must be obtained from the Town of Innisfail for all interments, disinterments, and monument placements.
To see the current fees associated with the Innisfail Cemetery, click on the link below.
Commonwealth War Graves
Hidden in the far south section of the Innisfail Cemetery are 15 Commonwealth War Graves. Thirteen World War Two graves are located in one border, while two separate World War One graves are found in the southeast portion of the cemetery.
Each season, the Town of Innisfail partners with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) to beautify and maintain the 15 graves. The Town agrees to maintain the border to standards set out by the commission. This includes the mowing of the turf, and designing, planting and maintaining the flowers within the border from May to October. The Town receives a horticultural maintenance fee annually, from the CWGC for costs associated with the border. The border is inspected annually by a horticulture inspecting officer, who recommends improvements necessary to elevate the level of care.
The leading spirit in the genesis of CWGC was Gertrude Jekyll, a late 19th/early 20th century leading British horticulturist. The overall aim behind the horticultural design is to give the effect of a garden rather than the common concept of a cemetery. It would be a place where those who made the ultimate sacrifice and those who visit their graves would feel at home. The manifest care with which the cemeteries are tended should also bear witness to the fact that the sacrifice of those who lie is still remembered.
The border matures mid to late summer with a combination of perennials and annuals. The next time you are exploring Innisfail’s parks and trails, make an effort the stop and enjoy the border.
There are 55 major CWGS horticultural sites in Canada, seven in the United States, and three in the Caribbean. Innisfail and Red Deer are the only participating cemeteries in Alberta.