Welcome to the Columbarium at Christ Church Cathedral

The Columbarium is an elegant and peaceful cemetery in the refurbished undercroft of Christ Church Cathedral Ottawa. It is a secure, fully accessible, spacious, and beautifully appointed space. 

Carefully laid stonework surrounds its formal entrance, leading into a charming chapel and then into the Columbarium.

Features of the Columbarium

The Columbarium is furnished with 468 niches. 156 niches are designed to hold an urn containing the ashes of one person, and 312 are for the urn or urns containing the ashes of two people. Each single niche has one brass marker on its door and each double niche has two markers. The markers are normally inscribed a the time of need and show the name of the deceased person, dates of birth and death, and a small cross. 

Single and double niches are arranged into fourteen sections along its east and west walls. The sections are made of oak, and each niche is sealed with a custom made, solid oak door. The niches in all sections of the Columbarium have excellent sight lines and all are easily accessible. 

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Buying a Niche

Niches in the Columbarium are available for purchase by families and individuals comfortable with choosing a Christian cemetary for their own, or their loved one's ashes.

Single niches are available for purchase at $2,000. Double niches are available at $3,000. (Prices include engraving of the niche marker at the time of need. No extra fees are applied for opening/closing of niches.) In addition, the price includes an amount which is deposited into a trust fund for perpetual care of the Columbarium. The rights to the use of either a single or a double niche may be purchased in advance, or by the family at the time of need. 

Christ Church Cathedral Columbarium License #CM-05105

Visiting the Columbarium

The Columbarium is open for visitation at most times when the cathedral is open and special visits at other times can be arranged.

To confirm access, please call the cathedral office at 613-236-9149 ext 29 to schedule a visit.

Send an email to the Columbarium manager

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