It’s no secret the cost of owning property above land in Vancouver can be expensive.
Apparently, it’s the same when you’re six feet under.
At 106 acres, the city’s only burial lot Mountain View Cemetery charges $25,000 per four by six burial plot.
“The biggest piece would be supply and demand. There just isn’t an abundance or even a decent supply of burial space in Vancouver.”
Shortage of graves in Greater Vancouver
“In all of Greater Vancouver, you might have 14, maybe 15 cemeteries in total. Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg there would be at least twice that many.”
Glen Hodges, manager of the cemetery, says 2015 saw record revenues from 75 graves.
“Just about reached about $2.4 million in annual revenue for the cemetery.”
With only 800 casket graves left, Hodges says those spaces will be bought out in the next decade.
Soon no space left, but cremation growing in popularity
After that, he says, that’s it.
“Plan to basically be contingent upon cremation which is the vast majority of people in the market right now.”
The city stopped selling burial plots in 1986 at a cost of $110.
Three years ago the city opened up sales for spots that were bought before 1940 and weren’t used.