Choose to host your event or meeting inside or adjacent to our beautifully restored chapel
Outdoor Memorial Gatherings
When planning a memorial gathering, following a cremation, consider a new and innovative idea that will allow you to have an outdoor service adjacent to Williamsburg pond. Regardless of where or when you are considering burial of the ashes, you can still have a gathering for friends and family in remembrance of your loved one. Williamsburg Cemetery offers a pond side service beneath the shelter of a pergola, complete with chairs and podium. Sitting in sunshine, listening to the birds and sounds of the 3 fountains, you will be able to grieve, remember and celebrate a life. If the weather is inclement on the day of the service, there is no need to worry. The service can be quickly and easily moved indoors to the adjacent chapel where you have the option, following the gathering, to offer your guests food and refreshments.
The Dedication Centre at Williamsburg
Nestled in Williamsburg Cemetery's tranquil, natural setting, The Dedication Centre at Williamsburg - with its winding pathway and stone exterior - is the centrepiece of the cemetery's perfectly manicured grounds.
It's picture perfect from the outside; but inside, it's even more lovely. Its 50-foot ceiling and expansive wall-to-wall windows allow an abundance of natural light to spill in, providing a view of a picturesque pond with cascading fountains and adjacent wetlands.
Originally built in the 1800s to serve a Mennonite Church, it was originally situated along Toronto's waterfront. However, it had become run down and was slated to be demolished. Fortunately, a private Waterloo-based company came to the rescue, purchasing the chapel's original main support beams and roof deck, enabling the building to be reconstructed and brought back to its original beauty. The City of Kitchener then purchased the materials in 1997 and rebuilt the chapel at Williamsburg Cemetery.
Almost every material used to reconstruct the chapel has been reclaimed. The gorgeous Douglas fir wood on the chapel's floor and walls was salvaged from Newland Textile plant, an 1800s factory in Cambridge, Ontario, that was about to be destroyed. Its antique stained-glass windows were recovered from a Waterloo church that was also about to be torn down.
Completed in 2011, just outside the entrance to the chapel, you will find a stamped patio and pergola - created out of ornate repurposed black iron pillars topped with reclaimed white oak. At the edge of the patio area, a winding bridge provides a path across Promontory pond, featuring solar-powered lights that give a soft glow at dusk and handmade botanical-themed iron railings.
Today, Williamsburg Cemetery's The Dedication Centre serves several purposes at an affordable price. It provides a magically simplistic, yet charming setting for weddings, a tranquil atmosphere for memorial services and a warm spot for gatherings and celebrations. If photos are a part of your special occasion, there are numerous areas around Williamsburg that are picture-perfect!
If you have any questions, would like more information or a personal tour of the The Dedication Centre at Williamsburg, please contact us.
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