Scattering Ashes of your pet in Victoria BC

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Most pet owners don’t give much thought to handling their pet’s remains until the matter is at hand.

pet cremation scattering ashes at sea Victoria

Different ways to scatter cremated remains of your beloved departed pet.

  • Scattering ashes in the ocean off southern Vancouver Island is one of the most common practices here on the west coast. Water-soluble urns can be used, however, most of our clients prefer to simply scattered the cremated ashes downwind over the side of the boat and throwing flowers over the spot. This is the service we provide.
  • Casting is the act of throwing the ashes into the wind downwind. A good marker is to throw the ashes below your waist.
  • Trenching the ashes is another way to spread cremated remains by digging a small hole into the ground and burying the ashes in the hole.
  • Raking ashes involves pouring the ashes on to the ground and raking them so they spread everywhere. This is often conducted in communal gardens where scattering ashes is a regular activity.
  • Green burial ash scattering is a modern, green way of spreading cremated remains. Here, the ashes are put inside a biodegradable urn and are mixed with soil. In due time, the urn will grow into a tree.
  • Ashes sent into space are another method that’s gaining popularity. For a steep price of close to $2,000, you can have the ashes brought to outer space.

Scattering the ashes of a loved one’s pet into the ocean can be an extraordinarily beautiful way to say goodbye. Many people love the idea of the ocean teaming with life.

Typically we travel out of the harbor about 15 to 25 minutes or so, come to a rest at which point the ashes are released. Flowers are often tossed into the water after which the vessel encircles the area and returns to port.

scattering pets ashes in the ocean off the coast of southern Vancouver Island

You can do this yourself – you do not need a licence to spread ashes in tidal coastal waters off of the British Columbia - however, doing this by boat as opposed to from the shoreline also lessens the chances of you being intruded upon and the ashes washing back up on shore.


Sorrow and grief are normal and natural responses to death. Like grief for humans, grief for animal companions can only be dealt with over time. Sadly most of us have to make the impossible decision to put our pet to sleep. If you cremate your pet you can then take your time to grieve and say farewell when you’re ready with a respectful send off scattering their ashes at sea.

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Whales, tall ship wreck and oceanside vineyards

the Crowther Family Boating Journal: Our Alaska cruise pulled in to Vancouver just after 7:30 am and by 11:30 we met up with Dieter. Our flight back home to Australia left the next day. With Dieter’s planning advice it all went like clockwork. We flew in to Ganges from the Vancouver harbour on a float plane with Salt Spring Island Air where Dieter met us. After enjoying an excellent lunch on Salt Spring we headed south through the Gulf Islands and stopped at the Saturna Island Vineyards to sample their wines and bought a few bottles. This oceanside vineyard reminded us of those back home in southern Australia near Melbourne. We also saw a tall ship wrecked on a reef near there. We passed through the San Juans where we spent an hour or so watching a super pod of Orcas. A large male breached completely out of the water just a few hundred yards from the boat. This is an experience we will never forget and recommend to anyone who loves the ocean and wildlife. Dieter dropped us off in Victoria right next to the West Coast Air float plane docks at 5:30 pm. By 7:00 pm we were back in our hotel in Vancouver! What a perfect day. This was the icing on our perfect week to the west coast. Thank you "Birds of a Feather". Next time we’ll be back to stay at your B&B in Victoria.