Scattering Cremated Funeral Ashes in the Salish Sea Victoria BC

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"On the other coast, Birds of a Feather Marine heads out every few weeks or so, into the whale-rich waters off Victoria, B.C., to help families scatter ashes. Two years ago, two sisters came to him with the remains of their mother, who had twice been whale watching and yet hadn’t seen a single one. But on the day her ashes were cast onto the water, BOAF Marine was able to get close to a pod of Orcas."

Scattering the ashes of a loved one into the ocean can be an extraordinarily beautiful way to say goodbye. Many people love the idea of the ocean teaming with life. Many of our requests are related to the ocean, the whales and/or the wildlife having been a special place of significance to the deceased.

OPTION 1 - Hand off to us to scatter without passengers

Typically family and friends charter our boat to be present at the scattering. Another option is to have us scatter the ashes without your presence. We will scatter your loved one’s ashes and send you pictures and a screenshot of a GPS marker on the map where we scattered them. Depending on if we are picking up the ashes, or you are bringing them to us there may be a reduction in the full cost.

Arrangements can also be made to pick up ashes from the funeral home, or any other 3rd party if you wish.

OPTION 2 - Scatter Ashes with passengers present

Typically we travel out of the harbor about 45 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.

While an urn is not required, in fact most people don’t use one and simply scatter the ashes overboard we do recommend using biodegradable urns when an urn is used. It is also nice to watch the urn drift near the boat amongst the flowers and then eventually disappear beneath the surface. One of our charters even made their own paper "boat" which sank after about 5 minutes.


Scattering ashes at sea Victoria BC

You can do this yourself – you do not need a licence to spread ashes in tidal coastal waters off of the British Columbia. Typically, there is no ceremony per sey, however, we can accommodate you if you wish to arrange a member of your religious denomination to conduct a cermony.

One of the nicest accompaniments (extra cost) is a bagpiper - let us know if this interests you and we’ll put you in touch with a local bagpiper who you can contract directly.

Doing this by boat as opposed to from the shoreline also lessens the chances of you being intruded upon.

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This is truly a journey of the heart and however you wish to say goodbye, in silence, spoken out loud or written on our heart shaped post-its for privacy. Your family will set the ashes free by gently lowering them into the ocean. You will then bear witness as the ashes’ transition into clouds that take shapes and colors.

This cloud will stay together in a loose formation and begin a brand new journey. We will ring the ship’s bell eight times (“End of Watch”) and on the last bell everyone tosses flowers overboard. This is the last act of letting go. We return to port while the ashes join the rest of life on their way to another world.

Bag Piper scattering ashes at sea ocean Victoria BC

Baby Orca breached!

The open air market on Salt Spring Island was a unique and fun experience. The arts and crafts stores in Ganges were a delight to discover. We enjoyed the fresh air, the natural scenery and the Dahl’s porpoises along the way. The ride back to Victoria was even more scenic as we boated through the channel and under the old wooden bridge between the Pender Islands. Going home the long way through the San Juans and around the bottom of San Juan Island was an excellent choice. We saw Orcas and a recently born baby orca breach out of the water! The boat is very comfortable and Dieter knows the waters like a seasoned mariner. We really appreciated having the zodiac all to ourselves and not being on any schedule. This was the best trip to Victoria ever! See you again next year for another adventure.