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Founded in 2009, the Memorial Forest seeks to reduce the stigma around mental illness and promote greater understanding and compassion from the community as a whole.

The site is located at the Glenridge Quarry Naturalization Site at 1860 Sir Isaac Brock Way in St. Catharines. It features mature trees, an inscribed stone and plaques that honour family and friends who have passed on after battling mental illness.

We want to provide an opportunity to share stories of hope and success as told by individuals and family members living with mental illness.

Annual Memorial Forest Vigil

Every October, a Memorial Forest Vigil takes place on the Thursday during Mental Illness Awareness Week. This event is free and does not require registration.

2023 Vigil

The event includes live music, a lived experience speaker, readings and more. The community is welcome to join the event in-person or to view the event online within a week after the event.

This event is rain or shine. Some seating is provided.

Getting to the Memorial Forest

  • By foot: Enter through the Glenridge Quarry parking lot and walk five to 10 minutes along a stone path
  • By car: Enter through the gate at Sir Isaac Brock Way


Click here to view the poster Memorial Forest Vigil Invitation

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