While waiting for the fire alarm in my building to shut off (the new janitor was apparently using the fire hose connection to hose down the parking garage), I read a great article about cremation in the Vancouver Courier. This paragraph really surprised me:
North American Cremation Association statistics show Vancouver has the highest cremation rate of any city in North America-about 80 per cent-while B.C. tops any other Canadian province or American state at about 76 per cent.
Apparently the trend driven my cost as well as the transient population of Vancouver. When the first crematorium opened in Vancouver in 1912, the cremation rate was 2%.
The Vancouver Courier, I might add, has done an excellent thing by making its back issues since 2000 available for free online.