The law in Alberta in Canada is quite relaxed and sensible, the one nice aspect is that expressly says you can use a homemade casket as long as it’s rigid and has handles.
Before a body can be cremated, a Medical Examiner must examine the Medical Certificate of Death signed by the attending physician. The appropriate form is then issued, giving approval for cremation. In Alberta, a casket is not legally required to be used in cremation, but funeral homes and crematoriums require that the body be enclosed in a rigid combustible container that is equipped with handles. It can, however, be homemade. This should be discussed with the service provider. Following cremation, the cremated remains are returned to the family usually within two or three days. They are normally in a container previously chosen by the family.
Cremated remains generally weigh about five to seven pounds and can be buried in graves, in a columbarium or scattered. Some cemeteries have special areas for cremation urns.
SCATTERING OF CREMATED REMAINS
Some people want to have their ashes scattered in a location that is meaningful to them; however, you should be aware that there may be some restrictions on where cremated remains can be placed. Scattering of remains is usually permitted on Crown and publicly owned lands; however, there are some restrictions for national parks (such as Banff or Jasper), provincial parks, and forests and wilderness areas (such as Kananaskis). There may also be municipal restrictions. Be sure to obtain permission ahead of time in all cases. Please ask your funeral director for further information.
Several important issues to consider before scattering ashes are:
• There is no fixed location to visit and, if done on private property, consider that it may be sold in the future.
• There will not be a marker or headstone.
• The location may not be accessible or it may not be in the same condition in the future.
I still find it odd they have Crown land in Canada, presumably the HRH the Queen does not derive income from this… but who knows (well I am sure someone does, but not me).