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Centennial Flame, Ottawa

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Located on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, the Centennial Flame (Flamme du centenaire) commemorates Canada’s 100th anniversary as a Confederation. The Flame was first lit as the climax of the centennial celebrations of January 1, 1967, in the presence of then Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson. He was joined on the hill by leader of the Opposition and former Prime Minister, John Diefenbaker, and Secretary of State, who was in charge of the Centennial, Judy LaMarsh as well as thousands of onlookers. The Flame is fuelled by natural gas and surrounded by a fountain whose ledge contains the shields of 12 of Canada’s provinces and territories—Nunavut is absent as it was not created until 1999.
This Centennial Flame was erected as a temporary monument, but due to great public support it still stands today. It is located near the Queen's Gates (the centre gate), in front of the stairs leading to the Peace Tower and Centre Block. The Centre Block is home to the House of Commons, the Senate and serves as an office building for MPs and Senators. The Centennial was celebrated across Canada in various ways; for example the re-enactment of the Battle of the Thames, the building of a destroyer out of match sticks, etc. The government also encouraged the building of a Centennial memorial in each of Canada’s 10 provinces. The provincial and federal governments matched whatever the municipal government spent on their memorial, thereby encouraging the construction of grand buildings such as the National Arts Centre in Ottawa.
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  • My wife and I passed by this area in Ottawa whilst touring East Canada and enjoyed the sight provided greatly. The Flame monument was extremely impressive and made us extremely thoughtful.  more »
  • Centennial Flame is a major feature on the grounds of Parliament Hill. Look for it just inside the Queen’s Gate in front of the Peace Tower. Originally built as a temporary monument, Prime Minister...  more »
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  • Great place to visit. Have made some sweet memories here. The flame has different coats of arms on it representing different provinces.
  • Neat feature, great that it can be visited around the clock. Cool to check it out at night.
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