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Centennial Flame

Centennial Flame

Ottawa, Ontario
24 hours a day!

Located on Parliament Hill, the Centennial Flame 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 then Leader of the Opposition and former Prime Minister John Diefenbaker 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 Flame is encompassed by a fountain into which many visitors to Parliament Hill throw coins for luck. That change is gathered, washed, dried and sorted by maintenance before it is put into a government bank account. From there the money is given to the winner of the Centennial Flame Research Award. The award, which was begun in 2005, is given “to a person with a disability to enable him or her to conduct research and prepare a report on the contributions of one or more Canadians with disabilities to the public life of Canada or the activities of Parliament.” The 2011 recipient, Andrew Morrison-Gurza, received $5,500. The 2012 recipient, Andrew St. Kitts, is a Masters student with cerebral palsy who plans on using the $5,000 he received to research “attitudes of able-bodied Canadians when they see people like him.“

Because of the fire that burns above the water, the fountain doesn't freeze, even in the middle of the winter.

Photo Credit: Photography copyright (c) 2015 M Cheung. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. https://www.flickr.com/photos/mwscheung/16676464912/

Text Credit: Site description from Wikipedia, used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.

NEWS FEED
  • Explore150 photoSpot Snapshot/ GeoGal1/ Jul 30, 2017
  • Lets power it with hydrogen !
    guestBook Guestbook/ Edekemp/ Jun 6, 2017

    Would it not be good if in 2017, Canada's 150th birthday, the Centennial flame was powered by clean green sourced hydrogen!

    Come on Justin lets light it again in 2017!

  • Explore150 photoSpot Snapshot/ gwynpd/ May 28, 2017
  • Centennial Flame
    guestBook Guestbook/ GeoGal1/ May 2, 2017

    Part of a wonderful visit to the Prime Minister's Office in 2008. Stopped for pictures by the flame

  • EWC
    guestBook Guestbook/ battenolivia/ Apr 12, 2017

    I loved my trip to Parliament with Encounters with Canada!

  • Late Parliment Hill Visits
    guestBook Guestbook/ ClaytonExplore/ Jan 24, 2017

    After skating the 4.8 km of the Rideau Canal we took a stroll up to Parliment and Visited the Centennial Flame. It was a cold night and the warmth of the flame was very welcoming - in addition the hill was dead quiet with very few people around. It was an amazing experience. I've been living south of Ottawa for all of my life and this is a go to post skate stop whenever I go to the rideau canal! I strongly suggest visiting this site and the canal, it is a short walk from an entrance to the canal.

  • Get your stereotypically Canadian photo here!
    guestBook Guestbook/ Naluukti/ Aug 14, 2016

    Bring a stuffed moose or beaver.

    I was sad to see Nunavut wasn't represented. I know, they weren't around in 1967, but they are now.

  • My Trip to Parliament
    guestBook Guestbook/ / Sep 19, 2015

    The centennial flame itself is amazing but not the main attraction in this area of Ottawa. Between the Parliament Buildings towering beside it, the statues around it telling stories of Canada's great history, and the amazing shopping areas surrounding it, even through it is not the main attraction, it really tries everything together.

  • Explore150 photoSpot Snapshot/ / Sep 19, 2015
  • Centennial Flame- day to remember
    guestBook Guestbook/ mar-CR7/ Sep 14, 2015

    I loved going to Parliament Hill, it was wonderful to gaze upon, even inside! I took a group photo here.

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NEWS FEED
  • Explore150 photoSpot Snapshot/ GeoGal1/ Jul 30, 2017
  • Lets power it with hydrogen !
    guestBook Guestbook/ Edekemp/ Jun 6, 2017

    Would it not be good if in 2017, Canada's 150th birthday, the Centennial flame was powered by clean green sourced hydrogen!

    Come on Justin lets light it again in 2017!

  • Explore150 photoSpot Snapshot/ gwynpd/ May 28, 2017
  • Centennial Flame
    guestBook Guestbook/ GeoGal1/ May 2, 2017

    Part of a wonderful visit to the Prime Minister's Office in 2008. Stopped for pictures by the flame

  • EWC
    guestBook Guestbook/ battenolivia/ Apr 12, 2017

    I loved my trip to Parliament with Encounters with Canada!

  • Late Parliment Hill Visits
    guestBook Guestbook/ ClaytonExplore/ Jan 24, 2017

    After skating the 4.8 km of the Rideau Canal we took a stroll up to Parliment and Visited the Centennial Flame. It was a cold night and the warmth of the flame was very welcoming - in addition the hill was dead quiet with very few people around. It was an amazing experience. I've been living south of Ottawa for all of my life and this is a go to post skate stop whenever I go to the rideau canal! I strongly suggest visiting this site and the canal, it is a short walk from an entrance to the canal.

  • Get your stereotypically Canadian photo here!
    guestBook Guestbook/ Naluukti/ Aug 14, 2016

    Bring a stuffed moose or beaver.

    I was sad to see Nunavut wasn't represented. I know, they weren't around in 1967, but they are now.

  • My Trip to Parliament
    guestBook Guestbook/ / Sep 19, 2015

    The centennial flame itself is amazing but not the main attraction in this area of Ottawa. Between the Parliament Buildings towering beside it, the statues around it telling stories of Canada's great history, and the amazing shopping areas surrounding it, even through it is not the main attraction, it really tries everything together.

  • Explore150 photoSpot Snapshot/ / Sep 19, 2015
  • Centennial Flame- day to remember
    guestBook Guestbook/ mar-CR7/ Sep 14, 2015

    I loved going to Parliament Hill, it was wonderful to gaze upon, even inside! I took a group photo here.

Located on Parliament Hill, the Centennial Flame 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 then Leader of the Opposition and former Prime Minister John Diefenbaker 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 Flame is encompassed by a fountain into which many visitors to Parliament Hill throw coins for luck. That change is gathered, washed, dried and sorted by maintenance before it is put into a government bank account. From there the money is given to the winner of the Centennial Flame Research Award. The award, which was begun in 2005, is given “to a person with a disability to enable him or her to conduct research and prepare a report on the contributions of one or more Canadians with disabilities to the public life of Canada or the activities of Parliament.” The 2011 recipient, Andrew Morrison-Gurza, received $5,500. The 2012 recipient, Andrew St. Kitts, is a Masters student with cerebral palsy who plans on using the $5,000 he received to research “attitudes of able-bodied Canadians when they see people like him.“

Because of the fire that burns above the water, the fountain doesn't freeze, even in the middle of the winter.

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Photo: Photography copyright (c) 2015 M Cheung. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. https://www.flickr.com/photos/mwscheung/16676464912/