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Centennial Square, Victoria, Canada, 2017[open in full screen]  

 
 

"We give thanks to two brothers – cedar trees [spirit poles] for allowing us to transform them into the teachers that acknowledge the ability of aboriginal people to preserve and continue the cultural practices of their ancestors". Victoria's Spirit Square, where spirit poles are standing, is located within Centennial Square, a public gathering space next to Victoria City Hall. The project is made possible by the BC Spirit Square program to support the creation of town squares in communities throughout British Columbia.

  The BC Spirit Squares was part of BC150, an initiative that planned activities and events as part of British Columbia's 150th anniversary as a Crown Colony.

Every great city has a dynamic public square where people of all ages gather for quiet contemplation, play or celebrations. For the City of Victoria, that gathering place is Centennial Square, located next to Victoria's heritage City Hall, in the north end of downtown.

  Strangely this large square was overlooked on our multiple previous visits to the city. The square features performance stage, a fountain, benches and curved steps, surrounded with trees and planters. This type of ceremonial public space is common throughout Canada.

In our collection of similar squares we have Mel Lastman and Dundas Square in Toronto, Town Square in Oakville, Square in King Street, Kitchener and several others.

Next Heritage Square, Chemainus, BC

 
           
   
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