Can You Identify These Canadian Statues and Monuments?

By: Kennita Leon

This monument is located in Ottawa, just off the intersection of Rideau Street and MacKenzie Avenue. It was erected on June 9, 2017 in honor of Yousuf Karsh, a famous Canadian- Armenian photographer who passed away in 2002.

Located in the center of Ottawa, this Royal Canadian Navy Monument honors past, present and future soldiers of the Royal Canadian Navy. It can be found on Richmond Landing in the colors of the navy- white, black and gold.

A sculpture of a Giant Mosquito can be found standing at 15 feet high in Komarno, Manitoba. It is a representation of the endless mosquitoes that have made their home in the village. In fact, Komarno is the word for mosquito in Ukraine.

The National Holocaust Monument in Ottawa, Canada can be found on the intersection of Wellington and Booth streets. It has six triangular concrete structures that extend into the sky and an interior that is used to host a number of different activities.

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is just that- the gravesite of a fighter who has not been identified. It was once located close to the Vimy Ridge in France, but the tomb now lies in front of the National War Memorial.

The Canadian Building Trades Monument represents the country's appreciation for building tradespeople who worked tirelessly to construct Canada's infrastructure. It was revealed in 2017 and is located in Major Hill's Park in Ottawa.

The Valiants Memorial is a representation of revered persons who contributed significantly to Canada's military history. It includes statues and busts of 14 men and women. It also has a bronze wall with an engraving from The Aeneid by Virgil, which reads ‘"No day will ever erase you from the memory of time.'

The memorial to Canadian firefighters is located in LeBreton Flats, where the Great Ottawa fire of 1900 took place. It consists of a fire pole 18 meters high, a six-foot-tall figure of a firefighter and a memorial wall.

The Ottawa Memorial, also known as the Commonwealth Air Forces Memorial, can be found on Green Island on Sussex Drive. It is in remembrance of 800 people who died during World War II. On July 1, 1959, this monument was revealed by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

This 1989 monument by Melvin Charney is the first of its kind to be made in honor of human rights worldwide. It was built in recognition of the difficulties many face in ensuring their rights. It was first displayed by spiritual leader the Dalai Lama in 1990.

The ‘Women are Persons' monument was created in 2000 in memoriam of the Famous Five from Alberta, namely Louise McKinney, Henrietta Muir Edwards, Irene Parlby, Emily Murphy and Nellie McClung. They are known for championing women's rights in parliament in the 1900s.

This UNESCO monument is situated in Old Quebec, near the Champlain Monument in the vicinity of Place D'Armes and the Château Frontenac hotel. Old Quebec became a world heritage site in 1985 and this monument memorializes this prestigious honor.

The National Artillery Monument has a large wall made of marble, created to signify artillerymen killed during their service in the army. There is also a 25 pounder gun and a statue of John McCrae which was added in 2015. The monument can be found in Green Island, Ottawa.

Shediac, New Brunswick, is known as ‘The Lobster Capital of the World,' and rightfully so. In addition to the yearly lobster festival, there is a huge 10-meter-long lobster monument in the town. The 1989 statue was sculpted by Winston Bronnum and is placed on top of a rock in the small town.

The Oscar Peterson statue is located just outside the National Arts Centre, at the intersection of Elgin and Albert streets in Ottawa. Peterson was a world-renowned Canadian jazz musician and pianist, who won several Grammy Awards. Ruth Abernethy created the statue of this legend.

This historical monument commemorates the meeting of two esteemed leaders: Winston Churchill, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and Franklin D. Roosevelt, 32nd president of the US. The monument can be found by the Esplanade Powder Magazine and in the vicinity of the Citadel.

Hutchison, Wood & Miller are the designers behind the 13,000-pound water tower found on 1025 Lucien L'Allier Street, Montreal. The structure, which stands at 10 meters high, was refurbished in 2009, after being erected in 1930 where the Guaranteed Pure Milk Company was located.

The Animals in War Dedication is a memorial that shows us that the role of animals in the war has not been forgotten. It is located in Ottawa in Confederation Park, next to to the South African War Memorial, and has footprints of animals such as horses and dogs.

The Peacekeeping Monument is a unique structure that was created in honor of Canadian peacemakers, both alive and deceased. This monument is the efforts of landscape architect, Cornelia H. Oberlander, urban designer Richard G. Henriquez and sculptor Jack K. Harman.

Maman is a vast bronze, marble and stainless steel sculpture of a spider that was created by Louise Bourgeois. It is situated in the entrance of The National Gallery of Canada and is meant to represent motherhood and fertility.

The Champlain Monument in Dufferin Terrace was created by Vernon March and displayed in 1925. It is a representation of Samuel de Champlain, who has been credited as the founder of Quebec, Canada after he discovered the city in the 1600s.

Terry Fox was a young man who began his Marathon of Hope in 1980 for 143 days, in order to raise awareness and garner support for cancer research. He died in 1981 at 22 years old and a statue was created by John Hooper in 1983 to honor his legacy.

This sculpture depicts two engagement rings made out of aluminum and see-through plexiglass boxes. American artist Dennis Oppenheim created the sculpture, which can be found on Vancouver's Sunset Beach.

Charles de Gaulle was a French president and officer who used his influence to build and maintain a relationship between France and Quebec in the 1960s. His statue can be found on the intersection of Grande Allée Est and Cours du Général-De Montcalm.

Hamilton MacCarthy created this 1902 monument to honor the Canadian volunteers who perished in the war in South Africa, which took place from 1899–1902. This memorial can be found in Confederation Park in Ottawa.

This statue of an ‘upside down church' is called a Device to Root Out Evil. This sculpture has caused major controversy and was rejected by Stanford University and now stands in Vancouver, though years prior the Vancouver Public Parks Committee voted to remove it from its location.

Harry Albert Harper was a young man who lost his life rescuing a girl who, in 1901, fell through the ice in the Ottawa River. This memorial was made in 1905 by Ernest Wise Keyser, as a means of acknowledging Harper's heroic efforts.

John McCrae, author of the popular poem ‘In Flanders Fields,' is commemorated by this bronze sculpture in Ottawa. Ruth Abernethy created this sculpture, which was revealed in 2015 by the Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery.

This monument was made in recognition of the aboriginal people who offered their services in the Canada Armed Forces. Noel Lloyd Pinay created this 2001 monument, which signifies tradition, peace and harmony.

This monument in Rideau Falls Park, is a tribute to Canadian Aid Workers. It was created by John Greer in 2001 and acknowledges the humanitarian efforts of Canadian citizens, particularly two people: Nancy Malloy and Tim Stone. Their deaths were the driving force behind this monument.

This bronze sculpture is a depiction of an Anishable - the indigenous people of Canada. The Anishable Scout sculpture was made by Hamilton McCarthy in 1918. It is situated in Ottawa in Major Hill's Park.

The 3.5-meter statue of the Clock from Jura stands in the City Hall Gardens and weighs about 2 tons. It was designed by a Swiss clockmaker, Richard Mille, and it took 10,523 hours to perfect this masterpiece. It is made up of 5,451 parts.

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About This Quiz

Canada, the United States' neighbor to the north, is known for lots of things. Not to be cliche, but the world over has come to make this place synonymous with all things maple, hockey and bears. Then there's that famous politeness, which has led to thousands of internet memes of Canadians apologizing for various things. But there are many more aspects to Canada that many of us don't even know about. Or do we? 

If you're a fan of history and art, you may just be able to name all the Canadian statues and monuments that we're about to show you. Forget about the Niagara Falls and Celine Dion for a second and think about all the memorials scattered throughout the country. Think about the Giant Mosquito, the CANLOAN memorial and the Canadian Building Trades Monuments, because those are exactly the kinds of structures that we're going to ask you about today. And if you're not sure what the previous three look like, you may have a hard time identifying the rest that we have in store for you. 

So channel everything you know about Canada and get ready to test your knowledge on some of their most famous landmarks and monuments. 

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