Background

The Great Lakes Fountain was built in 1962, along with the Tree Fountain, located on the lower terrace in the Garden of the Provinces and Territories. Its horizontal concave concrete slabs represent the Great Lakes, while the vertical Tree Fountain symbolizes the vast Canadian forests.

About the project

Due to faults in its water system, The Great Lakes Fountain was no longer operational. To breathe new life into this structure, a lighting system will be installed which will mimic the flow of water. In keeping with the NCC’s Capital Illumination Plan, the goal of these improvements is to enhance the nighttime visitor experience of the fountain and surrounding garden, and create a new attraction in the nation’s capital.

Work

  • Disassembling the water elements, while preserving the sculptural elements
  • Cleaning and repairing the sculptural elements
  • Installing LED accent lighting which mimics the flow of water

Project implementation

  • November 2019 to spring 2020
  • Work will be undertaken Monday to Friday, between 7 am and 5 pm.
  • No pathway closures are expected during this work.

This project is part of the NCC’s major infrastructure projects made possible with the Government of Canada’s $55-million investment from the 2018 federal budget.