THE NCC READIES CONFEDERATION BOULEVARD FOR THE SUMMER SEASON
Business Posted by mcollins on May 03, 2006
The National Capital Commission (NCC) today officially unveiled a
new and unique interpretation program, as well as the colourful banners that will line Confederation Boulevard this summer.
Marcel Beaudry, Chairman of the NCC, hosted representatives from federal institutions located along Confederation Boulevard, for this special event held on Plaza Bridge in downtown Ottawa this morning
to unveil the series of 15 large interpretative panels featuring national sites and institutions.
“This unique interpretation program will offer residents and visitors an opportunity to learn more about some of Canada’s foremost national sites and institutions right here on Canada’s main street,” said Marcel Beaudry, NCC Chairman. “The success of this program is a result of the partnership developed between the NCC and several federal partners.”
The ceremony also marked the beginning of the installation of the 2006 Confederation Boulevard Banners featuring important landmarks, symbols and historic moments associated with each of Canada’s provincial and territorial capitals. This year, a special banner has been designed in honour of the
150th anniversary of the Canadian Museum of Civilization.
“Confederation Boulevard is lined with major national institutions, heritage sites, public art and
pride-inspiring commemorations and is an avenue of national celebration,” said Micheline Dubé,
NCC Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer. “We are especially proud to salute our friends at the Canadian Museum of Civilization.”
The NCC officially inaugurated Confederation Boulevard in 2000. This ceremonial route circles the heart of the Capital Region, linking some of Canada’s most important national institutions, sites and monuments, including Parliament Hill, the Supreme Court of Canada, Rideau Hall, the National War Memorial and the Peacekeeping Monument.
About the Confederation Boulevard Interpretative Panels Program
The Confederation Boulevard Interpretative Panels Program was established in two phases. In 2001, the NCC put into place a first series of 10 panels that communicate the rich history of our region while offering breathtaking views of the Capital. The second and final phase, which counts 15 panels featuring national sites and institutions, will be completed in May 2006. Phase II was developed in partnership with the following federal institutions: Parks Canada, Supreme Court of Canada, Bank of Canada, National Research Council Canada, Canadian Museum of Civilization Corporation, Public Works and Services Canada and the Royal Canadian Mint.
About the Confederation Boulevard Banners
The NCC initiated its annual Confederation Boulevard Banners Display in 1992, coinciding with Canada’s 125th birthday celebrations and the development of Confederation Boulevard. The Confederation Boulevard Banners Program aims to create symbolic links between Canada’s Capital Region and the provinces and territories, and commemorates important anniversaries and milestones. Since 1992, the NCC has highlighted several important anniversaries and milestones in Canada’s history, from the birth of the new territory of Nunavut (1999) to the 125th anniversaries of British Columbia (1996) and Prince Edward Island (1998). The banners have also celebrated the 500th anniversary of the arrival of John Cabot in Newfoundland and Labrador (1997) and the Games of la Francophonie (2001). In 2002, the NCC commemorated three important 50th anniversaries ¾ those of the Canadian Tulip Festival, the appointment of the first Canadian Governor General and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s Golden Jubilee. In 2004, Confederation Boulevard Banners commemorated the 400th anniversary of Acadia. Last year, special banners paying tribute to the Year of the Veteran and the centennials of Alberta and Saskatchewan were displayed.
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