Posted by: Manager / Associate Curator | October 9, 2017

It happened one Thanksgiving Monday

October 12, 1987 – The final phase of a $45,000 beautification of the City’s entrance is complete. Flags for each province and territory as well as the City, U.S. and a Rotary banner are hoisted in Rotary Circle around a Canadian flag on a clear and sunny Thanksgiving Monday. The Rotary Circle had already been officially dedicated on Canada Day, 1986 with Lt. Gov. Lincoln Alexander of Ontario raising the Canadian flag in the center.

The above photo showing the central flag pole base and a section of the gardens is from 2003.

On January 5 of 2013, these Idle No More Akwesasne protestors unofficially temporarily added two more flags to the collection.


The Brookdale Avenue Traffic Circle, in 1984 before the Rotary Club added the flags.

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Ca. 1968, prior to the Rotary Circle flag pole and gardens.scan0005This pre-1968 photograph by Carl Malcolm  shows 7th St. W. in the center.

The etching added to this September, 1961 photo, illustrates the proposed addition of the traffic circle. The bridge was still under construction.


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