Centennial Flame is a symbolic flame that forms
the central element of a fountain, itself
located symmetrically in the walkway between the Queen's Gates and the Peace Tower on Parliament Hill, in Ottawa, Ontario.
Lit by then Prime Minister of
Canada Lester B. Pearson
1966, to officially inaugurate the Canadian Centennial
flame is fed by a natural gas jet that sits under a metal dome
depicting the centennial year logo: a stylised maple leaf
. The flame, however, is not an eternal one
, as it is routinely
extinguished during inclement weather or for cleaning, and
The fountain's water runs from beneath the coats of arms
for each of the provinces and territories of
as they existed in 1966, into a moat surrounded by a
wall that lists the year each province and territory joined the
Canadian Confederation in Canada.