Commemoration Program

Many different people have lived, worked, harvested, played, and explored in this place, among many other activities. We want to ensure the diverse histories of this land are commemorated in this emerging development.

Canada Lands Company’s commemoration program guides how Wateridge Village/Villages des Riverains is recognizing Algonquin, military, francophonie, and other histories in this ongoing development. The commemoration program has been developed by Canada Lands Company in partnership with the Algonquins of Ontario (AOO) and with support from ERA Architects Inc., the Dept of Words & Deeds, and the Canada Aviation and Space Museum.

The commemoration program culminates in a handbook that provides Canada Lands Company and its development partners with collected histories, design principles, precedents and guidelines to implement commemorative features within the site’s emerging public realm. Commemorative features may include community signage and wayfinding, public art, street furniture and light fixtures, pavement detailing, and artifact display.

In 2021, we collected public stories online and the AOO led a knowledge-collection process.

The site is north of Montreal Road, south of Sir George-Étienne Cartier Parkway and east of Aviation Parkway, close to the Canada Aviation & Space Museum and the Montfort Hospital. It is the former Rockcliffe Airbase that is owned and currently under development by Canada Lands Company.

Read the handbook that honours personal stories and human experiences within Wateridge Village and helps shape commemoration work and future development in the community.