The social lives of statues

Photo:  Canada's National War Memorial, Confederation Square

In this tour we will walk from the National War Memorial down Elgin Street, ending at "Enclave": the Women's Monument in Minto Park.  Along this stretch of Elgin Street we will visit many well-known and more obscure monuments—twelve in total.  I will discuss the history of the monuments as well as moments in their lives: moments of protest, defacement, and the politics of annual monument rituals. 


We'll meet at the National War Memorial in Confederation Square (Wellington & Elgin Sts).  From there, we'll walk south on Elgin to Minto Park (Gilmour St), and then through the park toward Cartier St.  

This is a tour I also give for Ottawa (de)tours.  

About the walk leader

Tonya Davidson is a sociologist at Carleton University. Her long-term research interest has been on Ottawa statues. This tour is the result of that research. 


Tonya Davidson

Date:Sat May 5, 2018
Time:5:00 PM
Duration: 1 hour
Language: English
Start:National War Memorial
End:Minto Park
Area:Centretown/Golden Triangle
Distance:1.0 km

This tour follows city sidewalks and paved pathways.

Canada's National War Memorial, Confederation Sq.
Volunteer to Marshal This Walk