Parliament Hill, ON

Written by Dustin Manley

The Centennial Flame has lit the steps to Centre Block for nearly 50 years. Commemorating Canada’s 100th anniversary as a Confederation, the monument embodies the blazing spirit of its citizens.

The Flame burns in the center of a fountain whose ledge is branded with the shields of Canada’s Provinces and Territories. Only Iqaluit, the most recent Territory to join in 1999, is absent. I took this photograph of the Centennial Flame in the early hours of the morning after returning to Ottawa from Nunavut, the last of the provinces and territories I had to visit.

I cannot think of a more appropriate epilogue to conclude my journey across Canada.

All photos by Dustin Manley. All rights reserved.