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Dallas Square

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This area in downtown Nanaimo is know as Dallas Square, named after Alexander Dallas who managed the Vancouver Island operations of the Hudson Bay Co, circa 1855.

It seems to me more of a small park than a square as the landscaping enhances the site of the cenotaphe which commemorates those lost during the first and second world wars. The elaborate stone monument dates from the 1920’s.

Dallas Square

Dallas Square

On remembrance day this whole area and the surrounding streets are packed with people from Nanaimo who gather here to participate in the ceremonies.

The cenotaphe is missing on this picture as I started out too far to the middle of the sheet thus running out of space on the right hand side where the monument is located.

Also, the bus-stop shelter that I used to sit down was comfortable but a little bit too far out of the way to get a good view of all the major attributes of this square.  Hopefully there will be another opportunity soon to correct this oversight.


Author: John Hofman

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