Garden of Remembrance

The Broken

​​​​​As you turn the corner away

from war, you'll next come to the

Garden of Remembrance,

​a heritage garden, consisting of

white blooms, familiar sights and scents from years past.  Eight black granite monuments display the names of hundreds of Canadian soldiers who served or are currently serving in military and peacekeeping.

Behind the garden, the Nova Scotia, Canadian and United Nations flags are proudly displayed.

​Current photo:

Remembrance Day 2015.

​  Veterans Memorial Park                                            Bass River, Nova Scotia

Along the periphery of the park, Red Maples have been planted commemorating Canadian soldiers from Nova Scotia, killed during the war in Afghanistan. These trees stand as sentinels of hope for future generations.

The Veterans Memorial Park consists of three gardens, which, when combined, take the form of a Celtic flower. The Garden of Sorrows  is a sterile replica of the horrific trenches of WWI. Consisting of 1,100 sand bags which line this 100 foot area, it provides a unique opportunity for the visitor to experience the illusion of stepping down into a trench.  An upturned soldier's helmet is a stark reminder of the sacrifices made by so many.

​​​​Cobequid Veterans Memorial Park

        ​Bass River, Nova Scotia

The Forgotten Heroes monument​ commemorates the animals that have helped people in times of war, conflict and peace. It highlights the Supreme Sacrifice of Sergeant Gander, the Newfoundland dog who served with the Canadian Armed Forces in Hong Kong during the Korean War. The monument, initiated and designed by Noah Tremblay, started as an elementary school project and has become an enduring monument to all of the forgotten heroes.

Bass River, Nova Scotia

The Broken ​was created to commemorate soldiers who have returned from the theater of war changed; soldiers wounded physically and/or emotionally and those who have gone on to suicide.  From a distance the monuments looks whole but as you approach the black granite, you find the monument broken and your reflection fragmented. This symbolizes the splintered emotional lives, the fractured memory, the anxiety of brokenness suffered by so many.

​The Transformation

Forgotten Heroes

​Located in rural Nova Scotia, near the shores of the Bay of Fundy's historic tides,

the sculptured gardens of the Veterans Memorial Park is a 'living memorial' to those

who served and continue to serve in Canada's Armed Forces and in Peacekeeping.

Garden of Hope

Garden of Sorrows

And finally, the newest addition to the Veterans Memorial Park,  

our new podium, constructed in the summer of 2015.


             Bass River, Nova Scotia 

The Broken

As you continue through the park, you enter the Garden of Hope.  Plants from all over the world share this space and complement each other with their diversity of color, texture and scent. As well as providing a comforting and peaceful atmosphere for visitors, it also provides shelter and a food source for countless creatures.

The Transformation monument is a unique structure symbolizing the horrors of war and the hope

for peace.​ A stylized globe is ensnared by barbed wire, a grim reminder of war and internment. Life-giving branches encircle the globe and finally overtake the barbed wire, symbolizing nature's hope in the healing of the nations. From this hope comes peace, in the form of a dove, with olive branch crowning the sculpture.