“Coming together for projects like this is about belonging. When we have belonging in our community, we have more safety and we have a healthier community in so many ways.”

Project participant

All Countdown monuments are located near bodies of water: the Bonnechere River; the Ottawa River, at the confluence of the Indian and Muskrat rivers; Golden Lake; the Otonabee River; the Grand River; Lake Nipissing; Trout Lake; the Mississippi River; the Shawashkong River; Lake Kamaniskeg; the Rideau River; the Madawaska River; and a few small, unnamed creeks.

Spanning many territories, traditionally stewarded for millennia by First Nations such as the Omàmiwininì, Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee, and Neutral peoples, these nourishing waters and the living creatures within them have appeared more than a few times in Countdown monuments designs: a turtle in Peterborough-Nogojiwanong; another turtle in Bancroft; a nautilus fossil in Eganville; and in many of the monuments, wave motif, abstract currents, and roots reaching deep for water.

The Countdown Story website is now host to a Monument Map which visually indicates where, amidst this abundance of freshwater, all monuments can be found and visited in Ontario. Find the map on the About page, populated with monument locations, project information, and even links to Google directions for your next road trip: https://www.countdownstory.com/about.

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