An in­ter­ac­tive map­ping project com­piles the na­tion’s ge­o­graphic memo­ri­als to Canada’s role in global con­flicts

Canadian Geographic - - CONTENTS - BY ABI HAY­WARD

Ex­plor­ing car­tog­ra­phy

PPilot of­fi­cer Lawrence “Larry” Love joined the Royal Cana­dian Air Force on his 18th birth­day, mid­way through the Sec­ond World War. Just days af­ter the D-day land­ings on June 6, 1944, Love’s Spit­fire went miss­ing over the beaches of Nor­mandy. His tomb­stone lies in the Bret­teville-sur-laize Cana­dian War Ceme­tery in Cal­va­dos, France, but his mem­ory lives on in Canada. Love Is­land, a sliver of land in the mid­dle of Lac la Ronge, Sask., was named to hon­our Love’s sac­ri­fisac­ri­fi­fice. sac­ri­fice. Love Is­land is one of hun­dreds of ge­o­graph­i­cal names with ties to con­flicts Canada has par­tic­i­pated in. To help com­mem­o­rate these places, the Ge­o­graph­i­cal Names Board of Canada and Nat­u­ral Re­sources Canada are col­lab­o­rat­ing to cre­ate Com­mem­o­rat­ing Canada at War, an in­ter­ac­tive on­line map to be un­veiled later this year. The map here, cre­ated by Cana­dian Ge­o­graphic, shows 488 sites — high­light­ing the range of ge­o­graphic forms, the con­flflicts con­flicts they hon­our and a se­lec­tion of par­tic­u­larly no­table memo­ri­als — col­lected so far. “Cana­dian cul­ture is in­ter­twined with its ex­pan­sive ge­og­ra­phy,” says Con­nie Wy­att An­der­son, GNBC chair. “I see nam­ing places af­ter con­flflflicts con­flicts and war heroes as an ex­ten­sion of our na­tional re­la­tion­ship with re­mem­brance and our con­nec­tion to phys­i­cal place.” Ge­o­graph­i­cal re­mem­brance means the land it­self hon­ours Canada’s fallen — whether it’s Alexan­der Shoal off British Columbia’s coast or Grav­ell Point, Nu­navut — even when those in­di­vid­u­als have faded from liv­ing mem­ory. “Cana­dian acts of re­mem­brance are quiet and serene,” says Wy­att An­der­son. “Com­mem­o­rat­ing Cana­dian war dead by nam­ing places af­ter them fol­lows a sim­i­lar tenor. It’s solemn and un­der­foot, and beck­ons per­sonal re­flec­tion.”

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