Welland Canal Memorial Monument
The Welland Canal Memorial monument was built to commemorate the hard working people from Canada and around the world who came to the Niagara Peninsula to build this waterway known as the Welland Canal. The monument will serve as a lasting tribute to the citizens of the community. It will remind us of the importance of multiculturalism to Welland's development in the past, present and future. Industries, business professionals, and citizens have prospered here in Welland and the Niagara Peninsula because of the efforts of the people who built the canal. Some lost their lives digging with picks and shovels, many left their families in their homelands who came to Canada in search of work.
None of this would have been possible without the renowned artist and sculptor, Bas Degroot who designed the fountain and bronze statues. Due to his untimely death, he was unable to see it come to fruition. This monument is his lasting legacy to the citizens of Welland and the surrounding area. Come visit the Canal Memorial Monument at Merritt Park.