New Plaza Complete in Triangle Green

Anchored by Illarion Gallant’s iconic public art piece, Commerce Canoe, the new Triangle Green plaza near the Johnson Street Bridge is now open for public use and features new trees, seating, lighting, landscaping and improved pedestrian and multi-use access.

Previously home in Bastion Square, Commerce Canoe’s scale, material and theme made it the perfect fit for Triangle Green’s harbourfront location.

“The new plaza provides a vibrant gateway to downtown that celebrates public art and welcomes everyone entering the urban core with new plantings and bright colour,” said Mayor Lisa Helps. “The new green space complements other recent improvements near the waterfront and provides a cheerful space for pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles in this bustling location.”

The new black tupelo trees planted in the plaza were donated by the Royal Commonwealth Society Vancouver Island Branch to mark the Common Centennial Celebration.

“Our ongoing Trees for Life campaign is a natural fit to celebrate our centennial with the City of Victoria and Triangle Green,” said David Spence, President of the Royal Commonwealth Society Vancouver Island Branch. “Black tupelo trees grow in this beautiful garden and can lead the way across divides by building bridges with democracy, diplomacy, and diversity.”

“The trees contribute to Victoria’s urban forest and will add brilliant colour to this highly visible location each fall,” said Councillor Geoff Young, Neighbourhood Liaison for downtown Victoria.

The City of Victoria was recently recognized with a Tree Cities of the World award from the Arbor Day Foundation and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, which recognizes cities and towns committed to ensuring their urban forests and trees are properly maintained and sustainably managed.

The City increased tree planting by 40 per cent in 2020 and planted 500 new trees in parks and on boulevards. As we head into spring, residents are also encouraged to plant trees on private property and there are helpful resources on the City’s website to help with selection, planting and care at victoria.ca/treesincities.