Friday, September 16, 2011

Broadway and Donald - Centennial Fountain

'Shoal Lake Anniversary' Fountain

Centennial Fountain (a.k.a. Sudsy Fountain)

Address: Broadway at Donald Street (Map)
Opened: October 22, 1970
Architect: Smith Carter Parkin
Cost: $25,000

Opening Ceremony (Tribune archives)

This fountain at Broadway and Donald Street was opened by Lieutenant Governor John McKeag on October 22, 1970. It commemorates the centennial of Manitoba and the 50th anniversary of the first water supplied to Winnipeg via the Shoal Lake Aqueduct. The latter was an afterthought as Metro had been looking for a location to build its own fountain to commemorate the occasion which actually took place in 1919.

'Shoal Lake Anniversary' Fountain
Fountain with Centennial House in the background

The fountain cost $25,000 (or $35,000, I have seen both amounts quoted) was shared between Metro Winnipeg (40%) and MEPC Canadian Properties Limited (60%). The MEPC Group was a national real estate development and management company that had a number of holdings in Winnipeg including
Centennial House / Chateau 100 development which opened a couple of months before this.

'Shoal Lake Anniversary' Fountain

The nickname, (my nickname for it ,anyway) is 'sudsy fountain' as it routinely has laundry detergent added to it by person(s) unknown causing it to bubble up and onto the street !

Related:The Building of the Aqueduct Manitoba Historical Society


  1. Slight proofing error -- in the first paragraph the opening date is given as Oct. 22, 2011.

  2. Ha. Just noticed this comment now ! Change made !