Netherlands Centennial Carillon

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Coordinates: 48°25′14″N 123°22′07″W / 48.42043°N 123.36848°W / 48.42043; -123.36848

Netherlands Centennial Carillon, Victoria.

The Netherlands Centennial Carillon is a 62-bell carillon located in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Its tower is located at the intersection of Government Street and Belleville Street, in front of the Royal British Columbia Museum and across the street from the Parliament Building.

It was given by the Dutch community of British Columbia in thanks for Canada's role in the liberation of the Netherlands during World War II. Queen Juliana of the Netherlands unveiled its cornerstone in 1967, Canada's centennial year. The carillon officially opened in May 1968.[1] [2]

Its first 49 bells were cast at the Royal Bell Foundry by Petit & Fritsen at Aarle-Rixtel, in the Netherlands. Another thirteen were added in 1971.[3]


  1. ^ Netherlands Centennial Carillon --History retrieved August 26, 2007 Archived October 8, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Netherlands Centennial Carillon". Royal BC Museum. Archived from the original on 2010-12-23. Retrieved 2008-04-16.
  3. ^ Humphreys, Dana, "Why the Bells Tolls", Focus Victoria's Magazine of People, Ideas and Culture, August 2007, page 56