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The analemmatic sundial presented on this page is located in the Lucy Maude Montgomery Garden in Norval, Ontario. The dial is located at latitude 4339' N and longitude 7952' W and was constructed in 1997. 

Dr. Paul Lapp acted as an adviser for this project.

These photographs and information were provided by Dr. Paul Lapp.


Norval Sundial

The photograph above shows the analemmatic sundial. It is 20 feet wide with the hours indicated by markers set into the ellipse.  The dial is set to read daylight saving time. The central part of the sundial, the date scale, is marked off in the 12 months of the year. A visitor stands at the appropriate location on the date scale and your shadow will give the time.

Dr. Lapp wrote: 

"While I advised, most of the ideas came from the local community. For example - the wall -. There are Roman numerals on the top for Sun Time and Arabic at the bottom for Standard Time. A local engineer reworked my calculations and laid out the numbers using chords rather than angles or X, Y distances which I thought was very clever. The Garden Club of Norval raised the money and with volunteers contributed most of the materials and labour.

As you can see, it is a memorial to war veterans and was inspired and supported by Joan Browne Carter who also wrote a history of Norval.

Lucy Maude Montgomery wrote 5 of her Anne of Green Gables books while living in Norval."


Date Scale The sundial is constructed from Credit Valley Sandstone with brass numerals.

DEDICATED IN THE YEAR
of the
HALE-BOPP COMET
1977


UNITED IN TIME
PARTED IN TIME
TO BE REUNITED
WHEN TIME SHALL BE NO MORE

IN HONOUR OF NORVAL'S MEN & WOMEN
WHO SERVED CANADA
IN TIMES OF WAR

LEST WE FORGET

SUNDIAL GARDEN DEDICATED JUNE 22, 1997
INSPIRED & SUPPORTED BY JOAN BROWNE CARTER
BUILT BY THE PEOPLE OF NORVAL

The Plaque


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