It’s the 151st anniversary of the VERY FIRST Dominion Day party in HISTORY!

Dominion Day Celebrations

Monday, July 1st, 2019
11:00am – 11:00pm

Cake, games, activities and more, plus music and dancing at the House Hotel Saloon!

 Dominion Day and the “New” Canadian Flag

Canada’s very first Dominion Day celebration was held in Barkerville as a fervent display of support for Canadian confederation three years before British Columbia joined in 1871.

Just past midnight on July 1, 1868, the Dominion of Canada’s first anniversary, Barkerville citizens launched their own version of a 21 gun salute. Cannons were in short supply, so black powder charges were detonated between stacked anvils, providing a loud and raucous start to Canada’s inaugural birthday party. A full slate of activities followed throughout the day and long into the evening, capped off with a fireworks display.

The very next year Cariboo’s “new” Canadian Flag, with its iconic beaver and wreath, was raised in the dead of night to the top of a newly constructed flagpole. The next day began with the now traditional anvil chorus and the ensuing celebrations were legendary.

Extensive historical research suggests that Barkerville began celebrating Dominion Day (Canada Day) eleven years before it was officially recognized.

In 2019, we celebrate much the same way, with a tug of war, funny face contest, greasy pole climb, egg toss, races and lots more.
Scotiabank sponsors a giant cake, and the House Hotel hosts an evening of entertainment, dancing and refreshments!

Schedule of Special Activities

11:00: Cake Cutting sponsored by Scotiabank
12:00: Parade begins
12:15: Opening Ceremonies and the Anvil Salute
12:30: Broad Jump Competition
13:00: Ladies’ Nail Driving
13:30: Funny Face Competition
13:45: Candy Toss
14:00: Cracker Eating Whistle Race
14:15: Ladies’ Egg and Spoon Race
14:30: Hammer Toss
15:00: Egg Toss
15:20: Greasy Pole Climb
15:45: Tug O’ War
19:00: Dancing and Music at the House Hotel

Schedule of Special Activities

11:00: Cake Cutting sponsored by Scotiabank
12:00: Parade begins
12:15: Opening Ceremonies and the Anvil Salute
 

Games

*Note: registration for each competition begins 15 minutes before scheduled start time
12:30: Broad Jump Competition
13:00: Ladies’ Nail Driving
13:30: Funny Face Competition
13:45: Candy Toss
14:00: Cracker Eating Whistle Race
14:15: Ladies’ Egg and Spoon Race
14:30: Hammer Toss
15:00: Egg Toss
15:20: Greasy Pole Climb
15:45: Tug O’ War
19:00: Dancing and Music at the House Hotel

Courtesy Shuttle

Sponsored by Barkerville Gold Mines and Barkerville Heritage Trust.

Dominion Day is one of Barkerville’s busiest days of the year. Please consider leaving your vehicle parked and taking our courtesy shuttle to avoid parking lot congestion.

Wells Shuttle

Departing every 30 minutes from the Barkerville Gold Mines overflow parking lot on Highway 26 (across from the Bear’s Paw Cafe)
First ride: 9:30 am 
Last regularly scheduled ride: 6:00 pm
After 6:00 pm, return shuttle available by request at the Barkerville Security Office until 8:15 pm.
 

Lowhee & Forest Rose Shuttle

Departing every 15 minutes from the Lowhee and Forest Rose campground kiosks
First ride: 8:30 am
Last regularly scheduled ride: 6:00 pm
After 6:00 pm, return shuttle available by request at the Barkerville Security Office until 8:15 pm.

Call 1-888-994-3332 ext. 29 or email barkerville@barkerville.ca for additional information.