Happy 150th Birthday Canada!

Dominion Day Celebrations

Saturday, July 1st, 2017

11:00am – 11:00pm

2017 Special Guest Performance by Mark Donnelly!

Cake, games, fireworks + music and dancing at the House Hotel Saloon

Mark Donnelly as Dominion Day Special Guest!

We are very excited to announce that “Mr. O Canada” himself, the Canucks’ own, Mark Donnelly, will be joining us to help celebrate Canada’s birthday!

Mark will sing the National Anthem twice in Barkerville for the event, with one anthem being sung from the Barkerville Hotel down Barkerville’s main street and one from the top of the Canadian Claim and down the Barkerville valley! 

Mark and his daughter Colleen will also perform two concerts – details below. Pre-sale tickets are available to purchase online here.

Read more about Mark and his daughter Colleen here: Mark & Colleen Donnelly VocalArt.ca

Colleen & Mark Donnelly: The Highwayman and Other Fine Gentlemen
10:30am  (Theatre Royal)

Solos and duets sung by the Canucks Mr. O Canada and his daughter, Colleen. Featuring Mark’s setting of Alfred Noyes classic poem of love and death, The Highwayman. The Donnellys are joined by Eldon McBride on piano.

Colleen & Mark Donnelly: Duetto a Capella
5:30pm (St. Saviour’s Church)

Mr. O Canada and his daughter, Colleen, sing a potpourri of unaccompanied duets from the middle ages to Canadian folk songs.

Did you know?

 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.


Schedule of Events


Included in your admission unless otherwise noted*

Concert by Mark & Colleen Donnelly
Theatre Royal

Birthday Cake
Outside the Visitors’ Reception Centre

12:00pm – 12:15pm
Street Parade
Begins in front of St. Saviour’s Church

12:00pm – 3:00pm
The Spirit of Cariboo Cameron
Methodist Church

A powerful and moving tale of lost love and fabulous fortune.

12:25pm – 3:45pm
The Clearing

Broad Jump, Nail Driving, Funny Face Contest, Candy Toss, Cracker Eating Whistle Races, Egg and Spoon Race, Hammer Toss, Egg Toss, Greasy Pole Climb and Tug O’ War

National Anthem Sung by Mark Donnelly
Barkerville Hotel

Traditional Anvil Salute
Canadian Claim Viewpoint

National Anthem Sung by Mark Donnelly
Canadian Claim Viewpoint

Concert by Mark & Colleen Donnelly
St. Saviour’s Church

7:00pm – 11:00pm
House Hotel Saloon

With special musical guests The Milburn Mountain Band

Just after dark
(around 10:00pm)

Shamrock Mine (between the two parking lots)


Note: events and times are subject to change.

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