It’s the 150th anniversary of the VERY FIRST Dominion Day party in HISTORY!
Dominion Day Celebrations
Sunday, July 1st, 2018
11:00am – 11:00pm
Cake, games, activities and more, plus music and dancing at the House Hotel Saloon!
Barkerville’s Dominion Day 2018
11:00 am Join us for a slice of Happy Birthday Canada cake at the Pavilion (Map #4b)
11:45 am Costumed Street Parade assembles at St. Saviour’s Anglican Church (#12)
12:00 noon Costumed Street Parade begins from St. Saviour’s Anglican Church (#12)
12:10 pm Costumed Street Parade concludes at the Clearing (#57)
12:15 pm Opening Ceremonies for Barkerville’s Dominion Day Games at the Clearing (#57)
With special guests Mrs. Reynard (St. Saviour’s Anglican Church) and Judge Begbie
12:20 pm Anvil Salute at the Clearing (#57)
Dominion Day Games times are approximate.
If you wish to participate, please be at the Clearing (#57) at least 15 minutes before each event.
12:30 pm Broad Jump: children of all ages are invited to participate
1:00 pm Ladies Nail Driving: women are invited to show their carpentry skills
1:30 pm Funny Face Contest: children, bring your funniest or scariest face!
1:45 pm Candy Toss: collect your stash of sweets for the winter
2:00 pm Cracker Eating Whistle Races: teams of children compete to be fastest on the creek
2:15 pm Ladies Egg and Spoon Races: a test of skill, dexterity and determination
2:30 pm 20 lb. Hammer Toss: to see who is the strongest on Williams Creek
3:00 pm Egg Toss: don’t end up with egg on your face
3:20 pm Greasy Pole Climb: For those of legal age
3:45 pm Tug O’ War: A show of strength for all
Special activities this year:
The Spirit of Cariboo Cameron will visit the Methodist Church (#7) today and will speak with guests at 12:00 noon and 3:00 pm! Don’t miss his powerfully moving tale of a fabulous fortune that came at a terrible cost…
From 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm Barkerville will host a complimentary dance, complete with costumed dance-partners, at the House Hotel (#39) with special musical guests, the Milburn Mountain Band!
PLEASE NOTE: the regularly scheduled 2:00 PM town tour will be cancelled today due to the Dominion Day Games.
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.