Dominion Day Celebrations
Happy 150th Birthday Canada!
Saturday, July 1st, 2017
11:00am – 11:00pm
Cake, games, fireworks + music and dancing at the House Hotel Saloon
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 cost of admission.
Outside the Visitors’ Reception Centre
12:00pm – 12:15pm
Begins in front of St. Saviour’s Church
12:00pm – 3:00pm
The Spirit of Cariboo Cameron
A powerful and moving tale of lost love and fabulous fortune.
12:25pm – 3:45pm
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
7:00pm – 11:00pm
House Hotel Saloon
With special musical guests The Milburn Mountain Band
Just after dark
Shamrock Mine (between the two parking lots)