Happy Canada Day!
Today marks our sesquicentennial aka the 150th anniversary of Confederation.
I’m currently in Ottawa taking in the festivities. As such, here is a mini post dedicated 100 years ago today–Canada’s golden year.
Dominion Day / 50th Anniversary of Confederation (1917)
The 50th anniversary of Confederation was low-key. At the time the country was consumed by the devastating Great War and was being torn apart by the Conscription Crisis. According to the Ottawa Citizen, an official ceremony took place at noon on Monday, July 2 on Parliament Hill. Prime Minister Robert Borden, Opposition Leader Wilfrid Laurier, and Governor General Victor Cavendish each gave a speech in front of the under-construction Parliament Buildings. The Centre Block had burned down the year prior. After a choir sang O Canada, the Centre Block was officially dedicated to the Fathers of Confederation and those fighting in the Great War. The final part of the ceremony involved a parade of 7 military units, 250 veterans, Dominion police, city police, fire brigade, boy scouts, and girl guides.
While it annoys me to no end that I could not find any pictures of the ceremony in Ottawa, here are some photos of Canadians celebrating on July 1-2, 1917:
6th Brigade service for Dominion Day 1917.
Dominion Day service in France, 1917.
Dominion Day in Vancouver, 1917.
Dominion Day Parade in Niagara Falls, July 1, 1917
Dominion Day in Vancouver (1917)
Canadian soldiers celebrate Dominion Day in France (1917)
Nursing Sisters compete in an egg and spoon race.
Soldiers participate in a greasy pole pillow fight?!
Nursing Sisters complete in a race
Rugby for Dominion Day 1917.
Fun Fact: Dominion Day was renamed Canada Day in 1982.
Images courtesy of:
Library and Archives Canada + “Alice’s Album”
Vancouver Public Library
Niagara Falls Public Library