Celebrating in the Park (courtesy Chilliwack Museum and Archives)
Canada Day is upon us once again – and an opportunity to celebrate Canada’s 147th birthday right here in Chilliwack. Starting with a pancake breakfast (8 to 11 am), the day long family festivities take place within walking distance of downtown Chilliwack at Evergreen Hall, The Landing Leisure Centre and Townsend Park. A bouncy castle and face painting are also offered to occupy younger family members. The fun continues with free skating at Prospera Centre from 11 to 2 and free swimming from 2 to 5 at the Landing Leisure Centre. The family focused fun culminates in the evening with free live musical entertainment followed by fireworks at 10 pm.
Dominion Day (as it was referred to from the year after Confederation in 1867 until the yearly celebration became Canada Day in 1982) was declared a statutory holiday in 1879 to mark the anniversary of Confederation.
Photo Courtesy Chilliwack Museum and Archives
To mark the 100th birthday of Confederation, Parliament Hill in Ottawa became the site where high-profile festivities are held complete with live entertainment and where new Canadians are sworn in.
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Construction of the Parliament Buildings in Ottawa was underway on the 50th anniversary of Canada’s Confederation in July 1917. The iconic buildings were dedicated to the Fathers of Confederation and the Canadians who fought in the First World War.
Canada Day Fun Facts
• Color television was first introduced in Canada on Dominion Day, 1967.
• To celebrate Canada’s Centennial in 1967, crazy residents of Nanaimo, B.C., transformed bathtubs into motorboats and raced 58 kilometres across the Georgia Strait to Vancouver. The bathtub races are still held annually!
For more information on Canada Day celebration in Chilliwack, visit the Chilliwack Arts Council website: https://chilliwackartscouncil.com/events/canada-day-celebrations/
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Photo courtesy Chilliwack Museum and Archives