Curious what Canada Day looked like in the 19th Century?
Visit the Historic Stewart Farm June 30th for Dominion Day to find out!
The first Dominion Day was celebrated in 1879, when it was decided that we should officially recognise the significance of July 1st, which marks the confederation of Canada as a semi-independent dominion of Britain in 1867. Later on, in 1982, the name was changed to what we celebrate now as Canada Day! If you want to get a feel for the original Canada Day, the Historic Stewart Farm has tons of events and activities to take you back to the good ol’ days.
So why not party like it’s 1894? Don’t miss the Calithumpian parade, also known as a noise-making parade, a loud celebration where, you guessed it, everyone makes as much noise as possible! Or try your hand at classic lawn and carnival games like ring toss and tip the bottle.
To really help you travel back in time, The Re-enactors will be making a special appearance with period costumes and characters based on real historical figures. Enjoy these award-winning performances with songs and stories of Surrey’s past. If your inner historian is still not satisfied you can also tour the 1894 farmhouse with the insightful knowledge of costumed guides.
If you need a break from all the action, you’re in luck! The spacious farm is the perfect spot for a picnic so bring your blankets and favourite Canadian snacks and spread out. Or visit the food truck that will be on site to refuel, and quench your thirst with some complimentary lemonade.
The celebration runs from 11 am to 3 pm June 30th at 13723 Crescent Road. With live performances, crafts, and plenty of photo-ops, the Historic Stewart Farm’s Dominion Day is sure to be fun for the whole family.