Screen shot 2013-06-28 at 11.13.55 AM Canadians started celebrating Canada Day in 1982, the year the Canada Act was signed. But prior to that momentous event, July 1st was known as Dominion Day in our home and native land.

Canucks across the country would celebrate the anniversary of Canada’s formation as a Dominion under the British North America Act, on July 1st, 1867. The next year Canadians have always celebrated the anniversary with good food, good company, and fun activities.

Times haven’t changed all that much over the years; we 21st century folk celebrate Canada the same way our fore-fathers did over 100 years ago.

We have the pics to prove it. Check them out below!

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A large group assembled in front of the Colonial Hotel in New Westminster for British Columbia’s first Dominion Day celebration on July 1st, 1878. Photo: Vancouver Archives

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A Dominion Day parade moving east towards the corner of Hastings Street and Granville Street, Vancouver 1900. Photo: Vancouver Archives

English Bay Beach Vancouver’s English Bay Beach was a popular spot to celebrate Dominion Day, this pic was taken on July 1st, 1911. Photo: Vancouver Archives

Dominion Day Military Pageant

Riverdale Park was home to the Dominion Day Military pageant, this shot was taken on July 1st, 1952. Photo: Toronto Archives

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The massive crowd at Riverdale Park getting a glimpse of the Military pageant celebrations, April 1st, 1952. Photo: Toronto Archives

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This photo of three girls performing a Scottish highland dance at a Dominion Day celebration was taken somewhere in Ontario in 1960. Photo: Collections Canada

Dominion Day Sign

This pic marks the kick-off of the 1961 Dominion Day celebrations in Winnipeg. Photo: Collections Canada


Also from Winnipeg 1961, Mayor Stephen Juba is photographed cutting Canada’s massive birthday cake! Photo: Collections Canada

Happy Canada Day from BuzzBuzzHome!

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