New Brunswickers Celebrating Dominion Day in Vancouver, 1912

1912 had been a year for many new beginnings, and one major disaster, but the first week of July was also a sad one in Canada. Local news centred on the aftermath of the Regina Cyclone, June 30th, in which 28 people died, and in Vancouver, on the drowning of 2 people in First Narrows.

But in 1912, as in the years since 1871 when BC decided to join Canada (July 20, 1871), British Columbians celebrated Dominion Day July 1st.  Here is a glimpse from the past of how some spent their day.

Second Beach, Vancouver, BC, Canada, c. 1917. Photographer Stuart Thomson.Second Beach,  c. 1917, photographer Stuart Thomson. Courtesy the City of Vancouver Archives, CVA 99-213.

New Brunswickers Picnicked at Park

Natives of Eastern Province and Their Friends Enjoyed Dominion Day Outing {Vancouver, 1 July 1912].

Natives of New Brunswick and their friends, to the number of several hundred picnicked at Second beach, Stanley Park, yesterday afternoon. A programme of sports was carried out in the afternoon, and the day wound up with an enjoyable repast under the big trees flanking the beach. The youngsters romped the sands and took part in the sports in which they were joined by big brothers and sisters and fathers and mothers.

Towards the close of the day a number of speeches were given by representative New Brunswickers, and a committee appointed for the purpose of electing officers rendered its report. The officers selected were: Mr. W.D. Everett, president; Mr. John Burpee, first vice-president; Mr. James Pelkie, second vice-president; Dr. D. J. Bell, third vice-president; Mr. Harry D. Hipwell, secretary; Mr. W.M. Raymond, treasurer; executive committee, Messrs. Clinton Gray, Charles Olts, J. B. Appleby, Gideon Phillips and Fred Williams.

A[t] 9 o’clock last night officers of the association held a meeting at the office of Dr. Bell, and it was decided that the organization should be known as the New Brunswick Association of British Columbia. A resolution expressive of sympathy for Mrs. Fred Hale, who recently suffered the loss of her husband, one of the prominent public men of New Brunswick, was passed and ordered forwarded to the bereaved lady.

Daily Province, Vancouver, BC, Tuesday 2 July 1912, page 21.