On July 1, Canadians everywhere celebrate Canada Day, but at Fort Edmonton Park, it’s Dominion Day for all the staff and visitors to the historic park.
Dominion Day is the original name for Canada Day — the celebration of Canada’s founding only became known as Canada Day in 1982.
In keeping with the early 1900s atmosphere, the Fort still celebrates Dominion Day, complete with singings of God Save the Queen and giant cakes.
The festivities featured the the unveiling of Fort Edmonton’s newest streetcar, No. 33. The car made its first public run today, ferrying passengers across the park to the delight of the restoration crew.
“There’s still a few bugs to work out,” says Michael Jansen of the Edmonton Radial Railway Society, who helped work on the streetcar. “It just made my day. I can’t ask for anything more.”