Oh, Dominion Day!

Just like it’s neighbor to the South, Canada has it’s own summer celebration to be proud of: Canada Day.

When I was a kid growing up in rural Saskatchewan, the day was referred to as “Dominion Day.”  Renamed “Canada Day” in early 1980’s, the end result was the same:  a patriotic day of red and white, parades, floats, cook-outs, ball tournaments, pies, visiting and beer tents.  Did I mention the pies?

Landing the first day of July, it was a day that Dad came in from cutting hay in time to wash up and head to town with the rest of us. He and other farmers enjoyed the cool air of the Hockey Rink in summer, a fan set strategically near the side door; we all enjoyed the smell of roasted chickens, burgers with onions and pie. Did I mention the pies?

Sometimes we’d get there in time to see the parade and sometimes we’d stay for the fireworks but we always fit in the visiting, the playing, the eating and the pie.  Did I mention the pies?

one end of the pie table.

one end of the pie table.

Sometimes we kids might spend the entire day at the lake.  You know those kind of days — the kind that leave your shoulders crisp and your heart full.  Those were the kind of days that were  usually far too hot for sleeping so we’d stay up and play freeze tag under the glow of the Northern Lights.

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Mom tells of her and her sisters wearing matching red and white dresses and all of them taking the train to see King George VI.  I think this happened on Dominion Day, although I’m not sure.  King George IV and Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon (later known as the Queen Mum) had two daughters, the first being Elizabeth, our now longest reigning Monarch.  Every Royal who visits Canada seems to visit on  Canada Day. And why not? Talk about a festive backdrop!

William and Kate at Canada Day, 2011 (

William and Kate at Canada Day, 2011 (

I don’t live in Canada now and it’s been a few years since I’ve been home to take part in the festivities so today, I’ll look wistfully to the North, hum “Oh Canada”  and quite possibly find myself some pie.

Happy Canada Day!

Oh Canada!

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  1. Happy Canada Day, my friend. That is a lot of pie!

    I’ve been learning to bake again in the Andean highlands of Ecuador. The elevation changes things, so I’ve baked a couple of pies in the process, since there is no baking soda-powder used and the elevation has less effect.

    Hope you enjoy the holiday–and 4th of July, as well.


    • There are some fantastic pie-bakers in my hometown, Kathy 🙂 Happy baking to you! Somehow I just know you will have it mastered in no time 🙂

      July 4th is almost here, my favorite (American) holiday! Cheers

  2. I’ve got the flag hanging here in Denver in honor of my John…..Canadian, he is :-). Enjoy!

  3. Oh dear…now I’m hungry for pie! and parties! and fireworks! Fortunately we will have that later this week. (Did I say pie?)

    • Hee hee. I didn’t get any pie yesterday but the 100 year old orchard near my house has cherries ready for pickin’. I’m going to eat some fresh cherries and bake some type of pie this weekend, not sure what. Yay!

  4. Happy Canada day! Hopefully you can enjoy some pie while you think of all those wonderful memories! 🙂

    • Thank you! I love that it’s right up against my favorite American holiday, too, the 4th 🙂 Whee!! (( no pie yesterday but it’s on the menu for this weekend, even if I have to make it myself! ))

  5. How interesting! I’m sure your heart will be full of memories today, MJ!

    • It was all day! I went out for supper with a girlfriend; sadly the place we went doesn’t offer pie. We did sit out on the patio and enjoy a warm summer breeze though 🙂 Pie this weekend!

  6. What wonderful memories! And to be able to see the northern lights, call me envious. I’ve only gotten to see them when I was working on a ship around the arctic circle, many years ago now. So amazing. So, happy Canada Day to you, and hang on just a few more days for some celebrating, American style.

    • Oh those Northern Lights must have been even more spectacular being that far north! As a kid I took them for granted, not realizing that everyone doesn’t have that treat in the sky just above them 🙂

      Happy 4th — whoop whoop!

  7. Magie Nickelsen

    Happy Canada Day, Marilyn! Having come from a small farming community, I remember wonderful long sunny days with all the townspeople at July 4th barbecues… but with us it was how much corn on the cob we could eat! Thanks for the memorie-share.

    Maggie Nickelsen

    • Thank you Maggie 🙂 Those long summer days of old, those were the best weren’t they? Yes, gotta love corn on the cob, Hubbs just asked for some yesterday. Corn and BBQ and Pie are on the menu for the 4th – whee!


  8. Happy Canada Day. And please save me some pie.

  9. We’re enjoying Key Lime Pie at the lake and will enjoy anniversary cake tomorrow! Happy Canada Day and 4th of July week!

    • Nice! and thank you for the kind wishes; same to you! I know you are loving that time with your grandson 🙂 MJ

  10. It all sounds so wonderful, especially your childhood memories! But I’m left to wonder… was there pie? 😉

    • It was pretty wonderful; there was always pie to be had there. I’m making some pie this weekend, it’s Cherry Season now! MJ

  11. I think Canada is more patriotic than it has been for a long time. For a while there I think we lost a bit of it. In fact I had a conversation once (many years ago) with my Grandfather who served in WWII about the lack of patriotism from my generation. I think we felt embarrassed to wave the flag like crazy as misguided as that sounds. Happy belated Canada Day!

    • I only remember small bursts of patriotism as a child growing up in Canada. It just wasn’t done. Even when my sister visits me here in Michigan, she comments on all the flags, and the first time she did it was long before 9/11. Americans are just more comfortable waving that flag, in my experience anyways 🙂


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