Canadians Celebrated Our Sesquicentennial July 1st 2017. Canada 150
Celebrating Canadian Confederation 1867
Under the federal Holidays Act, Canada Day is observed on July 1 unless that date falls on a Sunday, in which case July 2 is the statutory holiday, although celebratory events always take place on July 1st. If Canada Day falls on a Saturday, the following Monday is generally also a day off for those businesses ordinarily closed on Saturdays.
On July 1, 1867. Canada became a kingdom in its own right but the British Parliament kept limited rights of political control over the new country that were shed by stages over the years until the last vestiges were surrendered in 1982 when the Constitution Act patriated the Canadian constitution.
Some traditional prizes (may vary from year to year)
Outstanding Float or Vehicle $100;
Best Decorated Commercial Float $100;
Best Decorated Non-Commercial Floats $100, $50, $50;
Best Organization/Club Float $100, $50, $50.
Equestrian Section: Best Horse Team $50, Best Horse & Rider $30.
Adult Costume: Grand Prize for Best Clown-June Butler Award $50;
Best Adult Costume $50, $30.
Children Section; Best Costume $10, $5;
Best Child & Pet $10, $5.
A Toonie for every specially costumed child entrant.
There is no registration form to fill out or parade entry fee to pay just show up on St. George Street north for parade judging by 12:30 P.M.
Other prizes include best decorated home and best decorated business.
Food & EntertainmentSilver Lake Park 320 St. Patrick Street - 5:00 P.M.
Giant Fireworks Display
10:00 P.M. - Lions Silver Lake Park
Canada Day is funfilled day, starting in the morning with the Port Dover Kinsmen's
Soap Box Derby
at 9:00 A.M. Click for
Registration form and Rules.
See some pictures below. The Parade of Boats is at 11:00 A.M.
at the pier. Crowds line the Pier to get a glimpse of the patriotically decorated boats.
Powell Park on Main Street hosts the Dog Show at 11:15 A.M.
The longest running annual Callithumpian Parade in Canada, going back to 1867,
is one of the highlights of the day, drawing crowds from near and far,
starts at 2:00 P.M. but crowds stake out their
viewing spots along the route from early morning on.
The images below show some of the spectacular floats and the beautifully
decorated homes. The streets are lined several deep with celebrants enjoying
the music, the floats and the clowns; many proudly displaying Canada Day
costumes. Wonderful to see children, parents and the elderly smiling and
waving at the procession showing their appreciation.
Canada Day Celebrations have been hosted by The Lions of Port Dover for many years.
You will see Lions all around town with the day's programming notes, selling the
Canada Day Buttons
for a nominal fee. Button sales help pay for the bands
and entertainment, so popular with all comers. All visitors are welcome to
join us at
Lions Silver Lake Park.
Starting in the early afternoon, following the parade,
Food vendors provide
a variety of mouth watering delights along with refreshments,
kicking into high gear about 5:00 P.M..
The evenings entertainment is well worth attending.
All we ask is that you support
Canada Day Celebrations by purchasing a
Canada Day Button.
In 2017 Canada celebrated its Sesquicentennial and Lions International celebrated their
The 2010 theme Port Dover where Family and Friends Meet.
Great headliners have included such notables as, the fantastic
Tia McGraff who was our headliner again in 2009
and the ever popular, wonderful sounds of bygone days by,
Freddy Vette and the Flames.
Of course Canada Day would
not be complete without huge Fireworks about 10:00 P.M.
Please join us and have a great time.
The Canadian Sesquicentennial shall be a year long celebration held in 2017 when Canada celebrates the 150th anniversary of the Canadian Confederation.
Planning for this magnificent celebration was a years long project in all communities.
Across the country Canadians proudly celebrated the Sesquicentennial.
Hope you got involved and contributed to make this celebration memorable.
Canada - Click map for larger image. See
National, Provincial and Territorial capitals below.
Various versions of O Canada over the years
The original French version of O Canada has not changed since it was written in 1880, however there have been several English version, most especially in the early 1900's.
This is an interesting history of the evolution of our National Anthem.
Kids 8-14 enjoy these races down the hill on Chapman Street below Main Street.
Kids of all ages participate in creating these speed demons, that will be forever
remembered by their eager, enthusiastic drivers.
Races sponsored and managed by the Port Dover Kinsmen.
Click here for
Application form and rules. Adobe Reader required to view/print Application form.
Cardboard Boat Races
The waterfront is always a fun place to visit in Port Dover, Canada Day is no exception.
The cardbord boat races are enjoyed by spectators and participants alike.
Some make it around the course in good time while others sink before they even get
started. Just getting into these creations is challanging enough at times.
included are water safety demonstrations and activities for the benefit of all.
- The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms
The British Parliament formally enacted the Charter as a part of the Canada Act 1982 at the request of the Parliament of Canada in 1982, the result of the efforts of the Government of Prime Minister
Pierre Elliott Trudeau
With the adoption of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, 1982, Canadian constitutional law has emerged as an important model on the world stage. The Charter exemplifies a distinctive relationship between the individual, the group and the state that reflects the post war diversity of Canada and its commitment to multiculturalism, pluralism and equal citizenship. The Charter has directly influenced the development of rights protection in other countries, including South Africa, Israel and New Zealand.
The Supreme Court of Canada's rulings in cutting edge issues are frequently cited in courts of constitutional jurisdiction around the world.
Many members of the faculty are involved in comparative constitutional law projects and research groups with their counterparts in other countries. The Charter has become one of Canada's most important exports!