Canada Day – or, Dominion Day – has a long and storied history. Originally, it celebrated the uniting the colonies of Canada, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick into a single Dominion within the British Empire. This new territory was now called Canada through the British North America Act, proclaimed on July 1, 1867. Later, in 1982, the holiday was renamed Canada Day. Over the years, it has become a day for celebrating Canada and spending time with friends and family.
Rutherford House will be celebrating the day with hospitality, relaxation, and fun!
Bring your lunch, or simply join us for iced tea and cookies. We’ll lay out blankets for you to rest on, and you can test your croquet skills (did you know that croquet was an Olympic sport at the 1900 Olympics?) against our interpreters or each other.
Enjoy the gardens and the many beautiful flowers, including some of Mrs. Rutherford’s favourites such as peonies.
If you need to get out of the sun (or rain), you can explore the Rutherfords’ beautiful, stately mansion. Join us for a rousing rendition of God Save the King, or take in our stereoscope collection. Wander upstairs and learn about Cecil and Hazel, the Rutherfords’ children, or the maid.
You can also browse the Gift Shop at Rutherford House with its array of unique merchandise including specialty tea, old-fashioned candy and toys, kitchenware and unique gifts for all ages.
Rutherford House is a post-Edwardian mansion built in 1911 by Alexander Cameron Rutherford, Alberta’s first premier, and his family. For many years, the home welcomed the political and social elite of Alberta; this elegant house and its gorgeous grounds hosted many magnificent social occasions, and continues to be a place for people to gather and share.
Today, Rutherford House is a designated historic resource operated as a museum by the province. Rutherford House is one of 20 provincially owned historic sites and museums in Alberta. You can stay connected with them on Facebook all year long for information about upcoming events and activities.
When: Saturday, July 1st from noon to 4 p.m. (the site is open until 5 p.m.)
Where: Rutherford House, 11153 Saskatchewan Drive (University of Alberta campus)
Admission: to the museum and grounds is $7 for adults, $20 for a family, $6 for seniors and $5 for youth aged 7-17 and University of Alberta students. Children six and under are free.
Need more info? Visit the website or call 780-427-3995 (dial 310-000 for toll free access within Alberta)