Do you know what you’re doing for Canada’s 150th? Historic Dunvegan provincial site (south of Fairview) is throwing a party and you’re invited!
This provincial historic site has a lot to celebrate this year. 150 years ago, the Dunvegan valley was a lively place. Fort Dunvegan was one of the busiest fur trading forts in the Athabasca region. The local Dunne-za and Cree peoples gathered in the valley to trade goods, meet with friends, and enjoy celebrations. Canoes full of people, furs, and trade goods raced up and down the mighty Peace River. Out of one of these canoes stepped Father Christophe Tissier, who founded the Saint Charles Catholic Mission at Dunvegan.
Meanwhile, an ocean away, Queen Victoria declared “a proclamation for uniting the provinces of Canada [Ontario and Quebec], Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick, into One Dominion, under the name of Canada.” In fifty short years, the Dominion of Canada would spread from coast to coast, enveloping Dunvegan in the process.
To celebrate our two anniversaries — the 150th anniversary of Canada’s confederation and the 150th anniversary of the founding of Saint Charles Mission —we’re throwing an event twice as big as we’ve ever thrown before.
Weekend Details: carnival games, horse cart rides, barbecues and more
The 150th Super Celebration Weekend will run Saturday July 1 from noon to 4 p.m. and Sunday July 2 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Historic Dunvegan Provincial Park.
On both days, our four fully restored historic buildings will be open to explore, with costumed interpreters there to tell stories and answer your questions.
There will be old-fashioned carnival games, horse cart rides, face painting, and more. Don’t forget to check out our live music by local musicians and the antics of Squeeker the Clown!
As if that’s not enough, come for the food! There will be a free community barbecue on both days from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Additionally, on each day there will be something special. On Saturday July 1, there will be a comedic act at the amphitheatre at 3 p.m. followed by some patriotic cake.
On Sunday July 2, there will be a special church service at 11 a.m. to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Saint Charles Mission, offered by Reverend Gerard Pettipas, Archbishop of Grouard-McLennan. This will be followed by three spectacular performances by the Grande Prairie Pipes and Drummers and other entertainments.
If this sounds like something you’d like to be a part of, come on over! Historic Dunvegan Provincial Park is 26km south of Fairview on Highway 2. Regular admission fees apply.