In most parts of the new Dominion, it was a dazzling sunny day. The reverberation of a brass band could be heard in many towns.
In Toronto, children were given Union Jacks to wave and an ox was roasted in front of St. Lawrence Hall, with the meat then distributed to the poor.
In Ottawa, a military review on Parliament Hill fired a salute. The soldiers forgot to take the ramrods out of their rifles and the iron rods arched over Sparks Street.
But there are other views and the following was written by Drew Hayden Taylor and published in the Globe and Mail in 2012.