MP-0000.25.133 | Procession in honour of the coronation of George V, Winnipeg, MB, 1910
Procession in honour of the coronation of George V, Winnipeg, MB, 1910
Anonyme - Anonymous
1910, 20th century
Silver salts on glass - Gelatin dry plate process
8 x 8 cm
Gift of Mr. Stanley G. Triggs
© McCord Museum
Keywords: Architecture (8646) , building (531) , Photograph (77678)
Keys to History
The enthusiasm with which families and the general population took up the growing array of leisure activities in Canadian cities prompted concern in many quarters, particularly among church leaders. Since most people had only one day off work - Sunday - they wanted to be able to use that day for leisure, for relaxation. But the churches, in particular, Protestant churches, opposed this practice. They viewed Sunday solely as a day of worship and well-deserved rest. Protestant churches and religious groups fought hard and managed, until the First World War, to limit people from taking part in leisure activities on Sundays.
Celebrations in honour of the British royal family gave rise to many popular public celebrations in many Canadian cities, particularly those with predominantly English-speaking populations.
The whole city of Winnipeg was decked out in honour of the coronation of George V, as this photograph shows.
In principle, this kind of event could not have taken place on a Sunday, the official day of rest. The federal government passed the Sunday Observance Act in 1907.
As the writing on the arch indicates, homage was also being paid to Canada, which welcomed hundreds of thousands of immigrants in the early 20th century, especially to western Canada.