100 YEARS OF SPORTS IN ALBERTA
100 YEARS OF SPORTS IN ALBERTA*
By David Mills
On 1 September 1905, the creation of the Province of Alberta was heralded in Edmonton with much pomp and military pageantry by a ceremony, attended by the Governor General, Earl Grey, the Prime Minister, Sir Wilfrid Laurier and the new Lieutenant Governor, G.H.V. Bulyea. Thousands of people watched a festive parade, featuring native groups of Cree and Stoney; Franco-Albertans; veterans of the Boer War; early pioneers, or “Old-Timers”; and floats representing the business community. The holiday spirit in Edmonton was not dampened by a storm that dumped three inches of snow on the capital city, but a number of sporting events that had been scheduled to celebrate Alberta’s birthday had to be cancelled.