Inaugural Arch, c. 1905
Saskatchewan became a province on September 1, 1905. The party to celebrate Saskatchewan’s new status did not occur until September 4, 1905, however.
Regina, the temporary capital of the new province, was spruced up for the occasion. A new province deserved to have a celebration that people would remember for years to come.
A band played in Victoria Park. A church ceremony was held at the bandstand in Victoria Park to honour the solemnity of the occasion. The North West Mounted Police held an inspection of the troops and put on a display of the Musical Ride. There were numerous parades and speeches to honour the newly formed province. In attendance at the celebrations were Prime Minister Sir Wilfrid Laurier and Governor General Earl Grey and their wives. A grand inaugural ball was held to cap off the occasion.
Regina’s streets were decorated in honour of the inauguration. The centrepieces of the decorations were massive arches of wheat. These stood on South Railway Avenue, which is now Saskatchewan Drive. South Railway was then the business and commerce hub of the city – and it was close to the railway that brought in the dignitaries. This photograph shows the arches that were created to honour the newly formed province of Saskatchewan.