UELAC Annual Observances and Events
Provincial Loyalist Days and Annual Observances
May 18 – United Empire Loyalist Day in New Brunswick
- Observances: The New Brunswick Branch UELAC, with the assistance of the City of Saint John, annually commemorates the arrival of the United Empire Loyalists with ceremony at the Loyalist Rock in Loyalist Plaza and City Hall.
June 19 – United Empire Loyalist Day in Ontario
- Significance (PDF)
- Observances: Since 1998, United Empire Loyalist Day is observed locally with raising of the Loyalist flag and ceremony as organized by the Ontario Branches either on the date or on the closest weekend. The Toronto and Gov. Simcoe Branches UELAC jointly commemorate the arrival of the United Empire Loyalists with ceremony at Queen's Park on June 19th. At the same time, Hamilton Branch UELAC holds its “Service of Honour and Remembrance” at the United Empire Loyalist Monument in Prince's Square, Hamilton. Other events held across the province are reported in Branch newsletters.
June 19 – United Empire Loyalist Day in Saskatchewan
- Observances: In 2000, the Regina Branch UELAC applied to the Provincial Government to have June 19th designated as United Empire Loyalist Day in Saskatchewan. Success was secured with the passing of a Private Member's bill. Each year since, the Branch has requested and received the same designation for June 19 from the Provincial Government. The huge Loyalist flag flies proudly from the Premier's balcony each year on that day.
The Saskatchewan Branch UELAC also conducts a ceremony at the Loyalist Cairn located to the northeast of the Legislative Buildings, along the shore of Wascana Lake.
The City of Regina declares the week as “Loyalist Week in Regina” as well.
June 19 – United Empire Loyalist Day in Edmonton, Alberta
- Observances: Since 2011, the Edmonton Branch UELAC has been successful with its applications to the City of Edmonton to have June 19 declared “United Empire Loyalist Day in Edmonton.” As part of the ceremony held at the United Empire Loyalist plaque on the grounds of the Alberta Legislature, the proclamation is read.
June 22 – The Annual UEL Service at Adolphustown
- This service is held each year at St. Alban's United Empire Loyalist Memorial Church, Adolphustown, at 2 p.m. on the Sunday closest to the landing date of the Adolphustown Loyalists, June 16th, 1784. Check the website to confirm date.
July 22 – United Empire Loyalist Day in British Columbia
- Observances: Since 2012, United Empire Loyalist Day has been observed by the Victoria, Vancouver, Chilliwack and Thompson-Okanagan Branches UELAC with suitable ceremony and celebration.
August – The Annual Service at Old Hay Bay Church
- Old Hay Bay Church is the oldest surviving Methodist building in Canada. It was erected in 1792 by settlers, including United Empire Loyalists, who had recently arrived and established the community of Adolphustown. An annual worship service is held in the church on the fourth Sunday afternoon every August.