Leaving your homeland You journeyed
Bravely crossing the ocean Looking for a better life You came
To a land of bush and harsh climate
To back-breaking work of clearing the land and settling On ten-dollar homesteads.
Every task to be done by hand
With saw and axe you carved a place in the wilderness Hewing trees, extracting roots, picking rocks While scorching sun beat down Mosquitoes and black flies swarmed Muscles ached, joints protested
Husband and wife together working side by side Grateful for so much land
For a country that offered a new life and opportunity For freedom to worship God and build a home.
You became self-sufficient and prosperous Proud of this Canada, spacious, glorious and free
A country enriched by these hardy souls who made Canada their own Today their legacy remains
In the names of towns, cities and landmarks In the prosperity of this nation
In the descendants who proudly remember Canada’s past and the role of the pioneer.