The family came to Canada in 1905.
The Hay family homesteaded in the Hathersage School District just north of Rochfort Bridge. Bert Hay was a well-known resident of Edmonton where he operated a Taxi service for many years from the Corona Hotel.
In 1947, he opened a popular twenty-four hour restaurant on Whyte Avenue called 'Bert's Lunch'. Eleven years later he owned and operated 'Bert's Variety Book Store' at several locations throughout Edmonton.
Gifted with a wonderful sense of humour, he loved to share stories with family, friends, and customers. He loved trains, travel cars, and model railroading.