Maple leaf paraphernalia has arrived en mass across the country, supermarkets are preparing for a run on barbeque meats and potato salad, and for the second year in a row, the Royals have arrived! (Last year, Ottawa hosted the Queen Mum; this year, it’s the newlyweds, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge!) Canada Day is upon us proud canucks, and we are keen to celebrate!
It’s been 144 years since Confederation, when the British North America Act was enacted, uniting New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and the Province of Canada into what is now known as “Canada”. A lot has changed since 1867.
- Back then, July 1 was known as ‘Dominion Day’. In 1982, the name was officially changed to ‘Canada Day’.
- Back then, the population of Canada was 3.56 million. Today, it’s 34.5 million!
- Back then, there was only Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Ontario, and Quebec. Today, there’s six more Provinces, and three more Territories!
So tomorrow, when you’re standing around waiting for the parade to start, wearing your head-to-toe red and white clothing (face paint too, of course), remind yourself of all the reasons why you’re out there. After all, we’ve given the world an array of inventions, people, and products that have influenced entire generations, that we can all be proud of: Terry Fox, the telephone, popcorn, Winnie Pooh, zipper, basketball, the Blackberry, Drake, Lululemon, Neil Young, Celine Dion, Sandman Hotels (we have lots of international tourists!), poutine, five-pin bowling, Pictionary, Trivial Pursuit, Botox (you’re welcome Hollywood), Tommy Douglas (Universal Healthcare), donut holes, the Stanley Cup, ice hockey, Justin Bieber, Jim Carey, Alex Trebek, the prolific, subconscious use of the word “eh” – you get the idea.
Oh, and speaking of proud, did you know how ‘Canadian’ Sandman Hotel Group is? The company was founded by the son of a well-known politician from British Columbia, in 1967. Bob Gaglardi built Sandman Inns in British Columbia throughout the 70s, and went on to open the first Sandman Hotel in Alberta in Edmonton, in 1975. Since then, the company has remained 100% Canadian-owned, and expanded into Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, and Quebec. In fact, later this year, we’ll be opening our very first property in the UK! The Sandman Signature Newcastle is scheduled to open in the fall, taking our company full circle, back to where this country once came from. How very Canadian indeed! Check out our website to find out more about the company – how we’ve grown, and where we’re headed!
In the meantime, Happy Birthday Canada! Here’s to another year of greatness!