Every day, the team here at Bradley’s Insurance likes to wake up and give thanks for a number of things: the air in our lungs, the roof over our heads, the food in our stomachs, and even the opportunity to help insure the greater Ottawa community with our comprehensive range of commercial and personal insurance services. Does that sound a little bit cheesy? Perhaps so, but those are also words coming straight from our hearts! It’s quite possible that we’re feeling extra patriotic here because there’s a certain special holiday on the horizon. Unless you’re one of our neighbors to the south reading this blog post, then you probably already know what we’re talking about: Canada Day!

Canada Day Is A Special Day For The Entire Country

Really, when you stop for a moment and think about it, it’s pretty neat that we have a major national holiday titled after our own country’s name. Sure, the United States has “Independence Day” (arguably more commonly known to the layman as the “Fourth of July”) around the same time as we celebrate Canada Day. But do our American counterparts celebrate a national holiday called “America Day” or “The United States Day?” No; not strictly speaking — at least, not in the same way that we have our very own Canada Day. Of course, we mean well to our American neighbors to the south!

Celebrating Canada Day Through Our Ottawa Homeowners Insurance Services

At this point, you may be wondering “What in the great white north does Canada Day have to do with the Ottawa house insurance services that Bradley’s Insurance is commonly known for?” Well, that’s a fair question. For one, we’re proud to reside in Stittsville, right near Canada’s wonderful capital city of Ottawa. That means that we’re pretty close to the action and the epicenter of Canada’s patriotism-fueled celebration.

Providing Canadians With A Valuable Service

Additionally, due to the fact that we connect the right Canadians with the right commercial and personal insurance policies (particularly in the way of home and auto insurance), we like to think that we’re providing our neighbors with a true service of value. Do you know what else provides a true service of value? Getting the following work day off! While Canada Day falls on Sunday, July 1st, keep the weekend festivities going and enjoy an extended break with Observed Canada Day on Monday, July 2nd. Who doesn’t enjoy a nice, long weekend?

Anyway, in today’s blog post, Bradley’s Insurance is going to cover a very timely blog topic: fun facts about Canada Day itself! Keep reading to learn more about this incredible national holiday, and feel free to reach out to our team of Ottawa house insurance experts if you have any questions about the insurance services that we provide. Let’s begin!

Canada Has 10 Provinces and 3 Territories

Unlike the United States — as the name of the country would imply — we’re not organized into different states. Instead, we have a grand total of ten different provinces with a bonus three territories to boot. Though that doesn’t sound like a lot of landmass in comparison to some 50 states down south, it doesn’t take more than a two-second glance at a world map to see that our country is absolutely massive!

Our provinces include British Columbia (commonly referred to as “B.C.”), Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, and Prince Edward Island. Yes, an island counts as a province! Our three territories also consist of the Northwest Territories (aptly named), Yukon, and Nunavut. Yes, it’s extremely cold up there.

If You Drink Beer Over The July 1st Weekend, You’re Not Alone

Over the Canada Day long weekend, it is estimated that Canadians drink some collective 1.2 million liters of beer. We’re not sure if that puts the United States to shame, perse, but that’s more than a fair amount of beer consumed for a country with an approximate population of 36.29 million people.

Bonus: The cocktail known as “The Caesar” is a favorite among the general Canadian population. Though it’s not beer, it’s similar to a traditional Bloody Mary. The twist? The Caesar uses Clamato Juice, a mixture of tomato juice and clam juice. We’re assuming that (if you’re of age) you’ve already tried it, but if not, then don’t knock it!

The National Symbol Of Canada

Due to the historical significance of the beaver as a profitable pelt material back during the foundational years of Canada, the national symbol has been the beaver for longer than we can remember — and probably longer than Bradley’s Insurance has even existed! Known to many as a “majestic” and “splendid” animal, we think that the beaver is a nice reflection of our country’s friendly, resourceful people. Though the indomitable polar bear was poised to replace the beaver as Canada’s national symbol, the beaver remains at the top of his dam.

It’s Summer, But Winter Is Not Far Away

At the start of July, you’d think that the bone-chilling temperatures and mounds of snow provided by Jack Frost are a long ways away. If you’re thinking that the warm months have a long way to go, then you probably live a lot further south than Canada. There’s a running joke (with a hint of seriousness) that, when Canada Day officially arrives, Canadians say “Great, now we can enjoy our two months of summer before the cold sets in again!”

Now, if you’re really from Canada, you’ll know that the 60-some-odd days of summer are really just for road construction.

Etymology Of The Word “Canada” Itself

With a name like “The United States,” it only makes sense why that country is called what it is called. But what about “Canada?” Well, this name actually derives from an Iroquoian word for “village” known as kanata. Hundreds of years ago, French explorers heard this word being used to refer to the area that’s now home to present-day Quebec City. Surely you had to expect a little bit of history from a fun facts blog about our nation’s history!

Bradley’s Insurance Wishes You A Safe And Happy Canada Day

We’re just as excited as you are about the upcoming holiday weekend. After all, everyone deserves a nice, long weekend here and there. No matter the time of year or whether or not you’re celebrating Canada’s history as a nation, Bradley’s Insurance can help you find the best Ottawa house insurance policies to suit your needs as a seasoned or a brand new homeowner. Contact us today to get started or feel free to get a free quote!

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