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History reveals itself

Happy birthday, Canada! Our Zim counts the ways that cottagers have made the country awesome

In Like Zim


It’s a big deal, this party we are celebrating. And the federal government has pulled out all the stops—pretty much half a billion dollars’ worth—to see that the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation is recognized with appropriate fanfare. What I think will really get people fired up are the #OnThisDay vignettes that recognize the contributions made by real Canadians over the last century and a half. There’s a collection of these on the official Canada 150 website, and, as you might expect, it includes groundbreakers such as Nellie McClung, Sir Sandford Fleming, Emily Carr, and Sir Frederick Banting. Some other notables include symbols such as our national flag, the mighty beaver, and the Bluenose schooner. These icons do inspire national pride, but I’ve got a couple of bones to pick. The first is that it seems peculiar to have Beverley McLachlin, the country’s first female chief justice of the Supreme Court, and the painter Cornelius Krieghoff sharing the virtual podium with Wiarton Willie, who is a groundhog. The second is that nowhere in any of the Canada 150 promotional materials is there a mention of the contributions made to the fabric of this great nation by cottagers. Not a word.

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Going North! Cottage Life toasts Canada’s 150th birthday, with an exclusive interview with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on what the cottage means to him, Canuck-inspired party recipes (beer and back bacon poutine, anyone?), and essential flag etiquette. The issue also includes workshop intel every Canadian should have, renowned Canadian writers and photographers sharing their views on our country from the cottage, a peek into our national official cottage, Harrington Lake, and why now is the time to plant a tree at the lake. PLUS, meet an American who, after a lifetime cottaging in Canada, has a thing or two to teach us about summers at the lake. Don’t miss this one-stop guide to celebrating Canada at the cottage.