Midnight Musings from our CEO
Whose foot doesn’t tap along when they hear the words ….
(One little two little three Canadians)
We love thee
(Now we are twenty million)
(Four little five little six little Provinces)
Proud and free
(Now we are ten and the Territories sea to sea)
There are many of us, myself included, who weren’t yet born when Canada celebrated its 100th birthday on July 1st, 1967, but these words and the accompanying tune from the Centennial theme song written by Bobby Gimby have certainly lived on.
Much has been written about that period in Canadian history, but without question it was a time that the country, now fully detached from Britain, began to feel more nationalistic, right down to the new flag which had been unveiled two years earlier. The economy was in full swing and there was a resurgence of music, literature and the arts. Montreal hosted Expo 67 and, as hard as it is to believe, the Toronto Maple Leafs won their fourth Stanley Cup in six years (of course they have not won one since)!
So here we are on the eve of another milestone in our country’s history with the marking of our 150th birthday. What legacies will be remembered from this year? We are definitely off to a good start with the New York Times naming Canada (the entire country) as the #1 place to visit in the world out of a list of 52 locations. Our economy is starting to pull forward cautiously, we are launching a national trail, the maple leaf is recognized world wide as the symbol of Canada and our young men have just won silver at the World Juniors. We have definitely come along way, well all of us except those “Leafs”…..
On February 1st it will be exactly 150 days until Canada’s 150th birthday….and if you haven’t already done so, it is time to start thinking about how you, your business and your community can help mark the occasion. TOTA will be compiling a list of things big and small that are going on around the region and inviting our guests and our residents to take part in making this a very memorable year.
Send your plans to email@example.com and we might feature you in our Manic Mondays going forward from February through July.
Happy Birthday Ca-Na-Da – everybody sing together!
A Few Highlights from this Weeks News Centre…
Congratulations to Chief Clarence Louie, Osoyoos Indian Band named last week to the order of Canada (read more); additional congratulations to 3 of our regional small businesses who have been recognized as semi finalists in the BC Small Business Awards – Central Kitchen-Bar, Rainbow’s Roost and Wind Crush Market (read more); make sure to register for the upcoming BC Tourism Industry Conference in February, early bird registration ends Jan 15th (read more).
Read all of this weeks News Centre stories at news.totabc.org
We hope you keep following and contributing on TOTA’s Facebook and Twitter sites throughout the week; send us your stories, photos, events and remarkable experiences. Make sure the industry knows what is happening around our region and be sure to use #route97 and #explorebc when posting your tourism shots and stories from around the region.
Be sure to also send your 150 Celebrations activities and events to firstname.lastname@example.org