Oaken Update – June, 2018

Looking for a travel destination? Try Canada!

Much as we’re a country shaped by winter and the north, there’s probably no better time to see Canada than during the summer. And given that our nation’s birthday is just around the corner, we felt it appropriate to give our home-sweet-home a bit of a tourism boost. So here are some suggestions for getting the most out of summer travel by seeing the land in which you live.

See the landscape by train

This country was built by the railroad, so what better way to experience its magnificence than with a train trip? Travelling from coast to coast can be pretty daunting (we are the second-largest country in the world, after all!), so you may want to take in less than the whole country with a shorter trip. We all have our favourite parts of the country, but for its sheer beauty and stunning magnificence, nothing beats a ride through the Rockies.

Watch the wildlife

Given Canada’s size, it will come as no shock that we have the longest coastline in the world. That provides us with plenty of opportunities for activities such as whale-watching, which you can do in British Columbia, Quebec, Newfoundland and Labrador, and the Maritimes. There are plenty of other attractions in those provinces too, so pack your sou’wester.

Visit the festivals

Summer is festival time across Canada. Of course, the “Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth” is the Calgary Stampede, which takes place next month (more on that next). But there are plenty of other great extravaganzas to take advantage of. Every August, Edmonton hosts the Edmonton International Fringe Festival, which is the largest theatre festival in North America. Then there’s the Montreal International Jazz Festival which overlaps June and July, the Caribbean Carnival in Toronto, the Niagara New Vintage Festival for all you wine fans, Just for Laughs in Montreal, and Bard on the Beach, is Vancouver’s ever-popular Shakespeare festival. For smaller fare, check out regional festivals everywhere across the country.

Take to the stage

In addition to the shorter theatre festivals in Edmonton, Vancouver and other places across Canada, there are also some full-on theatre seasons that provide first-class productions and entertainment. Two of the most renowned are in southern Ontario. The Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake runs from April to October, while the Stratford Festival in Stratford, Ontario runs through the summer and into November. The Shaw hosts plays by George Bernard Shaw and a selection of other plays every year, while the Stratford Festival combines Shakespeare with a varied offering to suit every taste.

Pull up your wagons, Calgary—it’s stampede time again!

One of the events mentioned in the previous article is the Calgary Stampede, which takes place on July 6-15. And as we’ve done in the past, we’re hosting a get-together for all our customers and friends in the Calgary area to mark the occasion. So whether you’re a local Calgarian or just in town for the festivities, we’d love you to come along for a chat, as well as enjoy some complimentary cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.

Hosted by our Oaken Calgary team, our event will take place on Wednesday, July 11 in our Calgary store, which is located at 517-10th Avenue SW. It will run from 3:00pm until 7:00pm, so you can simply drop by at any time that suits you the most.

All you have to do is let us know you’re coming by July 9, and you can do so right away by completing our online RSVP form. Or you can book your place by calling us at 1-855-OAKEN-22 (625-3622), or sending an email to service@oaken.com.

We hope you’ll be able to join us for an enjoyable afternoon of celebrating the spirit of the stampede! Of course, our gathering will be a little bit smaller than the main event itself. However our previous stampede parties have been a great success, and we’re sure this will be just as much fun.

Many happy returns, Canada!

As we noted earlier, Canada’s national holiday is once again on the horizon. So as we’re already feeling extra patriotic, we’d like to take this early opportunity to wish everyone a Happy Canada Day on July 1.

At 151 years old, Canada seems to be pretty content—last year, we were even ranked the 7th happiest country in the World Happiness Report! Here are some other interesting facts you may not know about Canada:

  • Our population is now over 36 million people.
  • Canada has more area covered by lakes than the rest of the world combined, and home to 9% of the world’s renewable water supply.
  • The Trans-Canada Highway is the longest highway in the world, at 7,604 kilometres.
  • The Ice Hotel in Quebec uses 400 tons of ice and 12,000 tons of snow every year.
  • Estevan, Saskatchewan is the sunniest place in Canada, with 2,537 hours of sunshine a year.
  • You can claim dog food as a deductible tax expense in Canada—provided the dog is a service dog, or a pet that keeps wildlife away from crops or farm animals.
  • There are more doughnut shops per capita in Canada than in any other country.
  • The average Canadian eats 190 eggs per year.
  • The world’s smallest jail is in Rodney, Ontario, and measures 23.4 square metres.
  • There are approximately 55,000 different species of insects in Canada.
  • Wood Buffalo National Park in Alberta is larger than Switzerland.
  • Saint-Louis-du-Ha! Ha!, Quebec, is the only place in the world that has two exclamation points in its name.
  • In 1947, Snag, Yukon recorded a temperature of -63.7 C, which is approximately the average temperature on Mars.

Giving while living

A major part of financial planning involves preparing for the transfer of wealth from one generation to the next. This usually takes place when somebody dies, and the transfer of their estate is arranged through a will. But as our recent post on the Oaken Blog explored, there are other ways of transferring wealth that you might want to consider when thinking about your loved ones. Chief among these is sometimes referred to as “giving while living”. Taking a portion of your assets and giving them to your children lets them put those assets to use in a way that carries certain advantages.

For a more in-depth discussion of this topic, you can read the full blog post by clicking here.

Reading corner

June’s reading list is your perfect accompaniment to a hammock and a warm summer day. Just click, read, snooze and repeat…


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