A summer ritual in Canada is certainly the opening of the cottage, camp or cabin. Cottage for those in eastern Canada, Camp for those in Central Canada and Cabin for those in western Canada. All together it is that summer retreat that so many Canadians take of advantage of, whether it is their own place – a place to rent – a family compound or on the invite of a neighbour or friend.
Opening weekend is a time to get the water turned back on, sweep out the cobwebs, check the mouse traps, repair the dock, clean out the eaves, mow the lawn, weed the garden, repair the screen door, charge up the BBQ, wash the windows, take old clothes to Goodwill, plan the first vist of friends, wash down the boats, sweep off the deck and at the end of it all sit down in the wiped of lawn chair and enjoy a nice cold refreshing beer as you toast the opening weekend of summer.
It is a fascinating ritual but with it comes much joy. It’s a preparation for what will be another great Canadian summer. A time with friends and family. A time to meet new acquaintances or friends of friends passing through. It is a time to reflect upon family and how we are all getting a little older, as parents do – we do, and oh my goodness, our kids do.
Cottage – Camp – Cabin, they all represent a destination in the summer that brings folks together for great times around the campfire, a sing a long at the piano, a fresh feed of fish from just off the end of the dock, a gathering in the community, a celebration at the local festival and really just great times together with summer friends.
So raise a glass to the summer ritual of opening that special retreat. A toast to summer and responsible choices that will make it a memorable one. Cheers !
and of course…feel free to share your summer ritual…