COTTAGES ON MANITOULIN ISLAND
Facts About Cottaging in Canada
Cottaging is often thought to be one of the many summer pastimes that define us as truly Canadian. Whether you are renting a cottage, traveling to your own, setting up a tent, or sleeping in an RV, cottaging can be one of the most relaxing and rewarding experiences.
In honor of Canada’s love for cottaging, and the countdown to cottage season (just 5 months away!), below are some fast facts you might not know about your favourite pastime.
1. We All Have Different Names for it
The term “cottage” is not used by everyone in Canada. Only people from Ontario, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island use the term, while those from Newfoundland, British Columbia, and Alberta use “cabin”. Those in Quebec use the term “chalet”, and some people in parts of Ontario even use the word “camp”.
2. The Dreaded Mosquito
A mosquito’s wings beat between 600 and 1,000 times a second! This movement creates the humming sound we get so tired of hearing in early summer.
3. Average Age of a Cottager
The average age of Canada’s recreational property owner is 52. Often these individuals have families and look forward to bringing their children and grandchildren as they age.
4. Moose or a Human?
Baby moose are said to learn to swim within hours of their birth. Human babies usually don’t learn to swim until they are at least 4. Who is the real cottager here?
5. No Need for a Weatherman
The old saying “red sky at night, sailor’s delight” and “red sky in the morning, sailor’s warning” has actually been proven to be a good predictor of weather patterns. So next time you’re contemplating taking that sunset boat cruise, check the colour of the sky!
Facts courtesy of Reader’s Digest.
What other interesting facts do you know about cottaging? Tell us below!