Canada Day 2021

Each July 1st, for over the past 20 years, we have planted small Canadian Flags on the front lawns of homes in our Bracebridge and Gravenhurst communities. This small gesture reflects the immense pride and appreciation of being Canadian and living in this great country.

The recent discovery of unmarked graves on former residential school sites in Kamloops and Cowessess First Nation has shaken our nation. It has shone further light on the widespread and systematic abuse of Indigenous people. Thousands of children were forcibly removed from their families and traditions. The abuse was horrific.

Each Canadian is free to celebrate Canada Day on their terms. For many, this Canada Day will be a time of reflection and observance and less about revelry. With this in mind, we have decided to pause this year’s flag-planting tradition. 

We are proud Canadians. Canada is the best country in the world, and by acknowledging and learning from our past, we can all aspire and work towards a better future for all of us.

For those that would like flags will be available at our Bracebridge office at 100 West Mall Road and at our Gravenhurst at 1100 Muskoka Road South.