Happy Spring from The Sutton Place Hotels

Whether you celebrate Passover or Easter, The Sutton Place Hotels would like to wish you and your loved ones a Happy Passover and a Happy Easter!

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Poetry always gets us ready for spring

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Algernon Charles Swinburne  (1837–1909)
For winter’s rains and ruins are over, And all the season of snows and sins; The days dividing lover and lover, The light that loses, the night that wins; And time remembered is grief forgotten, And frosts are slain and flowers begotten, And in green underwood and cover Blossom by blossom the spring begins.

“Spring is like a perhaps hand” by E. E. Cummings
Spring is like a perhaps hand (which comes carefully out of nowhere) arranging a window into which people look (while people stare arranging and changing placing carefully there a strange thing and a known thing here) and changing everything carefully.

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812 by Emily Dickinson
A Light exists in Spring
Not present on the Year
At any other period —
When March is scarcely here

A Color stands abroad
On Solitary Fields
That Science cannot overtake
But Human Nature feels.

It waits upon the Lawn,
It shows the furthest Tree
Upon the furthest Slope you know
It almost speaks to you.

Then as Horizons step
Or Noons report away
Without the Formula of sound
It passes and we stay —

A quality of loss
Affecting our Content
As Trade had suddenly encroached
Upon a Sacrament.

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Groundhog Day… Again

Groundhog Day attracts media attention across Canada every year, but why?

Thousands of years ago when animalism and nature worship were prevalent, people in the area of Europe now known as Germany believed the badger had the power to predict the coming of spring. They watched the badger to know when to plant their crops.

This tradition was brought over to North America, predominantly in Pennsylvania in the United States, where it was the groundhog, not the badger, which makes these “predictions”. According to folklore, if the groundhog sees its shadow on February 2 it will return to its burrow, indicating there will be six more weeks of winter. If it does not see its shadow, then spring is on the way.

The Groundhog Day concept became popular in Canada in 1956 when Wiarton Willie became a household name for his early February “weather predictions”. Wiarton’s Groundhog Day festival grew as Willie’s fame increased. It became one of the largest winter festivals in Bruce County, Canada.

There are also other groundhogs in different parts of Canada. For example, Schubenacadie Sam is reportedly the first groundhog in the country to stick its head out on Groundhog Day. Other groundhogs include: Gary the Groundhog in Ontario, Brandon Bob in Manitoba, and Balzac Billy in Alberta.

So what did Punxsutawney Phil predict this year? Click the link below to see the furry rodent’s prediction.

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Spring has Sprung (or has it?)

The season has changed, the majority of Canada is still covered in snow, and so far, nothing about spring is warmer than winter. Even though this is the time of year the weather usually changes from freezing to moderate temperatures, that doesn’t seem to be happening this year.

So instead of complaining about the weather and the snow, we asked our guests to send us beautiful snowy pictures of either Edmonton or Revelstoke. And boy, are we happy we did.

Edmonton’s Sunny Spring:

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Revelstoke Mountain Resort’s Snowy Spring:

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