Weird Canadian Facts As We Turn 150

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We LOVE being Canadian!  But no matter if you’ve been here for 30 days or 30 years, there’s always something new to learn about our great country.

Here’s a few facts that will blow your mind about Canada to impress your friends as we celebrate our big 150 this weekend.

  1. Everyone else thinks the fact thatmilk.jpg our milk comes in bags is totally weird. Despite being environmentally efficient, cost effective and super easy, everyone else seems baffled as to how we make it work. Bags are also used in eastern Europe, South America and parts of Africa, but are most commonly attributed to Canadian culture.

2. Maple syrup is BIG business. Just SOOOOO big it’s hard to even imagine that much maple syrup. 73 MILLION kg of maple syrup were produced last year and represent over 70% of the maple syrup production worldwide. And it’s super valuable too! In April of this year, 3 men were convicted for their roles in an $18,000,000 maple syrup heist. And the Maple Syrup Reserve sounds like a joke, but it totally exists. Quebec houses the Global Strategic Maple Syrup Reserve, so don’t worry. If things start to get all Mad Max, we’re covered.



3. We weigh less than other people because we have less gravity! Ok, so that one is a bit of a stretch but it’s true in the area around Hudson’s Bay. Although minor, the difference in gravity means that a person who weighs 150lbs anywhere else in the world will weight a tenth of an ounce less here (that’s 2.83 grams for all the Canucks who use metric the way the universe intended)


4. We have a MILLION DOLLAR coin!  In 2007 Canada issued the world’s first $1,000,000,000 coin made of 99.9999% pure gold and weighs over 100kg (that’s about 220lbs for anyone who isn’t on the metric train yet) . Take THAT Dubai and your gold plated Ferraris!

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5. Love is love in Canada! While the rest of the world is STILL debating over the issue of Same-Sex-Marriage and LGBTQ rights, it has been legal in Canada to marry whoever you darn well please since 2003. Of course we still have ways we can improve, but it’s not “Gay Marriage” here and hasn’t been for almost a generation now. We just call it marriage.

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6. We have an awesome word that means a ton of different stuff. Eh? It’s really just a totally useful and convenient word that can mean so many things. Used at the end of a sentence it commonly refers to either a question, a statement to which you expect agreement, or a confirmation. It can also mean “excuse me?” or “can you repeat that” or to invite further discussion on a topic. It’s like Aloha on steroids.

7. Our Prime Minister needs to be prepared to meet aliens.  When we say Canada welcomes everyone, we aren’t kidding.  There’s a permanent UFO landing site in St. Paul, Alberta.  Take us to your leader. We hear he’s really, really ridiculously good looking.


8. The Polar Bear Swim, aka the craziest thing you could possibly do in Canada besides try to wrestle a bear with your bare hands (we’re looking at you Lydia Angyiou) or those nutbars who jump out of helicopters onto mountains with skis strapped to them. The annual Polar Bear Swim is held at about 2:30pm on New Years’ Day which is the day of the year in Canada when Hell may actually hath frozen over.  Excited and slightly demented Canadians and tourists jump full on into freezing waters, often having to chip ice off the surface first before taking the frigid plunge. BRRRRRRRR.


9. We claim the coolest of all the X-men. That’s right! Wolverine is as Canadian as they come. He’s from Alberta.


What weird and wonderful fact do you know about Canada?


Wishing you a safe and happy Canada Day!



UltraStor says thank you to it’s loyal customers


On June 28th from 4-6pm, Customers enjoyed free ice cream and a bouncy castle! It was a great turn out. our loyal customers were very happy to attend and receive more information about Ultrastor and what we offer to our valued clients.

Burlington is a family friendly community and Ultra was happy to show there appreciation to all the customers by hosting this customer appreciation day event.

Thank you Burlington for your loyal business!


Are you Edmonton-bound this summer?

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If you’re making the bold move out West, Edmonton is an amazing, affordable and bustling place to lay down roots! But what do you do with all that extra stuff? Maybe you’re just waiting for the perfect place to come up, and you’re renting for a while? Or maybe you just want to keep your space clutter free.

The Elle Management location at Storage King Edmonton is having a customer appreciation promotion for the month of June!

We like to show our customers how much they mean to us by rewarding them with great monthly giveaways!

For the month of JUNE we’re giving away a $50 SPORT CHEK GIFT CARD!  Come into our office to fill out a ballot for a chance to win.
(To be drawn at the last day of each month!)

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Zoom Zoom wants to thank you!

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For the month of June, the Elle Management site at Zoom Zoom Storage in Brampton will be giving away a free lock with every new move-in!    Zoom Zoom Brampton is proud to be offering this small gift as a token of appreciation for their business.

Zoom Zoom Brampton has been newly renovated to ensure that the facility stays state-of-the-art.

Need Access 24hrs/7 days a week? You got it. Our storage facility provides you with unrestricted access to your storage unit at anytime meaning more convenient access to your belongings.

What about security that’s second to none? Search no more. All storage units are individually alarmed surrounded by a secure perimeter fence and monitored 24/7 by strategically placed security cameras monitoring your stored possessions at all times.

Do you have all your moving supplies? We do! Moving boxes, packing tape, wrapping paper, bubble wrap, furniture covers and even locks for your storage unit. All competitively priced.

Everything you need when it comes to your storage needs is covered when you store at Zoom Zoom Storage in Brampton.

This free lock give-away is available at ALL
our Zoom Zoom facilities in the month of June!
Drop in to chat with one of our storage
consultants about your storage needs.


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Staying Local This Long Weekend?


The Victoria Day Weekend or “May24” is traditionally the time that Canadians like to whoop it up in grand Canuck fashion. But if you’re getting a little older and a weekend camping trip isn’t quite for you(also read: I just can’t drink that many beers at once anymore and I don’t like sleeping outside), there are a lot of fantastic things happening close to home. Here’s what’s happening around Toronto this weekend.


For a complete list of events in the city this weekend

Stay safe and have fun this long weekend, everyone!  And have a drink on the patio for us!


Storage Auctions reveal hidden treasures


Storage unit auctions are a hot trend that doesn’t seem to be slowing down.  Elle has been privileged to host several episodes of Storage Wars Canada at select locations, but you may not know that we also hold public auctions on a regular basis.


On Wednesday May 10, Planet Storage hosted a Customer Appreciation Event and Storage Auction

When rent is not paid for a storage locker, and the facility is not successful in getting the account up to date, or in contacting the renter, the units are opened for bids by a professional auctioneer.  Mostly professional, and sometimes just independent treasure hunters, will purchase the contents, hoping for an amazing find for just a few dollars, and if you’re lucky, you just may stumble upon something valuable or amazing.


Elle loves to learn!

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We are proud to be members of the Canadian Self Storage Association and we will again be Vancouver bound in June for the 11TH ANNUAL C.S.S.A. WESTERN CANADIAN CONFERENCE, TRADESHOW, SELF STORAGE FACILITY TOURS AND THE 2017 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING!

On June 8th, the event opens with the C.S.S.A. Self Storage Trade show where we will have the opportunity to meet with many of the amazing suppliers in our industry for everything from insurance, to locks, moving supplies, buildings and components, all under one roof.

There will be guest speakers to discuss topics such as Facility Valuations and the movement of self storage in western Canada;  marketing your self storage business in 2017 with teaching techniques and strategies for digital marketing, social media and online reputation management skills; and Best Practices for Sale and Disposal of Delinquent Accounts.

Also back by popular demand is the TOWN HALL DISCUSSION covering everything from raising rent rates, collections, delinquencies, everyday customer experiences.

And of course the exciting Panel of Professionals where we have the chance to ask questions with professionals on things like repairs, security, gates, fencing product and more.

At Elle Management, we don’t just want to be GREAT at what we do, we want to keep getting better. Events like this help us keep on top of the newest and best practices in the industry and allow us to share our own expertise and advice to our colleagues and friends.


Elle and the Tiffany love affair


We love Tiffany!

Elle has always made a commitment, not only to our customers and clients, but to our valuable staff members who work hard every day to keep our organization running smoothly.  We’re a team, a family. Not only do we work together, but we play together too!

Owner and operator, Janet Whittle-Bailie, believes in hard work, good will and great relationships. It’s important to her that the Elle family feels valued, included and important.

All the ladies at Elle wear matching Tiffany bracelets, because isn’t the work day just a little nicer with a bit of bling?



Elle Management hits VEGAS!

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You don’t get to be the BEST in your industry without keeping up to date on the latest and the greatest ideas and innovations in self storage!

This week, Elle is attending the ISS World Expo in Las Vegas, participating in extensive education and training courses on critical topics to your business including building, financing, investing, marketing and the latest in tech features.

Janet Whittle Bailie is in attendance along with Elle’s Paula Wilson-Stinton, Angelica DiCastro and Mark Krietzman. We hope they have some time to mix a bit of fun in with the hustle and bustle of the conference.

This week Janet will announce two Elle Site Staff members to join her in Las Vegas in the Fall for the SSA Fall Conference at Caesar’s Palace!