Today is Canada Day, our national holiday marking when we officially became a country, July 1, 1867. I always think of myself as a Canadian first, and am proud to have grown up and continue to live here. I also consider myself fortunate to have experienced much of it – having visited all 10 provinces, living in 3 of them so far, and spending significant time visting 2 others over the years. To celebrate, here are some photos I’ve taken the past few years of some of my favourite places and things across the country. It’s not an exhaustive list – it’s dependent on where I’ve been with a high-resolution camera these past few years, but it has also reminded me of many of the things and places I love, and haven’t been back to see in far too long (hello Montreal, Toronto, Niagra, and Annapolis Valley!)
On Canada Day, I hope you get to spend some time with – or thinking about, your favourite things from this country too.
I suggest you look through these images while listening to Joel Plaskett’s True Patriot Love.
Mountains! Taken in Banff
Calgary Folk Fest at Prince’s Island Park. Slipping away from the action to relax along the Bow River is always a pleasure.
Street life on Rue Saint Jean in Quebec City, which turns into a pedestrian-only street during the summer.
The Waterfront Trail in Ottawa. One of my favourite places to run.
The coloured row houses in St. John’s is one of the city’s best features.
Oceans! The Atlantic Ocean, taking off from St. John’s
…and the Pacific, on a boat near Victoria.
Speaking of Victoria, the Legislature is amazing at night.
The public gardens in Halifax was one of my favourite places to go when I lived there.
The Market! My home on Saturday mornings during the summer in Edmonton.
Baseball at Telus Field in Edmonton.
One more from Edmonton – overlooking the River Valley, truly the city’s world class feature.
Speaking of world class, the Black Sheep Pub in Wakefield is one of the country’s great music venues, yes?
Parliament Hill in Ottawa. I get a thrill every time I visit. I hope that feeling never goes away.
Hiking above Jasper, Alberta, where my family has gone regularly since I was a little kid. Here’s an overhead view of the town.
Finally, atop the Sulphur Skyline near Jasper – one of my favourite hiking trails. That’s me taking in the view. We truly have a beautiful country.