Our Canada

About Our Canada

Our Canada is a magazine like no other, where the readers — like you — are the writers! In every issue, Canadians make the whole country come alive as they share their stories and photos of everything from family gatherings and backyard rinks to breathtaking mountains or a big old bumbling moose.

Our Canada is a community. It all began in 2004 when the response to a country-wide photo contest turned up so many stories about this great land of ours. Now we can barely keep up with the incoming mail and online submissions full of wildlife scenes, funny anecdotes and heartwarming tales from coast to coast.

We produce Our Canada six times a year and, in 2008, we answered our readers’ desire for MORE by creating More of Our Canada for the other six months of the year. We hold fun contests with great prizes and we discover new things about our country thanks to you. Join in on the fun and take advantage of our Special Introductory Savings Offer (backed by our 100% Money-Back Guarantee), by subscribing now!

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Recent Features

  • Photography Fun>>

    Trying to capture interesting shots of Chester the chipmunk who lives in his backyard, Tom Jeary of Waterloo, Ont., built miniature sets for Chester to clamber over in search of treats. In post production, Chester appears to be playing all kinds of games with his friends in the cutest chipmunk world! Tom then put his photos into a book with proceeds going to charity. For more info visit: www.chipmunkfallfair.com and you can read the story in the October-November issue of Our Canada.>>

  • It’s a Small World>>

    As a child, Dale was fascinated by the world closest to him; the world that was at eye level or lower. It was a world of small things such as flowers, bugs and the like. As he grew older, his world expanded to larger things of course but recently, with the purchase of a macro lens for his camera, he reverted back to his childhood fascination and everything about the small world became his passion once again. Read his story in the October-November issue of Our Canada.>>

  • Every Camera Tells a Story>>

    Ed James of Elkhorn, Man., loves history, especially when it comes to photography. More than 40 years ago he began collecting cameras and lost count after he passed the 1,000 mark. His collection includes items dating from 1880 to the 1990s. Read his story in the October/November issue of Our Canada.>>

  • Caption Corner – October/November 2015>>

    Share your funny one-liner for this cute caption corner pic and you might see it published in the next issue!>>

  • What Is It – October/November 2015>>

    Any idea what this mystery object might be? Help out a fellow Our Canada reader and send in your answers!>>

  • A Perfect Fit>>

    After retiring, Willem Nagtegall of Hamilton took up woodworking as a hobby. He uses a variety of wood, including cedar, pine, walnut and cherry wood for his handmade creations that range from trucks and trains to vases and bowls as well as intricate pieces of intarsia. Read his story in the September issue of More of Our Canada.>>

  • Helping Blanding's Turtles>>

    A group of dedicated volunteers donate their time to help keep this endangered species of turtle safe during their nesting and hatchling seasons. You will find the story by Wesley Pitts of Hantsport, N.S., in the September issue of More of Our Canada. In the meantime, enjoy these extra photos!>>

  • Our Travels: Lake Manicouagan, Quebec>>

    Seana Moorhead of Chatsworth, Ont., headed out to the famous Lake Manicouagan with two friends for a wonderful kayak camping trip. Read her story in the September issue of More of Our Canada.>>

  • Caption Corner - September 2015>>

    Share your funny one-liner for this cute caption corner pic and you might see it published in the next issue!>>

  • What Is It - September 2015>>

    Any idea what this mystery object might be? Help out a fellow Our Canada reader and send in your answers!>>

  • A Day at the Races>>

    In the August-September issue of Our Canada, we launched a new magazine department called Celebrations, the aim of which is to shine a spotlight on local festivals and festivities that bring community members together in the spirit of fun, interaction and goodwill. The inspiration for this new department came in the form of a story submission from Mr. Mike Keindel of Devon, Alta. Mike informed us that his tightly knit community has been holding a multi-day celebration every summer for the past 49 years. Aptly named Devon Days, the event transforms the heart of town into a virtual funhouse of entertainment, food and activities for all ages. This summer's edition included the first-ever running of the Devon Days Outhouse Race. As soon as we saw the race photos, we were hooked on Devon's "joie de vivre" and we just had to get Mike's submission into the August-September issue. If you hurry, you can still pick up a copy at larger magazine shops, newsstands and bookstores. In the meantime, have a look at these photos of some of the teams that were competing in the big race.>>

  • What Is It? - August/September 2015>>

    Any idea what this mystery object might be? Help out a fellow Our Canada reader and send in your answers!>>

  • Caption Corner - August/September 2015>>

    Share your funny one-liner for this cute caption corner pic and you might see it published in the next issue!>>

  • Our Travels: Yukon Territory>>

    Duane Harding of Calgary had always wanted to see the subarctic tundra fall colours at their best. In August 2012, he and his wife Wanda left Calgary for the Yukon to explore the beauty the north has to offer. You can read about their trip in the August/September issue of Our Canada.>>

  • Burgers, Shakes and Memories>>

    Mike Lane of Victoria and his wife, Colombe, began reminiscing one day about old-fashioned drive-ins and diners. Mike had fond memories of growing up in West Vancouver in the ‘60s, and heading out to his favourite diner on Friday nights. Where on Vancouver Island could you find such a place these days? He was determined to find out! Read his story in the August-September issue of Our Canada.>>

  • Paddling With Purpose>>

    In memory of two friends lost to cancer, Scott Prevost of Elliot Lake, Ont., and his canoe partner Tom Wilson, set out to paddle from Jackfish River to the Nipigon River to Batchawana Bay almost ten years ago. They raised awareness for the disease and also had an incredible experience on the beautiful waters and shores of Ontario. Read their story in the July issue of More of Our Canada.  >>

  • My Life With Buicks>>

    For Keith Horsfall of Alliston, Ont., Buicks have always been a part of his life. The moment he laid eyes on a Buick his father bought in the late 1940s, Keith has never wanted another car. Today, Keith and his wife, Wendy, continue to buy, sell, own and love Buicks. Read his story in the July issue of More of Our Canada.>>

  • Trail Riders>>

    Matthew Bailey and his wife, Karla, of Calgary, Alta., partook in a six-day trip on horseback through the stunning backcountry of the Canadian Rockies. Aside from the breathtaking views, Matthew and Karla met new people, gazed at star-filled skies and enjoyed beautiful campfires. Read his story in the July issue of More of Our Canada.  >>

  • Searching for Canada’s Palm Tree Capital>>

    The historic city of Victoria, B.C., is known for its stunning vistas, but did you know that one of its neighbourhoods, Oak Bay, is billing itself as the “Palm Tree Capital of Canada?” David Lee of Chilliwack, B.C. cruised along Beach Drive on Vancouver Island to find palm trees and simply enjoy a beautiful day! Read his story in the July issue of More of Our Canada.>>

  • What Is It? - July 2015>>

    Any idea what this mystery object might be? Help out a fellow Our Canada reader and send in your answers! >>

  • Caption Corner - July 2015>>

    How creative can you be for coming up with a caption for this cute photo? Give it your best shot! >>

  • Rhythm of the City>>

    Sean Behnsen of Victoria, B.C., shares his experiences at Rifflandia, a rockin' summer music fest in his hometown. Here are extra photos from his adventures. To read the full story pick up a copy of the June/July issue of Our Canada.>>

  • To Grey Owl's or Bust!>>

    Two friends embark on an unforgettable trek to reach the cabin of the famous (and infamous!) Grey Owl. Tyler Dixon of Calgary shares some of the great shots from his canoe trip with his friend Mike. You can also read their story in the June/July issue of Our Canada magazine.>>

  • Sylvie's Garden>>

    A loving husband honours his wife's memory by preserving the incredible garden they created together. Read the full story by Perry Mastrovito of Laval, Que., in the June/July issue of Our Canada magazine.>>