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

  • 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.>>

  • Caption Corner - June/July 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? - June/July 2015>>

    Do you have any ideas what this yard sale mystery item might be? Help out a fellow Our Canada contributor!>>

  • Moulding Young Minds>>

    Fifteen years of working with teens keeps this talented volunteer young. Read Toronto resident John C. Hudspith's story about how he became a volunteer teacher in a high school in the May issue of More of Our Canada and enjoy a few extra shots of his students' work and his own.>>

  • Caption Corner - May 2015>>

    Got any funny one-liner's for this cute situation?>>

  • What Is It? - May 2015>>

    Can you help this contributor out? What object has he discovered?>>

  • Travelling the Bruce Trail>>

    Thanks to a Father's Day gift, Sylvia Prins of Beamsville, Ont., and her husband George got to experience a little piece of heaven as they traversed Ontario's famed Bruce Trail. Read their story in the May issue of More of Our Canada.>>

  • Moose on the Loose>>

    Meet Leonardo, an adventurous toy moose who travelled through Italy! You can read about his adventures in the Destinations story by Paul Desjardins of West Kelowna, B.C., in the April/May issue of Our Canada.>>

  • The Evolution of a Bird Nerd>>

    After moving to the country, photographer Jen St. Louis of Elmira, Ont., became a self-confessed bird enthusiast and has the incredible pics to prove it. See her full photo essay in the April/May issue of Our Canada.>>

  • Picture Perfect>>

    These spectacular images are a great reminder of why we are so fortunate to live in this country. See more stunning landscapes in the April/May issue of Our Canada.>>

  • Caption Corner - April/May 2015>>

    Got a funny one liner for this photo? Send it in today!>>