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

  • Pioneer Barns: Symbols of Survival>>

    Paying tribute to Canada's early settlers and their stories of arduous struggle to survive, Ernie Faessler of Surrey, B.C., travelled across Canada photographing and then painting the barns hand-built by Canada's pioneers. Ernie then put them together into a book, Barns - From Our Pioneers & Builders of a Nation, with profits going towards leukemia and lymphoma research in memory of his wife Jeane. You can read his story in the March issue of More of Our Canada.>>

  • Our Travels: Feasting on Maritime Culture>>

    Ed James of Elkhorn, Man., acts as an unofficial tour guide for his friend, Kel Smith, in his home province of Nova Scotia. Read about their adventures visiting places like the French Fortress of Louisbourg in Cape Breton to the Shearwater Aviation Museum in Halifax in the March issue of More of Our Canada.>>

  • What Is It? - March 2015>>

    Any ideas what this object might be used for?>>

  • A Journey of Discovery in Ontario's Royal Botanical Gardens>>

    Nature photographer Kevin Murphy of Burlington, Ont., and his sister, Janice, share their appreciation of Ontario's Royal Botanical Gardens. Read their story in the March issue of More of Our Canada.>>

  • Caption Corner - March 2015>>

    What is this heifer up to? Share your caption!>>

  • Collectors: Three Times the Charm>>

    Marilyn Wright of Wasaga Beach, Ont., loves to collect cups and saucers, hummingbirds and Blue Jays paraphernalia! Read her story in the February/March issue of Our Canada. Do you have a collection to share? Send it in today!>>

  • Volunteer Veterinary Team>>

    This caring group travels to low-income communities providing free veterinary services to beloved family pets. Read the story about the Canadian Animal Assistance Team (CAAT) by Chris Robinson of Cambridge, Ont., in the February/March issue of Our Canada.>>

  • Epic Winter Race>>

    Runners and cyclists tackle winter head-on in a 130 kilometre race through southern Manitoba that tests endurance and celebrates resilience! Read Gregory McNeill's story about participating in the race Actif Epica in the February/March issue of Our Canada.>>

  • Caption Corner - February/March 2015>>

    Got a funny one-liner for this fun winter pic?>>

  • What Is It? - February/March 2015>>

    Can you help solve this mystery?>>

  • Our Travels: Twillingate, N.L.>>

    Thinking back to living and working in Twillingate, N.L., Natalie Blackmore Poirier, now of Burnaby, B.C., fondly remembers the stillness and bustling life of the ocean town's winters. Read her story in the January issue of More of Our Canada.>>

  • Stamped in Memory>>

    Times were tough, but fun - thanks to a new hobby! Read about a stamp collection that kept Cheryl Fiddis of Burnaby, B.C., happily occupied during a difficult time in her youth in the January issue of More of Our Canada.>>

  • Hannah's Planet>>

    Meet a remarkable young girl who's making the world a better place: Hannah Bywater of Callander, Ont. Read her Cause for Applause story in the January issue of More of Our Canada.>>

  • Becoming Canadian>>

    It took living in a foreign Western country to drive home what it means to be Canadian for Vivian Chow of Calgary who currently lives in Switzerland. Read her Canadians Abroad story in the January issue of More of Our Canada.>>

  • Manitoba's Hidden Gem>>

    John Nielsen of Portage la Prairie, Man., loves his hometown. He especially enjoys Crescent Lake and everything Island Park has to offer. Read his story in the January issue of More of Our Canada.>>

  • Caption Corner - January 2015>>

    Got a funny one-line caption for this photo? Send it in today!>>

  • What Is It? - January 2015>>

    What was this object meant to scoop?>>

  • Celebrate Canada Photo Contest Results & More>>

    Here are the top three winning photos from this year's Celebrate Canada Photo Contest! We've also included a few of our past winning photos for you to enjoy. See the winning photos and runners up in the December/January issue of Our Canada.>>

  • Frozen In Time: Russian Ice Sculptures>>

    One Canadian, Nataliya Bukhanova of Legal, Alta., holds on to her cultural traditions from the old country. Read her story "The Russian Connection" in the December/January issue of Our Canada and enjoy these extra photos from Russian ice towns.>>

  • What Is It? - December/January 2015>>

    Any ideas what this object might be used for?>>

  • Caption Corner - December/January 2015>>

    Got a funny one-liner for this cute pic? Send it in today and you might see it in the magazine!>>

  • Summer Morning After The Rain>>

    Here is the full short story written by Lyn Brown that was featured, in part, within the Showcase story of the December/January issue called "The Storyteller Club." Lyn is part of the writer's group Wye Write, the subject of the story by Carol Austin of Wyevale, Ont.>>

  • Winter Wildlife>>

    Photographer Megan Lorenz of Etobicoke braves the cold and snow to capture some spectacular shots of creatures great and small. See her full photo essay in the December/January issue of Our Canada.>>

  • Our Travels: Nova Scotia>>

    Two adventurous sisters head off on a weekend road trip to explore a part of their home province they'd always wanted to see. Read the story by Andrea MacEachern of Scotchtown, N.S., in the November issue of More of Our Canada.>>