For the last 100 years, Parks Canada has been the steward of the Canadian wilderness, protecting our pristine flora and fauna. Established in 1911 as the world’s first national parks service, Parks Canada now guards 167 National Historic Sites, 42 National Parks, and four National Marine Conservation areas. On July 16, Parks Day, the organization is celebrating its centennial. To commemorate the anniversary, we take you through a few National Parks, well known and not, via the memories of Canadians who have been touched by their stunning beauty.
Lusting for a truly irresistible couple’s vacation? Dare to explore eight of Newfoundland’s most romantic hotspots, and find out why it’s not the size of the province, but what you do in it, that matters.
Mary Belanger of New Liskeard, Ont., loves visiting Hilliardton Marsh. Follow her through these photos on a self-guided tour of the wetlands. There are a total of 15 stations, which make for a walk of 4.8 kilometres, one way.
Enjoy the tour with Mary and her friend Lucie as they go through part of the marsh (it’s big!)-it’s a virtual, peaceful outdoor adventure!
June Lamey of Cowansville, Que., writes, “A couple of acquaintances gave me these items thinking they were used for knitting, but to my knowledge, they’re not. The long narrow piece has a small hole in one end on the left-hand side while the circular object has […]
Elsie Sokalofsky of Lloydminster, Alta., shares this photo, snapped by her sister, Mildred Cunningham, when she lived in Washington State. “This raccoon showed up looking hungry,” says Mildred, “So I fed her some cat food, after which she became a constant visitor!”
In the July issue of More of Our Canada, our Showcase article featured students from Sheridan College’s art fundamentals program and their teacher John Parker. Using the tools of design to demonstrate, compare and contrast the many elements that make up Canada, these students are full of ideas and talent!
Here are some images we just couldn’t squeeze into the pages of the magazine to get you in the spirit for Canada day and celebrating everything that is Canadian.
Montreal is well known for having a vibrant, exciting and eclectic nightlife. Whatever you are into, you can find it in this, quite possibly the most sophisticated, Canadian city. Here are eight bars worth getting off the tourist track for, and imbibing in.
From east to west, Canada has some truly outstanding and world-class hotels. Here are eight hotels to splurge on, or dream about
Darlene Wojtczak of Timmins, Ont., shares this hilarious photo, snapped by her husband, Derek, of a whale-watching trip that isn’t going so well…except for the whale! “Talk about choosing the wrong whale-watching company,” laughs Darlene.
Ever heard of intarsia art? We hadn’t until Dianne Adamchuck-Freeman of Calgary, sent in amazing photos of her father’s beautiful creations for our June/July issue. George creates these pieces through this particular kind of woodworking craft. He is definitely a Crafty Canadian! Enjoy these extra examples of his talent we couldn’t fit in our printed pages.
On June 21, all over Canada, First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples will be celebrating the summer solstice. The rest of Canada will celebrate along with them, recognizing their important contributions to this country as part of National Aboriginal Day. For more on June as National Aboriginal History Month visit here.
Robbie Hicks in Ontario and Josh Palansky in British Columbia both sent in some great photos from past celebrations: the pow-wow Gathering of Nations in Toronto and Canada Day festivities at The Forks in Winnipeg. Enjoy!
To get you in the spirit of our contest, Spot the Royals, here are a few stories and photos of the Queen visiting Canada at various times in Canadian history and one of a Canadian taking in the Royal Wedding atmosphere in London!
We can’t wait to see your photos of the new royal couple! Upload them at ourcanada.ca/royals and you could win a copy of William & Kate, A Royal Love Story.
Our Vacation feature in the June/July issue of Our Canada had some fabulous photos and artwork from Lori Larsen of Port Coquitlam, B.C. She spent a summer working with the organization “Birds in Motion” in Vancouver, showing visitors different species of birds of prey and demonstrating their traits and flight abilities.
The arrival of spring’s warm weather is a great time to hit the trails. Hiking is not only a good way to enjoy some breathtaking wilderness areas, but it’s good exercise too. Among the abundance of footpaths, here are 10 of the best places for hiking in Canada.
In our February/March issue of Our Canada, Valerie Pitman wrote in about her twin boys and their snowboard-cross abilities in “Two Boarding Passes to Stardom.” Tommy made it into the Canada Winter Games in Halifax and Valerie updates us on the family’s adventures.
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There is a cluster of wineries around the town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, which makes wine touring in this area very convenient. Discover five of the most popular ones in this charming and historic town
British Columbia’s Fraser Valley is a gorgeous and diverse region where the climate is as good for dairy farming as it is for winemaking. Explore four of the region’s best wineries, which produce some of the country’s best tasting wine varietals
Two moms, Ingrid Bird and Lisa Breure, take their own photography experience and pass it on to their children and other kids in their community in our Showcase feature of the May issue of More of Our Canada. The Langley Fundamental Elementary and Middle School Camera Club in British Columbia is producing many future photographers! Participating in Open and Themed competitions throughout the school year, these kids not only have a lot of fun, but produce very fun photos! See more of their creativity here that we couldn’t fit in the magazine!
Coming up in the May issue of More of Our Canada, our My Hometown feature was sent in by Joseph Hollick of Hamilton, Ont. On a mission to document and photograph all of the 142 waterfalls in the city of Hamilton, Joseph was happy to share this more natural side of his city.
Joseph finds visiting the falls a delight at any time of the year as the scenes can change drastically. Since we couldn’t publish all his photos in the magazine, here are some more for you to enjoy.