The Great Outdoors: 15 Spectacular Shots Celebrating Summer in Canada

Summer in Canada is never quite long enough, but we manage to make the most of every sun-kissed moment. From skimming the lake on a dragon boat to building sand castles on the beach, this gorgeous gallery of original photography captures the very best of the Canadian summer.

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Fun boating day at the lake
Photo: Janice Storch

The best of youth

Photographer Janice Storch of High River, Alta., writes: “A day on the lake is always full of smiles, laughter, squeals of delight and panic as tubers get bounced around and enjoy the carnival-like rides behind the boat.” A perfect encapsulation of summer recreation.

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Fishing at dusk in Quebec
Photo: Maryse Tremblay

Peace and quiet

One look at this stunning photo of Lac aux Os in Dumaine-du-Roy, Que. is enough to convince even the most metropolitan person to considering moving out into the country.

Check out Canada’s most awe-inspiring natural wonders.

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Skaha Lake in Penticton
Photo: Gertrude Welder

Engineering marvel

“The cousins building a channel at Skaha Lake in Penticton, surrounded by smoky haze from the wildfires,” writes Gertrude Welder of Kelowna, B.C.

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Camping at Medicine Lake, Alberta
Photo: Diana Gorski

Clearwater county

“We went camping at Medicine Lake in Alberta; it’s one of my favourite places to go in the summer,” writes Diana Gorski of Edmonton, Alta. “My husband Chris and our son Frankie went out on the boat to do some fishing.”

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Great outdoors
Photo: Marie-Josée Sabourin

Cottage life

Marie-Josée Sabourin of Jonquière Saguenay, Que. took this photo of her sister and two daughters. Pure nostalgia.

These striking photographs pay tribute to an amazing cottage season.

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Cousins enjoying lazy afternoon in pond
Photo: Sharon Peters

Mini adventures

Photographer Sharon Peters of Three Hills, Alta. captured this beautiful shot of cousins enjoying a lazy afternoon on the pond. The photo manages to look planned and spontaneous all at once.

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Two horses and their riders at sunset
Photo: Anne Doerksen

The great outdoors

Anne Doerksen of Carrot River, Sask. captured this majestic photo of two riders on horseback.

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Two children swimming in backyard
Photo: Amanda Cole

Summer fun

“Here are my kids cooling off from the heat while enjoying their favourite summer activity,” writes Amanda Cole of Harbour Grace, N.L. Thanks for sharing, Amanda!

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Early morning horse ride in Manitoba
Photo: Kathy Harness

Morning drive

Photographer Kathy Harness’ idea of summer recreation is a ride on the trails of Carman, Man.

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Horseback riding in Waterton, Alberta
Photo: Nivetha Yogarajeev

A whole new ride

“While visiting friends in Calgary all the way from Toronto, our bladder got us lost on our road trip to Waterton, Alta., and serendipity struck,” writes Nivetha Yogarajeev of Markham, Ont. “I forced myself to face my fear, get on and take charge of the magnificent horse before me.”

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Paddling in Banff National Park
Photo: Fred Allin


When it comes to natural beauty, it’s hard to be Banff National Parkor any of Canada’s national parks, for that matter. Great eye, Fred!

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Dragon Boat races on Credit River, Mississauga
Photo: Karen Allin

River warriors

Every summer, teams compete at the Mississauga Dragon Boat Festival on Credit River.

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Tractor pull event in Baltimore, Ontario
Photo: Norma Keith


Summer recreation doesn’t always involve swimming or boating, as photographer Norma Keith proves in this shot of a tractor-pull event in her native Baltimore, Ont.

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Fishing at Cox Cove, Newfoundland
Photo: Sheri Emerson

Gone fishing

Against the sparkling waters and beautiful mountains of Cox Cove, N.L., this memorable red boat is a tribute to a true Canadian pastime. Thanks for photographer Sheri Emerson for sharing!

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Beach on Vancouver Island
Photo: Mike Lane

A day at the beach

Mike Lane of Saanichton, B.C., found inspiration while at a beach on Vancouver Island.

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