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Joy to the World: Joyful Photography From Across Canada

We challenged everyday Canadians to capture the people and things in their lives that bring them joy, and the resulting shots are sure to warm your heart. Check out this positively joyful gallery of original Canadian photography!

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Dog looking at Christmas treePhoto: Jen St. Louis

Paws-itively Joyful

The holidays bring immense joy, indeed! Jen St. Louis of Elmira, Ont. beautifully captures the magic and splendour of Christmas with this striking shot.

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Christmas ornaments Photo: Cheryl Power

Holiday Cheer

Our “Joy” Theme Pic Challenge inspired Cheryl Power of Newfoundland and Labrador to send us this cute photo. “My daughter Emily is my life, my happiness and my joy. I always put these two ornaments together on our tree—it just seems fitting,” she writes.

Check out more inspiring holiday decorating ideas from across Canada.

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Cat laying in boxPhoto: Cheryl Power

If I Fit, I Sit

Here’s another photo by Cheryl Power, who really nailed our Theme Pic Challenge by weaving in a holiday theme. “Nothing says joy more than a cat and a box, and Gandalf loves boxes,” she writes. (What a cute name for a cat!)

Check out more funny family Christmas photos!

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Smiling baby with pumpkinsPhoto: Richard Main

Autumn Fun

Richard Main of Thunder Bay, Ontario, sent in this photo of an adorable child who, by the looks of it, can’t get enough of pumpkins!

Don’t miss this cute gallery of Canadian kids enjoying the great outdoors.

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Winter landscape in BanffPhoto: Diana Gorski

Nature’s Heart

For many, joy is really about inner peace. Diana Gorski of Edmonton took this wonderful photo in Banff. She writes: “Mountains bring me joy … it’s the one place I can really feel joie de vivre.”

Check out these amazing things to do in Banff on your next vacation.

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Grandparents with grandchildPhoto: Sharon Peters

Family Time

Photographer Sharon Peters of Three Hills, Alberta, writes: “Spending time with our grandchildren, watching them grow, and being part of their many activities brings us great joy.” Beautiful photo, and even sweeter words!

Check out more of Sharon’s fantastic photography in this gallery of gorgeous railway photos.

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Baby being welcomed into the familyPhoto: Joyce Stolte

Welcome to the Family

Photographer Joyce Stolte of Edmonton captured one of the most joyous moments of all: a new addition to the family. Beautiful photo, Joyce!

You can see more of Joyce’s photography in this gallery of hauntingly beautiful images.

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Santa Claus with familyPhoto: Dorene Radmacher

Jolly Old Saint Nicholas

Dorene Radmacher of Kamloops, B.C., sent us this cheerful photo of a family visit to see Santa Claus. Thanks for sharing, Dorene!

Don’t miss these hilarious stories of how people learned the truth about Santa Claus.

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Home with Christmas lightsPhoto: Todd Bellamy

Home Sweet Home

Todd Bellamy of Terrace, B.C., writes: “Home is where the heart of Christmas lives. Our ’50s rancher nestled in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest of B.C.”

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Wolf siblings Photo: Norma Keith


Photographer Norma Keith of Baltimore, Ontario, captured this awe-inspiring moment between wolf siblings at the Haliburton Wolf Centre.

Don’t miss these spectacular wildlife photos from Rattray Marsh Conservation Area.

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Chorus line dancers Photo: Fred Allin

Dancing Shoes

Fred Allin of Etobicoke, Ontario, writes: “While on vacation in the Yukon, we enjoyed this old Western variety show!”

For one Our Canada contributor, this was the best part of the Yukon.

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Boat at dock of the bayPhoto: Sheri Emerson Sanders

Big Boy’s Joy

Sheri Emerson Sanders of Elkford, B.C., reminds us how joyous nature can be. And with that awesome boat, being one with nature is that much easier!

Missing summer? Check out this photographic tribute to the cottage.

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Black dog near oceanPhoto: Karen Carley

A Dog’s Life

This photo by Karen Carley of Okotoks, Alberta, proves that joy can be many things. For Thumper the dog, it’s discovering seagulls to chase at the ocean!

Find out what it’s like taking a cross-Canada road trip with two dogs and a cat!

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Three adults sitting on tree Photo: Tammy Green


Tammy Green of Harrington Harbour, Quebec, writes: “Haven’t seen my cousins in 27 years, so this October I made my way across Canada to see them. We thought it would be fun to make some childhood memories!”

Here are 10 Canadian road trips you need to take at least once.

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Little boy playing with tractorPhoto: Deb Sandau

Speed Racer

Speaking of happy photos, here’s one from Deb Sandau of Red Deer, Alberta. It sure seems like this little one has cultivated a love of tractors!

Don’t miss this gallery of great Canadian car photography.

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Carollers Photo: Karen Allin


One of the great joys of the holiday season is the sight of carollers. Karin Allin of Mississauga, Ontario, captured the Baker Street Victorian Carollers at the Bradley Museum.

Psst—this is the oldest Christmas carol. (Hint: It’s not Silent Night!)

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Cute dog wearing Christmas hatPhoto: Linda Sweeney

Fur Baby

Our Theme Pic Challenge inspired Linda Sweeney of Miramichi, New Brunswick, to send us this photo of her adorable fur baby Charlie. Thanks, Linda!

Find out how one Our Canada contributor learned to love the Canadian winter.

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Family putting up the Christmas treePhoto: Frank Koenig

Family Tradition

Frank Koenig of Morinville, Alberta, writes: “One of our many joys is on my wife’s birthday when the children and grandchildren come out and put the Christmas tree up.”

Check out more Christmas tree photos from across Canada.

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Christmas ornaments Photo: Gertrude Welder

Au Naturel

This photo from Gertrude Welder of Kelowna, B.C., features a beautiful contrast between the bright ornaments and their natural winter backdrop.

Don’t miss this gallery showcasing the beauty of the Canadian winter.

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Dog playing fetch with ballPhoto: Norman Dyrvik

Go Fetch!

Norman Dyrvik of Sherwood Park, Alberta, writes: “Our dog Boomer’s definition of joy.”

Next, check out the best places to spend Christmas in Canada.
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