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30 Canadians Reveal What They’re Most Thankful For

During trying times, it's important to count our blessings. We asked our readers, "What are you thankful for?" From important people to places, find out what inspires gratitude among these 30 Canadians.

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Canadian Snowbirds flyingPhoto: Alan Cheng

Snowbirds

Alan Cheng of Scarborough, Ontario, writes: “Thanks to the Snowbirds for brightening up our skies with their aerobatic skills!” We couldn’t agree more.

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Sunset and silhouettePhoto: Tammy Green

Sunsets

“Here’s my daughter and her two sons watching the sunset in May,” writes Tammy Green of Harrington Harbour, Quebec. “It was taken from the top of our little island!”

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TulipPhoto: Joyce Stolte

Tulips

Joyce Stolte of Edmonton is thankful for the flower that symbolizes the arrival of spring.

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Pier in Petawawa, OntarioPhoto: Robbie Gorr

Hometowns

Robbie Gorr is most thankful for his understated hometown: Petawawa, Ontario.

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Quirky front yard and gardenPhoto: Barbara Schmidt

Gardens

Along with her garden, Barbara Schmidt of Kelowna, B.C., is also thankful for her wonderful husband and large family, as well as her cute dog Casper!

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Spotted owlPhoto: Maryalice Wood

Barred owls

“These barred owls thrill us every time we see or hear them,” writes Maryalice Wood of Langley, B.C. “They make us appreciate how wonderful nature really is!”

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Zoom chat between family membersPhoto: Paula Brown

Family

“This is my 70th birthday—celebrated with Shelly and our granddaughters remotely,” writes Paula Brown of Ottawa. Happy belated, Paula!

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Cute smiling girlPhoto: Anne Jarvis

Grandchildren

According to Anne Jarvis of Victoria, B.C., her granddaughter is a precious gem of life.

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Teenage boy celebrating his birthdayPhoto: Christine Cobel

Birthdays

Christine Cobel’s teenage son, seen here adding candles to his birthday cake, was born on May 1. Thanks for sharing, Christine!

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Water bomber demonstrationPhoto: Frank Koenig

Wildfire crews

Frank Koenig of Morinville, Alberta, snapped this pic of a water bomber demo in Lac La Biche. “I’m thankful for these planes in the fight against forest fires.”

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Travelling in South Africa during the 1970sPhoto: Mike Lane

Memories of travel

“I was able to travel all over the world when I was in my 20s,” writes Mike Lane of Saanichton, B.C. “The 1970s was the golden age of overland travel, and buses could take you from London to Kathmandu, or from Johannesburg to Algiers. It was glorious!”

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Pack of deerPhoto: Susan Muehmer

Peaceful moments

Susan Muehmer of Delaware, Ontario, couldn’t have picked a more peaceful moment!

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Canadian flagPhoto: Pamela Buck

Canadian landscapes

Pamela Buck snapped this patriotic pic on Colombia Beach in Vancouver Island.

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Chocolate Labrador dogPhoto: Lynn Mabley

Dogs

“My chocolate Lab fills my days with love,” writes Lynn Mabley of Hinton, Alberta.

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SunsetPhoto: Debbie Browne

Sunrises

“I’m not only thankful that the sun rises every morning,” writes Debbie Browne of Spruce Grove, Alberta, “but that I’m able to enjoy it from my window too.”

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Montreal winterPhoto: Lakshmi Anand

Canadian winters

For many Canadians, including Lakshmi Anand of Toronto, winter is the best season.

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Colourful flowersPhoto: Jacquie Gartman

Apple blossoms

“I’m thankful for the apple blossoms on the Pacific Gala tree,” writes Jacquie Gartman of Oliver, B.C. “It’s great knowing the new crop is on the way!”

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KayakingPhoto: Christine Souka

Open spaces

Christine Souka of Mackenzie, B.C., is most grateful for this jaw-dropping view.

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Baby deerPhoto: MaryLin Howard

Nature

“What a wonderful surprise I came upon while on a walk in a local marsh: the beautiful sight of a newborn white-tailed deer fawn,” writes MaryLin Howard of Blenheim, Ontario.

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Photo collectionPhoto: Deb Sandau

Cameras

“I’m thankful for my camera,” writes Deb Sandau of Red Deer, Alberta. “Though I may not be able to see all of those I love or travel to new places, I’m lucky enough to have these on my wall to remind me of good times.”

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Happy smiling familyPhoto: Deborah Garrison

Family time

“I’m grateful for the time I get to spend with my daughter and grandson,” writes Deborah Garrison of Rocky View County, Alberta. “We adopted my daughter when she was three. I’m so grateful for her, and I’m proud to call her my best friend.”

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Farm landscapePhoto: Krystle Del-Ben

Bright colours

“I’m thankful for the beautiful colours in our own backyard,” writes Krystle Del-Ben of Leamington, Ontario. “This photo represents the beauty of Canada and all it has to offer!”

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Lavender fieldsPhoto: Norma Keith

Lavender fields

You don’t need to leave the country to visit a lavender field, as noted by this pretty photo from Norma Keith of Baltimore, Ontario.

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Road trip among friendsPhoto: Heidi Sanita

Road trips

Heidi Sanita of Pickering, Ontario, snapped this pic while on the road with her longtime pals.

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Fall/autumn coloursPhoto: Shirleen Lanthier

Autumn scenery

Many people love autumn for the cooler weather, bonfires and Halloween. For Shirleen Lanthier of Cornwall, Ontario, however, it’s all about the changing colours of the leaves!

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Two best friendsPhoto: Cathy Gauthier

Best friends

Cathy Gauthier of Magnetawan, Ontario, first met her best friend 30 years ago. “I never, ever had a best friend until her,” she writes. “I learned about compassion and goodness from her, and I don’t know where I’d be without her.”

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Cute little girl smiling and laughing while running on a sidewalkPhoto: Ann Lane

The laughter of children

“I’m thankful to see the simple happiness of childhood,” writes Ann Lane of Cobourg, Ontario.

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DucklingsPhoto: Olivia Lane

The arrival of spring

The best thing about spring—other than the warmer weather, of course—is the return of migrating animals. Thanks for sharing, Olivia!

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Persian cat on a windowsillPhoto: Deborah Hattie

Cats

Deborah Hattie and her Persian cat, Reddi-Belle, spend their days entertaining each other!

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Beautiful, smiling elderly womanPhoto: Susan Norberg

Mothers

“My mom lives in a senior’s facility and while I talk to her on the phone everyday, I hadn’t seen her in person for almost two months,” writes Susan Norberg of Eckville, Alberta. “It was very special to finally see her face-to-face at 89 years young!”

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