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How does one capture the essence that is Canada into a single report?  The short answer;  you can’t!  There are so many facets to our Country that make it GREAT and make me proud to call it HOME!  It’s the incredible scenery across our vast country, the pride of our heritage, the genuine compassion of our people, the diversity of our population, the variety of our cultures from province to province and the unique factors that make Canada memorable.

CANADIAN PEOPLE are GR-EH-T!

I am a PROUD CANADIAN!

I think John Diefenbaker said it best when he said, I am a Canadian, free to speak without fear, free to worship in my own way, free to stand for what I think right, free to oppose what I believe wrong, or free to choose those who shall govern my country. This heritage of freedom I pledge to uphold for myself and all mankind.” 

This pride in our country is shared by all Canadians whether you are a resident of the gorgeous province of BC, a genuine “FLANDER” or somewhere in between.  We are recognized throughout the world as the “polite society”, saying thank you or sorry with unusual frequency but not without genuine expression.  Our people are our greatest asset!  We have diverse ethnic groups , who co-exist in communities large and small throughout our beautiful country.

Bill Clinton was quoted saying, “In a world darkened by ethnic conflicts that tear nations apart, Canada stands as a model of how people of different cultures can live and work together in peace, prosperity, and mutual respect.”  High praise from the former President of the United States.

CANADA’S GEOGRAPHY is GR-EH-T

The Canadian motto, A Mari Usque ad Mare, means “From sea to sea” and personifies the vastness of our land stretching across 9 984 670 sq kms from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean and running through 6 times zones.  We boast the world’s longest coastline at 202 080 km and have a unique topography that is unique to Canada alone.

Photo credit www.Britishcolumbia.com

Photo credit www.Britishcolumbia.com

Starting in British Columbia on the Pacific Coast, you are subjected to ten mountain ranges that push west from The ROCKIES until they reach the Pacific Ocean and thousand year old majestic trees grace the scenery.  There are glacier-fed streams that pour through valleys flowing into rivers, creating some of the most magnificent viewpoints in the world.  It is a province filled with sea-side fun, famous ski resorts and unique glacier hiking expeditions.

Then travelling on the Trans Canada Highway (which goes

Hoodoos, Badlands, Dinosaur Provincial Park, Alberta, Canada. Photo credit www.nationalgeographic.com
Hoodoos, Badlands, Dinosaur Provincial Park, Alberta, Canada. Photo credit www.nationalgeographic.com

through the entire country), through the intimidating Rocky Mountains you come into the gorgeous province of Alberta with its national parks (Banff is the oldest national park in Canada) which are famous for the ice fields, the forests and the muskeg and then you come across the Alberta Badlands located in southeastern Alberta .  Alberta is also known as the world’s third largest producer of natural gas and the second largest agriculture producer in Canada.

 

The Prairies of Saskachewan.  Photo credit www.oxfordhousesk.ca

The Prairies of Saskachewan. Photo credit www.oxfordhousesk.ca

Moving east you begin to enter the Prairie Provinces, the first of which is Saskatchewan; also known as the “province of 100,000 lakes” and boasts as Canada’s sunniest province.  Driving through the province you will see endless fields but the northern portion of the province has numerous lakes and is a popular stop for canoe enthusiasts.  Prince Albert National Park located in Saskatchewan has a variety of Canadian wildlife in their natural habitat including bison, moose and black bear.  As you follow the Trans-Canada Highway you will pass through the capital of Regina.

Then you are into the prairie province of Manitoba, the centre of Canada.  Manitoba is a

The cultural essence of Manitoba.  Photo credit www.gov.mb.ca

The cultural essence of Manitoba. Photo credit www.gov.mb.ca

beautiful province with a strong historical background.  Early explorers arrived through Hudson Bay in northern Manitoba and set up fur trading posts along the rivers.  The province is rich in minerals and metals because it lies in the area of Canada known as the Canadian Shield.  It is the world leader in the production of nickel.

One of the Wonders of the World NIAGARA FALLS.  Photo credit www.smartontariotravel.com

One of the Wonders of the World NIAGARA FALLS. Photo credit www.smartontariotravel.com

From Manitoba, you enter my home province of Ontario which is vast, beautiful and is home to the one of the  wonders of the world;  Niagara FallsOntario also offers a diverse cultural experience which changes from the multi-cultural and populated city of Toronto to the small rural communities dotted throughout the province.  Ontario is also a vacationer’s dream because it is dotted with lakes and rivers, provincial parks, scenic hiking tours, ski resorts and is home to the oldest provincial park in Ontario and one of the largest parks in North America;  Algonquin Provincial Park which is located just minutes from my house.  Ontario is also home to our nation’s capital; OTTAWA.

As you pass through Ontario, you enter the province of Quebec;  Canada’s largest province

Quebec-A Historical Gem  Photo credit www.quebecregion.com

Quebec-A Historical Gem Photo credit www.quebecregion.com

and French-speaking province.  Quebec is a very historical province and boasts the beautiful cities of Montreal and Quebec City, which is the only walled city north of Mexico.  The majority of the Quebecois live near the shores of the Saint Lawrence River.  The province is the main producer of Maple Syrup in Canada and the Dairy industry is also the largest in Canada.

The New Brunswick coastline   Photo cedit www.travelandescape.com

The New Brunswick coastline Photo cedit www.travelandescape.com

As you cross the border into New Brunswick , you have officially entered the area known as the Maritimes in Canada.  New Brunswick is Canada’s only OFFICIALLY Bilingual province and is made up five diverse regions and has a variety of landscape and attractions.  It has the ocean, beaches, mountains, rivers, cities, small towns and the highest tides in the world in the Bay of Fundy.

Newfoundland and Labrador is the most easterly edge of North

A fishing village with the Iceberg in the distance.  Photo credit www.canada-photos.com

A fishing village with the Iceberg in the distance. Photo credit www.canada-photos.com

America and is where the sun rises first.  The Vikings first landed here over 1000 years ago and is now home to some of the friendliest people you will ever meet.  You have to “kiss the cod” when in Newfoundland and it is an excellent place to visit an iceberg or see a whale.  It has amazing hiking trails and some of the most beautiful and unique scenery in the country.

A gorgeous Lighthouse in Nova Scotia.  Photo credit www.carp.ca

A gorgeous Lighthouse in Nova Scotia. Photo credit www.carp.ca

Nova Scotia is another of Canada’s Maritime Provinces located on the Atlantic Ocean.  It has numerous lakes and long beautiful coastlines and is a popular place to watch puffins and seals.  Also located on the Bay of Fundy, it is also a whale-watching destination and boasts some of the best seafood Canada has to offer.

 

Prince Edward Island is the smallest of Canada’s provinces and is located in the Gulf of St.

The beautiful Red Sand beaches of PEI.  Photo credit www.city-data.com

The beautiful Red Sand beaches of PEI. Photo credit www.city-data.com

Lawrence and is separated from New Brunswick and Nova Scotia by the Northumberland Strait.  It has memorable red sand beaches, lighthouses and fertile farmland.  It has been nicknamed “Garden of the Gulf.”  It has over 90 sandy beaches making it an excellent summer vacation spot.

The beauty of the YUKON.  Photo credit  www.repmag.ca

The beauty of the YUKON. Photo credit www.repmag.ca

Part of Canada’s uniqueness is the Territories which lie to the far north.  The YUKON is located in the northwest corner of Canada’s mainland and  is wild, mountainous and is known for dog-sledding, salmon fishing and other outdoor adventure sports.  The territory is only home to a mere 36,000 strong, rugged Canadians.  The Arctic Circle crosses through the Yukon. The most amazing sight is the colourful northern lights that are often seen.

The Northwest Territories extends from the 60th parallel to the North Pole and includes

The Polar Bear, a habitant of NWT.  Photo credit www.canada.com

The Polar Bear, a habitant of NWT. Photo credit www.canada.com

several large islands located in the Atlantic Ocean.  Great Bear Lake, the 8th largest in the world and Great Slave Lake the deepest lake in Canada are both found in the NWT as is the Mackenzie River which is the longest in Canada.  The weather is severe but the scenery and wildlife is spectacular.

The Northern Lights phenomenon over Nunavut.  Photo credit www.arctickingdom.com

The Northern Light phenomenon over Nunavut. Photo credit www.arctickingdom.com

Nunavut is the largest (having 1/5th of the land in Canada), northernmost, newest (since 1999) and least populated territory in Canada.  It is made up of the mainland and many islands located in the Arctic Ocean, Baffin Island and Ellesmere Island are two of the largest islands.  Many areas of Nunavut are very isolated and residents hunt and fish for survival.  The soil is constantly frozen so fruits and vegetables need to be flown in but is known for fishing whitefish and arctic char and the wildlife is incredible.

“We have it all. We have great diversity of people, we have a wonderful land, and we have great possibilities. So all those things combined there’s nowhere else I’d rather be.  Bob Rae

It is difficult to put my PRIDE in this beautiful country into words.  I love CANADA!  I am a proud “POLITE” Canadian and I honestly believe that everything in Canada is GR-EH-T!  I love listening to fiddle music, chanting to “It’s Hockey Night Tonight”,  having toast and maple syrup, devouring a plate of poutine, eating a delicious Beaver Tail and topping it  off with a Tim Horton’s coffee!  All things Canadian make me proud!

I would like to leave you with this wonderful song that has been an anthem of sorts in my beautiful, small Canadian community; a song that emphasizes  how GR-EH-T Canada is!

Click the Flag to see the video for "SOMETHING to SING ABOUT" with The TRAVELLERS

Click the Flag to see the video for “SOMETHING to SING ABOUT” with The TRAVELLERS

 

Keep tuned in,

Theresa,  A PROUD CANADIAN

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