Is this Canada? Yes it is!

Happy Canada Day! As it is Canada Day, I’m posting a few photos of the True North, and hoping to both break and encourage fond stereotypes of this wonderful country.

This is because sometimes, when I share pictures with friends and family back in Europe, they’ll ask if we are still in Canada? They never doubt pictures of snow covered mountains or mighty forests as being Canadian, but the following one prompted a few questions:

 Is this Canada?

I think it was the hammock, the lovely blue skies, and lush greenery that made some think we were staying on a tropical island! Hawaii was suggested, and I don’t know that I convinced the doubters when I said Tofino, Vancouver Island. If you don’t know Tofino, it’s maybe not what most think of when asked to picture Canada.

I followed up with the following photographs to help my European friends:


The Tofino minibus finally convinced them I was being truthful, and still in Canada!

Another reason we’re celebrating Canada Day with even more joy than usual, is because we’ve just been given our notice to appear and swear our oath to become Canadian citizens. Before the end of July, our lengthy journey  to be full participants in our new homeland will be complete! We are so very happy about that. We love where we come from, and enjoyed all the places we’ve called home, and are now really excited to be fully committed to where we currently live and intend to stay. That calls for a more obviously Canadian picture, eh?

  This is Canada (so Canadian!)
  Did someone say citizenship? 

I’ll leave you with a few more photos of our small corner of Canada, and wish you a great day wherever you are!

  This is Canada!
  And this is!

  So is this!

  A little Plaid…

  A big moose… 

 Essence of Canada!

  Canada Day breakfast

I hope you enjoyed this Canada-fest. Please feel free to comment or share a Canada story. Thanks for reading, and keep your guy ropes secure.


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I am a would be outdoorsman - that is if I had more time, skills and knowledge. When I can, I love being outdoors, just camping, hiking, snowboarding, xc skiing, snowshoeing, paddling a canoe or trying something new. What I lack in ability, I make up for in enthusiasm and having a go. I'd never really survive for long out there in the wild, but I enjoy pretending I could if I had to...

9 thoughts on “Is this Canada? Yes it is!”

    1. Thanks Walt! We have driven across BC today, a beautiful province, and all the small towns were ready for Canada Day parades, with the red and white everywhere – quite wonderful.
      We will be celebrating at our stopover motel with a Québécois beer!
      Enjoy your evening.


  1. I have not been to Canada in 14 years (!!!), but I spent many childhood summer vacations on Lake Ouimet in Quebec, across from Mont Tremblant (and before Mont Tremblant was super commercialized!). I think that’s where my adult love of the outdoors comes from. Whenever my family would arrive there after a 12-13 hour drive, it always felt like finally being home.

    Congratulations on finding yourself at home in Canada!


  2. I loved the post and I loved the photos, but I’m afraid I just can’t come to visit our neighbors to the North. I’m afraid that afterwards, I won’t want to come home.

    Have you stumbled across Ken Bennison’s Photography? He provides some fantastic photos from the Canadian wilderness.


    1. Western Canada is very scenic! Then, so is much of the US – is it Route 9 that goes from Berkeley Springs to Martinsburg? In the fall, it must one of the prettiest roads I’ve seen, the leaf colours are astonishing!
      Have a wonderful Independence Day tomorrow.


      1. I think it is Route 9. I actually live just a few miles off of 9 about 20 miles south of Martinsburg. If you’re ever down this way again, let me know!


  3. Oh how I enjoyed this trip to Canada, pc, thanks very much. I chuckled throughout your fun and informative post, espec. the Tofino minibus. Wonderful photos of all the beautiful seasons, and exciting news of your impending citizenship. I watch Jeopardy regularly and Alex Trebec is a Canadian and he always gets annoyed with Americans who are sadly ignorant of Canada…so I’ve been working on being more Canada-conscious, and this post was delightful for that. 😀 😀


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