This coming weekend, many Canadians will be celebrating Canada Day (July 1st) and feeling fortunate to be living in the True North.

My US brother is still with us, and he has been experiencing the cool and rainy coastal temperatures. They are a far cry from the sunny, hot and humid conditions he insists he enjoys in his Maryland/West Virginia home. I’m just as adamant that not too hot, and a little (!) cloud and rain is perfectly fine. Sibling rivalry, and completely absurd, as if we have any say in the weather of our current homes.

“Should I bring him back?”

Brother PC has enjoyed bobbing about on (cold) water, taking long (chilly) hikes on the beaches and forest trails, and sitting (shivering) on a trip out of Tofino to spot bears wandering the shore.DSCF7130 His closest bear encounter was from the safety of the Jeep last weekend, when we took a bumpy and juddering series of muddy forest roads to Mussel beach and Salmon beach. After seeing the bear strolling and browsing along the road, he was a little less insistent on needing to stop the car and pee behind a tree…IMG_20180624_133041

He has enjoyed his time here on the coast, and we’ll be sorry to see him board the little plane that carries him off on his lengthy journey home. Before then, he has this coming weekend to enjoy the Canada Day celebrations in Ucluelet. He is a trifle concerned that if more than several people take part in a parade, who will be left to watch it and cheer it on? I’ve given him an old red Canada Olympic hoodie (apparently, it was a tad chilly earlier) so he can line the streets singlehandedly, and wave people on, clad in the red and white. (There won’t be a parade exactly, more a small yet warm gathering, but I haven’t the heart to tell him. We’ll give him a flag to wave…)

Real beer (Tofino Blonde), and a hint of blue sky. Cheers, Canada!

If you are Canadian, know some Canadians, are in or near Canada, or prefer real beer over Bud (yes, we covered that) then Happy Canada Day, and have a wonderful weekend!

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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...

19 thoughts on “Canada!”

  1. Happy Canada Day, well almost 😊 🇨🇦 geez if only I was Canadian, life would be so sweet. I am one at 💓 I am happy to hear that you had a good visit with your brother. I cherish those times with my own brother especially when we both are getting older. Cheers!

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    1. Cheers, Margaret! It might be chilly(ish) up here from time to time, but there’s always room for another warm-hearted person should you ever need to relocate! Your corner of the world is lovely, and the current nonsense will pass, eventually…
      Hope you’ve had a great day, and enjoy your upcoming Fourth of July!


  2. We will be celebrating Canada Day, as the wife (Bailey) is from Thunder Bay! Nice capture of the bear. Enjoy your weekend and live it up! Lord knows there’s enough natural beauty there to be thankful for.

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  3. I love the composition of the first shot with Scout and your brother. I am hearing about siblings over and over this year and even I got in on the action and visited my brother-it has been 19 years! (very grateful) I will probably see fireworks on the big day as well as nature in a National park so will have it covered. You have displayed pleasant vignettes of what Canada is to you. Happy Canada Day and may you see the full splendor of a sun-filled day!

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  4. Beautiful photos and enjoy your Canada Day celebrations! Although, I was wondering if the caption under that great photo of Scout and your brother was missing the additional caption, “what did you say to your brother this time?” How wonderful to see bears on your Wildlife Drive and thankfully from the safety of the Jeep. It’s only been just over a week and I’m already complaining about the summer heat and humidity and I’m ready for winter!! I wish we had hoodie weather so I could have worn my France hoodie for the great win today over Argentina. I need to study up a little more about football, I don’t understand the late game substitutions of your best players and I thought Argentina might make them pay for that decision. Loved the last photo and hope everyone is enjoying the real beer and blue skies!

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    1. Thank you! My brother leaves tomorrow, and we’ll be sorry to see him go – especially Scout. She’s become very attached to her new chew toy…
      The football has been exciting and exhausting in equal measures, but I think the results have reflected the way teams have played, and that doesn’t always happen. Of course, if England plays badly but somehow wins, I won’t be complaining!
      Hope you’ve had a good weekend!

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