Sunday, July 3, 2011

O Canada

 Friday was July 1, Canada Day.  Sarah took this picture at the town fireworks display that night, trying out her camera's fireworks setting. 
She also took this picture at the grade 8 year end camping trip to Banff.  This is Castle Mountain.  The picture is a little hazy because the entire province has been covered in haze from a massive forest fire north of Fort MacMurray.

I'm so thankful we live in Canada, for a number of reasons.  Number one would be the freedom we have in this great nation of ours.  We are a safe, stable, democratic country with great education and healthcare, which I do not take for granted.

Number two would be the amazing beauty of this land.  I have been through most of the country, with the exception of the far north and Newfoundland.  I have seen so many beautiful things, both oceans, mountains, valleys, lakes and rivers, and the prairies, of course!  Many times my jaw has dropped as I have viewed a particular vista.  Right now we are getting ready for the canola to bloom in our province, and the beauty of the yellow fields against the green pines and the massive blue sky is a sight to behold.

Number three would be our people.  Canada is the country it is because of our people, whether we came here in the 1700's, like some of my ancestors, or just arrived this year.  This land, for all it's beauty, is challenging and extreme, and has made a nation of stoic, hardworking, patient people.

I would be remiss to not express my gratitude for this amazing country I live in.  My sister says we won the lottery by being born in Canada, and I must agree!


  1. Those photos are great! The fireworks shot is stunning and the mountains... just wow.

    I wanted to live in Canada once. I visited the country and fell in love with it. And you're right to be thankful for not only freedom but also the social support systems (healthcare and education) that make living that freedom to the fullest of our potential possible. It is a true gift that not everyone has.

    This Good Life

  2. Thanks! My 13 year old daughter took those pictures with her little point and click camera, and I though they turned out really well! She will be so pleased with your compliment, especially after I show her some of your pictures. I am very grateful to live in a country that considers health care and education a priority, it allows our people to develop as far as they wish to. It's not something we take for granted, that's for sure.