The beauty & diversity of this land is not only visible in its landscape but in the people who live here.
We are one of the largest countries in the world, second only to Russia. Our beautiful land covers an area of 9.9 million sq. km or 3.8 million sq. miles but it is not just the size of our country that makes it so magnificent.
Canada is known all over the world to be a country of great beauty. A country of peace. A country where people of various cultures live together in harmony. A country that recognises that love is love and are only too happy to make it legal. A country where regardless of whether you have a sore throat or you need brain surgery, there is no angst as to whether you can afford either.
Canada – Glorious & Free. Glorious in its size. Glorious in the diverse beauty of the land from sea to sea. Glorious in the richness & spirit of the people who live here. Free to speak out and voice our opinions. Free to choose our own religion. Free to educate ourselves to the degree that we choose. Free to live in a society that is not ruled by fear.
Now if all of the above reasons do not convince you that Canada is just about the best place on the planet…keep reading!
We are a nation that is hockey crazy. We tend to add the word “eh” to pretty much any sentence. We say “sorry”, a lot. Contrary to popular belief, only a small percentage of Canadians live in igloos! Most of us just live in regular houses:0)
We embrace the change of the seasons, although we complain about the weather ad nauseam!
In the deep cold of winter we layer up & head out to ski, to skate on a frozen lake, dig holes in the ice to go fishing, or simply scream with glee as we slide down a snow packed hill on a toboggan.
In spring we watch as new life sprouts all around us, trees & plants awaken from the long winter to produce vibrant greens & a beautiful canvas of colour. We shed our winter clothing & dust off our golf clubs, dig our bikes out, both motorized & ones with pedals. We go to battle with the bugs; black fly season & mosquitoes!
As spring turns to summer we open our pools & our cottages. We drag out the patio furniture in the hopes of embracing the warmth of the sun for the next few months. Cycling, swimming, hiking, boating are all activities we look forward to in our short summers, knowing that just around the corner cooler weather will once again be upon us.
In the fall, we watch as the landscape transforms to brilliant colours of red & gold, my personal favourite time of year. It is like viewing an artists’ beautiful painting through the eyes of nature. As the last leaves fall off the trees & the snow starts to fall, we get ready to begin the cycle all over again.
We are proud to display our flag on our backpack when we are travelling, although for the most part, we are a humble nation at heart. Even our Prime Minister had to encourage us to wave our flag proudly when we last hosted the Olympics games, suggesting that we could apologise to the world later for our immodesty.
To say that I am a proud Canadian is an understatement. The more I have the opportunity to travel, the more pride I feel in calling Canada home. Whether it’s standing at the top of a mountain blanketed in snow or listening to the call of the loon on our beautiful northern lakes, the feeling is the same. I am blessed to live here & experience all this country has to offer. I can’t imagine living anywhere else!
In 2012, the Canada Tourism Commission challenged Canadians to capture their beloved country on film. It is called 35 Million Directors and below is the 2 minute final cut video of how Canadians view this glorious country we call home. Some of you have most likely seen it but I think it’s worth a second watch!
For those of us who call ourselves Canadian, I hope that you take a moment or two to toast this magnificent country and thank your lucky stars that you too, have the good fortune of living here.
Here is the video:
HAPPY BIRTHDAY CANADA!