Happy Birthday Canada!

An incredible day at Lake Louise

The privilege to live in the country I call home has never been lost on me, but in the midst of a pandemic, I have never felt more grateful to reside in my beloved Canada. 🇨🇦

It’s a genetic crapshoot when it comes to the place & people we are born into.  Living in Canada, for me, often feels like I won the lottery.

Over the past 4 or 5 months, we have all watched as countries across our globe have struggled with the impacts of Covid-19.

Some more successful than others in their strategies, some tragically suffering unbelievable loss of life.

Here in Canada, I feel that our various levels of government, regardless of what political party they stand for, have worked tirelessly & collectively together, to the best of their ability, to ensure Canadians are safe & well.

Is it perfect?  Of course not.  But when I read & hear how other countries are faring through all of this chaos, once again, I find myself counting my blessings to live where I do.

And so, as Canada celebrates its 153rd birthday today, I encourage my fellow Canadians to take a moment to reflect on all this beautiful country offers us.

I have had the pleasure of seeing & experiencing much of our country, although I still have a few provinces to tick off my list.  I think that may become my priority over the next little while!

This Canada Day, we may not be able to participate in the same kind of celebration we have had in the past, but we can & should stand proud & acknowledge the bounty of gifts this beautiful nation of ours offers us.

How incredibly lucky we are to call Canada home.

I leave you with a wonderful video I shared in a previous post.  When the Canada Tourism Commission challenged Canadians in 2012 to capture their beloved country on film, they received 65 hours of video & 7000 submissions.  Below is the 2 minute final cut, a snapshot of our home & native land.  Happy Birthday Canada! 😘🇨🇦🎉  

Near or far, may we never stop exploring!  Stay safe & well my friends.

Hugs,

L❤️

You can read more of my thoughts on being Canadian here & here

 

 

 

 

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53 Responses to Happy Birthday Canada!

  1. John says:

    Happy Birthday!!! I get it; I’m a fan! But, it can get a little cold up there!

  2. Jane Fritz says:

    So well said. We are blessed indeed to be Canadian. Not perfect for sure, especially for some subsets of our population, but compared to most other countries, we remain compassionate and committed to the greater good. Happy Canada Day, Lynn!

    • Lynn says:

      Yes, we still have much work to be done, that’s for sure. Wishing you a wonderful Canada Day🇨🇦 Thanks for visiting!

  3. Deb Patrick says:

    Hey Lynn! I have been thinking this very thing for the last week leading up to today’s celebrations. This is my 39th year in Canada and never have I been more grateful to be here than over this past few months. It makes me sad as I see my home in the US become less and less like the place I grew up in, but I am thankful every day that my new home welcomed me with open arms and has never left me in need. This pandemic has been the final push I need to finally buckle down, do the damn annoying paperwork, and finally take out my Canadian citizenship. God Bless Canada and long may she set the bar for creating a caring and beautiful place to be.

    • Lynn says:

      I can’t imagine how heartbreaking it must be for you with everything going on south of the border. Happy to raise a glass or two with you when you file that citizenship girlfriend!😘

  4. Its a great country, just too cold for us. Cheers!

    • Lynn says:

      30 degrees Celsius here (about 90 Fahrenheit) all week! The key to the cold is to have proper clothing & embrace all that winter offers. It truly is a gorgeous time of year. I haven’t convinced you, have I?🤔. Thanks so much for visiting today, truly appreciated.

  5. Ingrid says:

    Canada is definitely a beautiful country. Happy Birthday Canada, eh!

  6. Cheryl Marsh says:

    WOW, never better said Lynn thank you!!
    My tears testify esp. in these challenging times, we are SO blessed here.
    Wishing you & yours a wonderful holiday, hi’s to all.
    CHEERS, love & hugs, C xo

    Sent from my iPad

  7. Norm 2.0 says:

    Very well put Lynn. I swear I have never felt as much gratitude for the country we live in as I have in the past few months. Happy Canada Day!

  8. KC says:

    I’ll have to consider a relocation; I ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜 the cold❣️
    Happy Birthday.

  9. Carolyn MacDonald says:

    Indeed, Indeed, Lynn, we won the lottery for the privilege to be able to call ourselves Canadian. About the severe cold, wind and rain in parts of Canada… there is no such thing as bad weather just inappropriate clothing! Ha! Happy Canada Day!

  10. Happy Birthday Canada. I was just reading about the health care system in Canada and was amazed at how very different it is from neighboring U.S. policies! Wow a world of difference. It sure does seem that overall Canada has done a great job with regard to Corona management. Well done Canada!

    Peta

    • Lynn says:

      Peta, we are so grateful for our healthcare system. Whether it’s a trip to the emergency for stitches or brain surgery, we need not worry. We are so fortunate!

      Our numbers are stable with the exception of a few pockets where there is a larger density of population. We have taken a very slow & cautionary approach in reopening, still have a ways to go, but fingers crossed we continue on a positive path. Thanks for stopping by my friend. Hope all is well in Mexico after your scarey week last week! 😘❤️🤗

  11. Sue Slaght says:

    Lynn there has not been a single day since May when I have not expressed gratitude to live in Canada. Like you, I was smitten long before the pandemic. Should it be a very long time until we feel comfortable leaving the land of the maple leaf, we will still have so much to explore at home. The video certainly shows the possibilities.Happy Canada Day! Xo

    • Lynn says:

      I just love that video Sue! I know you share as much of a desire to travel as I do. It may look a little different for the next while but I truly hope the day returns when we can once again plan beyond our own borders but in the meantime, you are absolutely right, we have so much to explore in our own gorgeous country. Start planning!😂🇨🇦❤️

  12. Happy Birthday Canada! You’ve got Trudeau; we’ve got Trump…says a lot! I haven’t felt patriotic since the 2016 election. Hopefully, November will bring us Biden. I am envious. I visited Victoria and Vancouver and found them both wonderful.

  13. restlessjo says:

    Wishing you many happy Canada Days to come, Lynn 🙂 🙂

  14. Ally Bean says:

    Happy Canada Day! May your celebration be the best! 🇨🇦

  15. Al says:

    Happy Canada Day, Lynn, a beautiful country that I have visited far too little.

  16. What a great 2 minutes! Loved the active shots, the animals, night sky, and happiness from all involved. You make me want to visit Canada right now!!!! Happy birthday, Canada!

    • Lynn says:

      Isn’t it awesome? When I first posted it back in 2013, a friend of mine was so excited as he shared his wife was in the shot where the whales are alongside the boat! It truly is an awesome place to visit!🇨🇦❤️ Thank you so much for the birthday wishes. Hope you can visit some day.🤗

  17. Perpetua says:

    We are indeed lucky, one of the best place on earth and I happen to live in the wetcoast of Vancouver. Great to be Canadian, eh. Read this … too funny coming from The New Yorker. https://www.newyorker.com/humor/daily-shouts/make-america-canada-again

  18. Canada is a shining star, Lynn, and your pride in your home is justly deserved. I’m certain there are people all over the world who wish they’d had your good fortune to be born in Canada. Happy Canada Day … and the video is fabulous! ~Terri

    • Lynn says:

      Isn’t that video fun Terri? I love that it was all submissions from Canadians & edited into the two minute video they created. I have always been incredibly grateful to live in Canada but this year that gratitude grew exponentially ❤️🇨🇦. I think my fellow Canadians felt the same as last evening the skies were bursting with fireworks! We have never seen anything like it!

  19. Ann Coleman says:

    Happy Birthday, Canada! And yes, you are very lucky to live where the opposing political parties actually work together to address this pandemic. Ours sure don’t!

    • Lynn says:

      It has been a nice change Ann. Usually they bicker & name call back & forth like little bad tempered children but through this pandemic, for once they seem to be on the same page working towards a positive outcome.

  20. Wishing you continued blessings in your beloved home of Canada. When I lived in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, I had the opportunity to meet many Canadians at the CAN-AM BEACH DAYS. Such a blessing! I met so many wonderful Canadian families. 🙂 Great times! Wonderful people!

  21. Lynn, I know I live in a different country but I wanted to respond to your post with “Ditto!” We are indeed the lucky ones. If someone said “you have to leave your country, choose another one”, Canada would definitely be on the list. (Probably only second to New Zealand under Jacinda Adern. 😉 )

    • Lynn says:

      Heather, what a lovely compliment, given you live in such an amazing part of our world. Australia also appears to faring well through Covid, I suspect through good leadership on the part of those making difficult but necessary decisions. I still dream of visiting one day. Hopefully I will still have the opportunity 💕

      Jacinda Adern is even talked about here in the news in Canada. Sounds like she is a very strong leader for her country!

      • Well, it does help that I have a) such lovely blogging friends from Canada and b) a Canadian niece to make it an easy alternative to choose. 🙂

        Yes, still a bit shocked and immensely grateful that our governments were able to put aside their partisanship and ideologies to do what was necessary for the good of us all. Not everyone has been so lucky as we know.

  22. Will you please adopt me? I’d love to be able to call myself a Canadian.

  23. George says:

    Happy Belated Canada Day, Lynn and thank you for that beautiful video. I think I’ll need to take a road trip when this all dies down.

  24. Mama Cormier says:

    It’s so nice to meet another Canadian blogger. I look forward to reading more of your posts in the future. This Canada Day was certainly different from those in the past but people managed to celebrate in their own way. Many had their own little fireworks displays and they’ve continued right up till last night. At first I thought that some were celebrating July 4th as well but I think some people just like to make a lot of noise. Cheers from Toronto! Carol

    • Lynn says:

      Carol, we are just east of Toronto. We could believe the fireworks going off in our area. Not sure if it was because there were no official fireworks or people were just in the mood to celebrate!

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