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Photo Friday | My Favourite Places in Canada

This on Photo Friday is is all about Canada. I love my home and native land, so I wanted to share some of my favorite photos from my travels around Canada. Unfortunately I haven’t been to every city/region/province in Canada, but I’ve been to a few places across the country and I look forward to visiting more of my country in the future. Here are some of my favourite places in Canada.

British Columbia

Inner Harbour in Victoria, Canada.

I always love getting out to Victoria, it’s a pretty city with lots to do. This is the inner harbour.

Vancouver Skyline from Stanley Park.

I recently visited a friend who lives in Vancouver, one of the prettiest cities I’ve been to. This is the Vancouver Skyline from Stanley Park.

Vineyards in Okangana

The Okanagan Region – vineyards, Lake Okanagan, and mountains – pretty nice.

Alberta

Wonderland Sculpture Calgary.

Calgary might be my hometown’s rival city, but Calgary is really cool city with lot’s to do. This is the famous Wonderland sculpture in Downtown Calgary.

Horsethief Canyon outside of Drumheller.

The Alberta Badlands are one of the most underrated areas in the province, and one of my favorite to visit. This is Horsethief Canyon outside of Drumheller.

North Saskatchewan River Valley and The Edmonton Queen Riverboat in Edmonton.

One of my favorite areas of Edmonton is the river valley. This is a view of North Saskatchewan River Valley and The Edmonton Queen Riverboat from Louise McKinney Park.

Banff and The Rocky Mountains

Of course The Rocky Mountains are one of the most iconic landmarks in Canada. Here is a slightly cloudy view of Banff and The Rockies from Sulphur Mountain.

Saskatchewan

Mac the Moose outside of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan.

Mac the Moose outside of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. Moose Jaw is a really cute little city in Saskatchewan with some interesting history. Plus I’ve got some awesomely artistic family members who lives there to. Check out Parsons-Dietrich Pottery (inside the little church along the TransCanada Highway) if you’re ever in Moose Jaw.

Canola Fields outside of Humboldt.

Canola Fields outside of Humboldt. Saskatchewan isn’t just these flat spaces (there’s a lot of lakes in the province and a huge chunk of land is boreal forest). Still I love these wide open spaces and the “oceans” of crops like wheat and canola.

South Saskatchewan River

I wrote earlier about my winter road trip to Saskatoon. A cold time to visit the city, but the views South Saskatchewan River are still pretty nice.

Manitoba

The Odena Celebration Circle at The Forks in Winnipeg, Manitoba on my Canada road trip last year. The Forks is a public space in Winnipeg, but it was originally a meeting place for early Aboriginal peoples of Canada.

Sadly my time in Manitoba has been very brief because I’ve only spent 1 night in the province. Here is The Odena Celebration Circle at The Forks in Winnipeg.

Ontario

Terry Fox Statue outside of Thunder Bay

Terry Fox is one of the most iconic and beloved figures in Canada. When he was 18 Fox was diagnosed with cancer and had to get his right leg amputated. He decided to run across Canada in a Marathon of Hope to raise money for cancer research. In 1980 Fox began his marathon in St. John’s, Newfoundland and ran over 5300km before he was forced to stop his marathon outside Thunder Bay when the cancer had spread to his lungs. Fox died in 1981 and although he never completed his cross-Canada marathon his legacy became an inspiration for the entire country. Every September Canadians across the country participate in the Terry Fox run to raise money for cancer research. This memorial statue outside of Thunder Bay is one of many tributes to Terry Fox across Canada.

Horseshoe Falls in Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls is an iconic landmark right on the border of Canada and the US. While there are 3 waterfalls in Niagara Falls this one (Horseshoe Falls) is probably the most well-known and photographed one.

A couple years ago I went on a press trip to Chatham-Kent, a really interesting area of southern Ontario I'd never heard of before. Chatham-Kent was one of the earliest Black settlements in Canada.

In 2013 I went on a press trip to Chatham-Kent, which is a region in southern Ontario. Chatham-Kent was one of the earliest Black settlements in Canada and has a lot of fascinating history that I think a lot of Canadians don’t even know about (I know I never learned about this side of Canadian history in school). Many people might be familiar with the book Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe. The character of Uncle Tom was based on the memoirs of Reverend Josiah Henson, an abolitionist who lived in the Chatham-Kent region. This is home where Henson lived (Uncle Tom’s Cabin) which is an Ontario Historic site that anyone can now visit.

St. Lawrence Hall in Toronto

St. Lawrence Hall in Toronto, located across from the famous St. Lawrence Marketplace. St. Lawrence Hall was a meeting hall, concert venue, and used for many different events throughout Toronto’s history.

Senate in Canadian Parliament in Ottawa

I didn’t have the best time in Ottawa, but I’m glad I went to my nation’s capital city. While I was there I did a tour of the Canadian Parliament and got to see the Senate, which is one of the three parts of the Canadian parliament. There wasn’t a Senate in session while I was there (which is why I could take a photo of the Senate).

Quebec

Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, Quebec

Gatineau Quebec is located right across the Ottawa River from Ottawa, Ontario. This is the great hall inside the Canadian Museum of History, which is a really awesome museum that has exhibits about the history of Canada, from the west coast to the east coast.

Montreal, Quebec.

There are some places you fall in love with instantly; that’s how I felt in Montreal. It doesn’t hurt that the city has amazing architecture, food, and history among other things.

New Brunswick

Capitol Theatre, Moncton

Several years ago I went to New Brunswick on route to visit I friend and I spent a night in Moncton. It was a very quick trip (my jet lag didn’t help), but this is a photo of The Capitol Theatre in downtown Moncton.

Prince Edward Island

A few years ago I was driving in Prince Edward Island and I came across this beach.

My time in Prince Edward Island was much much too short. A night in a province isn’t enough time, even if it’s the smallest province in Canada. While I didn’t get to see a lot of PEI I did get to see this beautiful red sand beach.

Nova Scotia

Pier 21 Museum in Halifax, Nova Scotia

I explained in my photo 6 Places in Canada I Need to Revisit that this was the only photo I took in Halifax…actually it was the only photo I took in Nova Scotia (aside from a very blurry photo of a lighthouse). Despite my lack of photos and time in Nova Scotia, the Pier 21 Museum is a really cool museum to check out in Halifax. And this is another reminder why you shouldn’t expect to see a province in a day or two. I definitely want to get back out east and see more of this region of Canada.

What’s your favourite place in Canada?

2 Responses to Photo Friday | My Favourite Places in Canada

  1. Colleen Brynn August 29, 2015 at 9:40 AM #

    Great collection of photos, really shows the diversity in our country!
    I had no idea about the history you talk about in Chatham-Kent… since I am living in Southern Ontario now, I am going to have to look this up!

    • Alouise September 6, 2015 at 5:45 PM #

      Chatham-Kent was a a really interesting area, and I had no idea about the history there until I went on that trip. If you’re in Southern Ontario it’s definitely worth checking out. Thanks for the comment Colleen.

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