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How Do You #StandForCanada?

How do you #StandForCanada?

If you’re a Canadian you probably know that on July 1st, 2017 it will be Canada’s 150th birthday. Let’s celebrate that fact and show the world what an awesome country we live in.

How do You #StandForCanada?

I’m lucky to be a Canadian

Why I’m lucky to be a Canadian

There aren’t many countries in the world that offer what we have in Canada. Most of us are here because we were born lucky. We have freedoms other countries literally kill for. We are diverse – and are celebrated for that. We have the freedom to move about our country without being asked for identification. We can vote for whomever we like and worship the God of our choosing.

We live in a country where we don’t fear the police or the army. We don’t worry about the day to day politics and rarely do we think about our safety. We are blessed with natural resources – water, energy, minerals and wood to name a few. Our daily life is secure.

We are the second largest country in the world with an incredibly diverse landscape.  We have mountain ranges, hundreds of rivers, thousands of lakes, 36 national parks, eight national park preserves and several hundred provincial parks along with plenty of wild and untamed wilderness.

I have a lot to be thankful for – though I admit that in day to day life I periodically need to remind myself of that fact.Is it with a cup of Tim Horton’s coffee chatting with your friend in small town Canada? Or is it on the summit of a mountain? Is it canoeing one of our heritage rivers or surfing off the coast of Vancouver Island? Is it helping your neighbour shovel snow or carry their groceries? Perhaps it’s attending an NHL playoff game or watching your kid play soccer. Or maybe it’s listening to the loons on a summer evening.

How do I #StandForCanada? 

Usually it’s in Canada’s wild places – and the wilder and more remote the better. I’ve collected 20 images of myself along with friends and family to give you an idea of the Canada I love.

How do You #StandForCanada? Standing for Canada on the East Coast near Twillingate, Newfoundland in iceberg season

Standing for Canada on the East Coast near Twillingate, Newfoundland in iceberg season

How do You #StandForCanada? My husband standing for Canada in Auyuittuq National Park, Nunavut

My husband standing for Canada in Auyuittuq National Park, Nunavut

How do You #StandForCanada? My friend Jo admiring the Georgian Bay landscape while we're on a kayaking trip

My friend Jo appreciating the beauty of the Georgian Bay landscape while we’re on a kayaking trip

How do You #StandForCanada? Admiring an inuksuk overlooking Lake Superior in Pukaskwa National Park, Ontario

Admiring an inuksuk overlooking Lake Superior in Pukaskwa National Park, Ontario

How do You #StandForCanada? Admiring the view from the lighthouse in Forillon National Park, Quebec

Checking out the view from the lighthouse in Forillon National Park, Quebec

How do You #StandForCanada?My husband is dwarfed by the mountains while backpacking the Skyline Trail in Jasper National Park

My husband is dwarfed by the mountains while backpacking the Skyline Trail in Jasper National Park

How do you #StandForCanada? Keeper the dog keeping an eye on his peeps as they try to remain standing on the slippery Coastal Trail in Pukaskwa National Park

Keeper the dog keeping an eye on his peeps as they try to remain standing on the slippery Coastal Trail in Pukaskwa National Park

How do You #StandForCanada? John checking out the scenery on the Kappan Lookout hike near Tweedsmuir Provincial Park, BC

John on the Kappan Lookout hike near Tweedsmuir Provincial Park, BC

How do You #StandForCanada? I'm checking out the view from the Castle Mountain Lookout hike, Banff National Park

I’m loving the view from the Castle Mountain Lookout hike, Banff National Park

How do You #StandForCanada? My friend Sarah enjoying the reward for hiking to Guinn Pass, Kananaskis Country, Alberta

My friend Sarah enjoying the reward for hiking to Guinn Pass, Kananaskis Country, Alberta

How do You #StandForCanada? I'm loving the scenery on the Lake O'Hara Alpiine circuit, Yoho National Park

I can’t get enough of the scenery on the Lake O’Hara Alpine circuit, Yoho National Park

How do You #StandForCanada? A lesson in balance - Auyuittuq National Park, Nunavut

A lesson in balance – Auyuittuq National Park, Nunavut

How do You #StandForCanada?Bighorn sheep you see standing regularly near Lake Minnewanka, Banff National Park

Bighorn sheep you see standing regularly near Lake Minnewanka, Banff National Park

How do You #StandForCanada? My buddy Ted loving the view from the Nokomis Trail, Lake Superior Provincial Park

My buddy Ted admiring the landscape from the Nokomis Trail, Lake Superior Provincial Park

How do You #StandForCanada? My dog and I at home in the mountains - Nigel Pass, Banff National Park

My dog and I at home in the mountains – Nigel Pass, Banff National Park

How do You #StandForCanada? Hiking in badlands country, Dinosaur Provincial Park, Alberta

Hiking in badlands country, Dinosaur Provincial Park, Alberta

How do You #StandForCanada? On the Alberta - BC border outside the Abbott Pass Hut on the Yoho - Banff National Park boundary

On the Alberta – BC border outside the Abbott Pass Hut on the Yoho – Banff National Park boundary

How do You #StandForCanada? Quintessential Canada - a campfire by a lake

Quintessential Canada – watching over a campfire by a lake

How do You #StandForCanada? Looking for birds on the Boreal Trail, Meadow Lake Provincial Park, Saskatchewan

Looking for birds on the Boreal Trail, Meadow Lake Provincial Park, Saskatchewan

How do You #StandForCanada? Standing - at the end of a portage on the Cameron River, Northwest Territories

Still standing – at the end of a portage on the Cameron River, Northwest Territories

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How do you #StandForCanada?

How do you #StandForCanada?

Leigh McAdam

Leigh McAdam is a Calgary based writer, author, photographer and social media enthusiast with over 57,000 followers. Her blog: HikeBikeTravel is frequently cited as one of the top travel and outdoor adventure blogs in Canada.

Author of Discover Canada: 100 Inspiring Outdoor Adventures
Co-author of 125 Nature Hot Spots in Alberta

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