July 1st is Canada Day ! Happy Canada Day !
This year, Canada celebrates 150 years. Sesquicentennial. Ses·qui·cen·ten·ni·al. It means a one-hundred-and-fiftieth anniversary, and if you perfect the pronunciation it’s a real crowd pleaser.
Some will say it is older than 150 years but I think Canada is still a young country. How old is the country where you live ?
Canada is a North American country stretching from the U.S. in the south to the Arctic Circle in the north. Major cities include massive Toronto, west coast film centre Vancouver, French-speaking Montréal and Québec City, and capital city Ottawa. Canada’s vast swaths of wilderness include lake-filled Banff National Park in the Rocky Mountains. It’s also home to Niagara Falls, a famous group of massive waterfalls.
I am Canadian. I was born in Canada and lived in Canada all my life. I grew up in Quebec but I am now living in British Columbia. So I moved from almost one end of the country to the other end. Nature is very different in each provinces. We have beautiful National Parks : Banff , Waterton Lakes, Jasper, Yoho, etc… In fact there are 47 National Parks in Canada. All provinces have it special beauty.
I have not visited Newfoundland yet but I hope to go there one day. You get there by ferry or by plane.
Maritime provinces are very interesting. I have traveled to Nova Scotia twice. I know some parts of New Brunswick. I crossed Prince Edward Island to get to Magdalen Islands. The Magdalen Islands form a small archipelago in the Gulf of Saint Lawrence with a land area of 205.53 square kilometers. Though closer to Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia, the islands form part of the Canadian province of Quebec. I have been twice to Magdalen Islands and I want to go back. I really love the wonderful beaches where you can walk a long time. It is very windy as it is in the gulf of Saint Lawrence. Some people like to go there to do surf kite.
When I moved to BC, I drove across Canada by car. It was an interesting feeling to see my country. And 22 years later, my family ( husband and kids) went on a road trip across Canada.
In Alberta, we spent one night at the Prince of Wales Hotel built in 1920. This hotel is opened only 4 months during the year ( end of May to end of September). It is located in Waterton Lakes National Park.
In Manitoba, we saw bisons.
I was very happy to see our famous Niagara Falls. They are a major tourist attraction for anyone who comes to Ontario.
Quebec City is a lovely city . The iconic Chateau Frontenac ( Fairmont Hotel) is a wonderful historic building. This heritage urban resort with its breathtaking views of the St. Lawrence River and the architecture of the Old fortified City, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site is always great to see.
Now that I live on the West Coast, I want to see more of my province. There is so much to see here in BC. I love traveling and I plan on seeing more each year.
I share two photos showing down-town (taken from the North Shore). The sea-bus is transporting pedestrians to and from the North Shore.
To all Canadians, Happy Canada Day.
…and to you all who read my blog, Thank you ! Maybe you can tell me what is your favorite city in Canada ( if you have been visiting or living here). I know it is a difficult question.