Canada 150 – My Beautiful Country

Summer in Canada to me means going somewhere and seeing some of my beautiful country.  Canada is such a wonderfully diverse country and I appreciate it all…prairies, mountains, ocean, and our cities, too. I’ve only been as far east as Quebec City, and would love to see the east coast of Canada someday.

Summer Solstice, English Bay, Vancouver 2013

Summer Solstice 2013 2

Quebec City, 2010 (wow, seven years ago already!)


Banff (these pictures are from 2014)

Great Bear Rainforest, British Columbia, June, 2013

Seaplane Perspective
Prince Rupert to Hartley Bay in a seaplane

Bishop Bay Hot Springs in the Great Bear Rainforest

Bishop Bay Hot Springs Sparkle 3

Near Gull Lake, Saskatchewan, July 2016

summer storm


Prince Albert National Park, June 2016

Prince Albert National Park sunset - June 2016-2

Near Mankota, Saskatchewan, September 2016





into the storm

What a summer it’s been for storms on the prairies!  Here’s a shot of storm clouds from the side of the road near Gull Lake, Saskatchewan on Saturday morning.

summer storm-2


“It’s opener, out there, in the wide, open air.”
― Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

Whether by plane..

somewhere between Vancouver and Calgary
Somewhere over the mountains between Vancouver and Calgary, March, 2015

or by train…

by train
near Field, British Columbia, July, 2014

Maybe by boat…

Great Bear II
Great Bear II, home for a week in June 2013 (I had the best afternoon naps on the days we were traveling between inlets – the gentle rocking of the boat was very relaxing!)

But very likely by car…

Mackinac Bridge
Crossing the Mackinac Bridge in Northern Michigan, June, 2010 (I found  the town kinda creepy, maybe it was the rainy weather, but it seemed a bit like a ghost town).

Whatever direction you choose…

so many choices
sign in Prince Rupert, British Columbia, June, 2013

Just go somewhere this summer!

just go
Great Bear Rainforest, June, 2013

(All this to say I’m looking forward to camping in Jasper very soon!)

to the mountains

Three more sleeps until vacation time!  I can’t wait.  I didn’t take as much time off this summer as I normally would for a variety of reasons and I’m ready for a change of scenery.  I have my books picked out, I have some new music and made some new playlists (I’m big on playlists) and am starting to pack.  Things are coming together.

Can’t wait to see this view…



clark’s nutcracker

According to the Jasper guidebook I had handy on the trip, this is a Clark’s Nutcracker.  These were taken at the Endless Chain mountain road side pull-out on the Icefields Parkway between Jasper and Banff. I really wanted to see mountain goats on this trip, but they proved elusive. I settled for buying an art print of a mountain goat at a store in Jasper.

off to the mountains

Two days of work and then I’m off to the mountains…not the mountains in this picture just outside of Banff…but close.  Not sure if I’ll be posting anything while I’m away, maybe the odd pic from my phone.  Thank you for your visits so far, hopefully I’ll have lots of interesting pics to post when I return.  I’m excited to put my new camera to work!