O Canada: Our great country celebrates its 142nd birthday on Wednesday, July 1st, 2009. Readers of our website have submitted photos to help mark the occasion.
Many different kinds of images can convey the essence of our country.
For some, Canada is about people from sea to sea to sea. Faces, therefore, tell the story of our country. For others, our country is about geography, and landscapes best express what Canada is all about.
Faces of Canada: Jim Russell, of Regina, submitted this photo of his daughter, Miranda, at Canada Day celebrations on the grounds of the Saskatchewan legislature in Regina on July 1st, 2008. Miranda is wearing dragon face paint to celebrate Canada's birthday.
Landscapes of Canada: Jay Rudd, originally from England, submitted this photo of a weather-beaten Canadian flag high atop Turtle Mountain in Crowsnest Pass, Alta. The town in the photo is Blairmore, Alta. The Rocky Mountains are in the far distance.
Turtle Mountain was made famous in 1903, when a massive rock slide from the mountain plummeted below to the town of Frank, killing many in the town. Today, Turtle Mountain is a tourist attraction, with the main highway carved through the middle of its mountainous rock.
Rudd is now living below the mountain in Crowsnest Pass and vowed to conquer the mountain before he left Canada. The photo is proof of how far he climbed.
Do you have a photo that represents Canada to you? How are you celebrating Canada Day? Please send us your photos of Canada Day celebrations in your communities.