These uplifting stories made 2020 hurt a little less in Canada
Here are some of the bright spots CBC News found across Canada last year
There is no question 2020 was a tough year of daily anxiety and heartache, but positive stories captured Canadians too. Watch the video above for some of the past year's uplifting highlights.
Supporting front-line workers
Whether it was banging pots and pans, honking horns or baking cupcakes, Canadians across the country showed their support for workers making enormous sacrifices on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sense of community
Physical distancing might have kept us two metres apart, but neighbours found creative ways to get together, celebrate holidays and support those in need.
It was a particularly challenging year for students and their families, whether learning took place in the classroom or in front of a computer at home. But they persevered, making the most of the school year, winning honours and posting historical firsts.
It wasn't unusual for wedding ceremonies to be called off when physical-distancing rules came into effect. But Canadian couples found creative and memorable ways to celebrate in spite of COVID-19.
Reunions, homecomings and hope for the future
Lockdowns and quarantines kept loved ones apart for weeks or even months. But that only made reunions all the sweeter. And while working tirelessly, hospital and care-home staff celebrated small victories where they could.
The great outdoors
With gyms in hot-spot areas of the country often closed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus and large numbers of people cooped up at home, many Canadians spent more time than ever outdoors this year — whether jogging, going on nature walks, taking part in winter activities or simply taking in the sights of the neighbourhood.
From basements in Toronto to highways in the Northwest Territories, Canadians used dance to spread joy and share their cultures with the world.