42. Our writers “What I love most of all is reading about Canada’s history, landscape and people from our wealth of writers. I can walk the streets of Toronto with Michael Ondaatje (In the Skin of a Lion), learn the hard truths from Joseph Boyden (Three Day Road) and feel the vastness of Cape Breton with Ann-Marie MacDonald (Fall On Your Knees). The list is endless.” – Joyce Gunhouse of Comrags
– “A country whose soul is large enough to accommodate both Farley Mowat and Alice Munro has to be great. Sometimes, we forget that. This Canada Day, it would be wonderful if a few thousand of us resolved to read High Latitudes and Dear Life. Those are two books that offer views of ourselves that will make us think beyond the nastiness of the daily news or the difficulties of everyday challenges. When I arrived in Canada in 1969, what made me stay here was reading Canadian writers.” – Anna Porter
43. Roadtrips “They were short to begin, when I was small. A visit to the apple orchard, Niagara Falls near Christmas, the trees and sidewalks shining with ice. And to the family cottage, occasionally stopping for fries along the way, or to peer through a farm fence, trying to coax the horses to come near. Leaving my family behind it was to Algonquin to camp, travelling late in the night, Led Zeppelin too loud. Through the Rockies to Kelowna on icy roads in late spring. Quebec City, and up around the Gaspé in early fall, fish drying in the sun. To Drumheller and the Badlands, hitching back to town after a tire went flat, with the spare, even flatter. To St. John, N.B., to visit family, stopping at every Frenchy’s along the way. From Calgary bound for Hamilton in the dead of winter, car maintenance fund used to buy a cassette player ... the northern lights, the desolate snow covered prairies, the darkest dark. An hour outside Wawa, front axle seized, we gave the car to the tow-truck driver in return for getting the five of us into town. Each an adventure all its own. Why I love Canada? Roadtrips.” – Judy Cornish of Comrags
44. Our bold design (and nice designers)
“I love how Canada’s hottest designers reflect everything that holds Canada dear to me – bold and modern with a global edge that you can’t quite place. Tanya Taylor and Greta Constantine, for example, create fashion that is dynamic with an understated elegance. You can wear it anywhere in the world and feel completely on trend. And the best part is that the designers are so incredibly nice.” – Lisa Tant of Holt Renfrew
45. Toronto. Take that, haters.
“The further I travel from home, the more drawn I am to the place I’m from: Toronto has it all – it’s a diverse and truly multicultural city with energy and buzz. And that diversity, I believe, gives Torontonians a built-in advantage to acquiring a global perspective and engaging on a global stage. Toronto is home to international sports teams, world-class restaurants, a vibrant arts scene including what I think is the world’s best film festival ... and yet it’s still small enough to relate to. To me, Toronto perfectly captures what Canada offers to the world.” – Dani Reiss of Canada Goose
46. The sight of the ocean near my Vancouver home I am on the water/ revelling in the moment./ Exploring with my love,/ discovering the land together./ Scratching the salted coastline,/ like the captains before me, and before them./ Paddling the marsh as a boy,/ scouting frogs and painted turtles./ Teaching my kids to dive,/ doing swans off the boathouse./ Pulling the catch through the hole in the ice,/ waiting for spring melt to come./ Skiing the glass, with birches reflected,/ perfecting arcs and spray./ Listening to the rivers surging,/ Hearing rocks making their way to the mouth./ Fishing again with Dad and the loons,/ daydreaming future journeys. – Steve McFarlane, principal in the architectural firm Office of McFarlane Biggar. Their latest project Fort McMurray Airport, just opened
47. My Norman Rockwell, On Top of the World
“Norman Rockwell’s On Top Of The World is the very first work of art that I acquired when I was 17.