69. Highway 93
“Where else in the world can you see a baby bear, elk, caribou and mountain goats licking the salt off the road – all in a three-hour drive? Here is a photo of some mountain sheep taken on June 4, outside Jasper. When a bighorn ram decides to go on his set path up the mountain, with his females following, all the cars stop and watch as the animals proceed with their slow and dignified walk across the highway.” – Reader Michelle Somers, Calgary
70. We’re pretty good people “After the recent shootings in Moncton, the members of the community in which I police, Happy Valley-Goose Bay, demonstrated a profound sense of loss for those three Mounties. Businesses and government organizations lowered their flags to half-mast. Children asked their schools if they could wear red to show their support of the RCMP. A wreath was laid under the flagpole. Small tokens of appreciation were dropped off: flowers, fresh fruit, pretty much whatever people could give to show their support and to share the grief and perhaps ease the burden of my members in support of the greater RCMP family. I have many pictures with stunning vistas and unforgettable scenes in Canada but no picture can show how good Canadians are when it is time to help one another.” – Reader Don Rogers, Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Nfld.
71. Harris Park, London, Ont.
“I took this photo in Harris Park in London, Ont., while going for a walk during my lunch. It was spring 2013 and the colours were absolutely beautiful and the scenery was stunning. The park is located near Thames River and I could just sit there all day and just enjoy the beauty of nature.” – Reader Nikolina Vratonjic, Etobicoke, Ont.
72. Roméo Dallaire “When Robert Reich was on The Daily Show, he asked, exasperated, ‘Why can’t we expect our public servants to be truly great people?’ I hate that I deeply identify with this sentiment. But it also illuminates – by contrast – those in public office who have truly served Canadians, and people around the world. Like Lieutenant-General Romeo Dallaire. It is a rare and remarkable thing for a person to hold him or herself to higher standards when it jeopardizes personal safety, when it gains no re-election, and when no one but yourself demands it. As Force Commander of UNAMIR, and at great personal expense, Mr. Dallaire held himself accountable for the safety of genocide victims in a foreign country. Perhaps just as remarkably, he has remained unchanged by the perks of public office. He has advocated for veterans and their mental health, for PTSD sufferers, for child soldiers and global human rights.
Mr. Dallaire’s legacy should raise all our standards.” – Reader Heidi Lee, Vancouver
73. The illuminated High Level Bridge in Edmonton
“This bridge deserves to be on a list of reasons to love Canada – or, more precisely, the spirit that went into raising money to light it.
About a year ago, a group of Edmontonians pitched the idea of adorning the century-old High Level Bridge with tens of thousands of LED lights. But no government money was asked for. Instead, money was raised by citizens: Edmontonians donated for their children, their parents and their schools – their stories collected online.
We raised the $2.5-million needed for the project. And the bridge became a bridge of stories.
Our newly lit bridge debuts on Canada Day 2014.” – Reader Glenn Kubish, Edmonton
“There is no other activity that unites Canada from coast to coast and from border to border more than shinny. It’s the only sport where young kids, teenagers and adults can all join together, regardless of skill, and enjoy a friendly game of hockey outdoors on ice. It’s a time for old-timers to feel like kids again, and for kids to feel like they are professional hockey players out on the rink with players three times their size. When all the sticks get thrown into the pile every player anxiously awaits their call, excited to be a part of whatever team they are selected to play on. And with each stick that is pulled is the opportunity for someone to emulate their favourite player. Shinny is Canada and Canada is shinny.” – Reader Shawn Danko, Memphis, Tenn.