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Reason to love Canada No. 123: Reader Peter Taylor holds a book and a beer beside his campfire at Monck Provincial Park in British Columbia. (Peter Taylor)
Reason to love Canada No. 123: Reader Peter Taylor holds a book and a beer beside his campfire at Monck Provincial Park in British Columbia. (Peter Taylor)

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– Maureen Sabia, chairman of Canadian Tire Corp.

115. Salmon fishing in the Atlantic

“During my career at Scotiabank, I’ve had the opportunity to travel to almost all of the 55 countries in which we operate, but I always love coming back home. My family and I have the good fortune of spending time on the south shore of Nova Scotia, which is a beautiful area of the country. I also have a passion for salmon fishing in the rivers of Atlantic Canada, particularly Labrador. I love the vastness of Labrador. It’s unique, it’s beautiful, it’s serene. It’s spectacular.” – Brian Porter, president and CEO of the Bank of Nova Scotia

116. Coming home

“I travel extensively for work and pleasure. In summer, I drop into Los Angeles and Southern California for healthy living and reviews of new hotels. In the fall, I love a dose of art fairs and culture in Europe. In winter, I need a hit of sunshine in St Barts. In springtime, I dream of cherry blossoms in New York`s Union Square.

But as much as I love leaving the daily grind, I adore returning home even more. I think about this a lot. What is it I love coming back to? Is it just a sense of returning to the nest after a period afar … or is it deeper than that? Is it just a longing to launder the contents of my suitcase or is it some maple leaf deeply lodged in my DNA?

I’ve concluded that I am entirely a reflection of the environment in which I live and the Canadian company I keep. In no specific order, I love: the change of seasons, our cool flag, the massive land mass we call ours, our quirky sense of nationalism (i.e. Hockey Night in Canada), our Mounties’ awesome uniforms, East Coast oysters, maple syrup, skiing at Whistler, swimming in a cold lake in the Laurentians, the Toronto Raptors, the Montreal Canadiens, the neighbourliness and compassion we all share, diverse Toronto neighborhoods, our amazing indie bands, our uber talented emerging visual artists, cycling around PEI, joie de vivre in Quebec, strawberry picking in June, apple picking in September, Ontario’s fresh produce all summer long, the stability of our institutions, our amazing universities and hospitals, traveling worldwide as a Canadian, the Hudson’s Bay company, bloody Caesars, Montreal bagels, and all.

Yup, travelling is essential; returning home is a pure joy.” – Jeff Stober, CEO of Drake Hotel Properties

117. Asked for our virtues, we can’t name just one

“Since I came to Canada I’ve seen my first woodpecker since I was a child, we have chipmunks in the backyard and raccoons in my garbage cans ... and where else can you kiss a cod, eat a beavertail and golf and ski all in the same day? I’ve probably explored 0.001% of this great country so far and I can’t wait to explore the rest!” – Guy Laurence, president and CEO of Rogers Communications (recently arrived from Manchester)

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“I love the Rockies, I love Montreal, I love the prairies, I love the sun after seven months of winter, I love the Ponoka Stampede, I love grizzly bears, I love hockey and I love the wide open northern spaces. Especially when I’m out of the country for a while. Very proud Canuck, here.” – Musician Corb Lund

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“As a first-generation Canadian, I never really fully understood how special it is to have been born in Canada. Canada is the most progressive country in the world – cultivating humanity, personal rights and freedoms, health care. We are the ‘new civilization’ that future history books will explain as ‘Utopia.’ What I have learned in my travels, and in my own experience is that Canada has the 4 ‘As,’ which every human seeks: Aspiration, Authenticity, Approachability ... and the most important, Acceptance. YAY for Canada, eh? – Fashion designer David Dixon

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“I thank my lucky stars every time I come back to Canada from some other place. Fair-minded people, diverse ethnicities, large open spaces, clean water, vibrant big cities, a strong democracy with a strict rule of law, no guns, and best of all, opportunities for personal and financial advancement. No country but Canada can claim to have all of these things.” – Condo developer Brad Lamb

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