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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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“Just about everyone in Canada is close to a spot where they can sit and chill. And just about everyone does it. I’ve included a shot of me, reading and having a beer by the fire at Monck Provincial Park in British Columbia. It’s located about 15 kilometres east of Merrit.” – Reader Peter Taylor, Vancouver

124. Frederick Banting “Canada is the birthplace of insulin, and without it, I wouldn’t be alive, nor would millions of people around the world!” – Reader Jay Gilbert, Toronto

125. Newfoundland Icebergs in June

“A lot of the locals will tell you that it’s only the tourists that love the icebergs, because of the June cold that comes along with them, but I never get tired of them and am awestruck by their magnificence. This photo was taken from Signal Hill in St. John’s.” – Reader Maureen Bennett, St. John’s

126. Wallace, N.S.

“As a child, I never knew what a community was. By 1948 I had moved at least nine or 10 times. But that year, we moved to Wallace, N.S., a fishing village with a quarry. Compared to other places, the people in Wallace were not materially well off. Forget nice clothes, almost any cars, variety in food. But they were very kind, and cared for each other. Friends whose dads were on welfare – many of the kids’ fathers had seasonal jobs at best – went to university. Why? Because the community worked together to make sure they got a chance. That is only one example.

Many years after I lived there, I was asked what got me interested in community work, some national survey. I described that fishing village. The interviewer did not ask me where it was. Instead, he just said, “When did you live in Wallace?” Many others had told him about it.” – Mary Lazier-Corbett, Picton, Ont.

127. Don Cherry

“Whether you agree with him or not is not the issue. Canadians need to have a voice to make sure we distance ourselves from our neighbours to the south. He points out over and over that we all love hockey – the arenas, the parents who take us there – and how our lessons at the rink make us better people. Nobody shows us more often that we should celebrate this. Every time I watch him he reminds me to be patriotic.” – Reader Jake Stewart, Paris, Ont.

128. Kluane National Park and Reserve, Yukon

“This photo shows the Slim’s River West trail en route to Observation Mountain at Kluane National Park and Reserve. A visit here provides a staggering illustration of the untouched vastness of Canada. In a land governed by grizzly bears and mountain goats, a turn of the head in any direction points to hundreds of kilometres of pristine nature without a human soul in sight. From lush valleys, to lumbering ice fields, to Mount Logan, Canada’s highest peak, even the least spiritual can’t escape the power of the land.” – Reader Greg Kennedy, Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.

129. Terry Fox

“We’ve come a long way with treatment and cures for different forms of cancer, but when Terry Fox started his run it was a different story. Hope wasn’t an automatic response. But this kid that’s lost a leg and has other serious health problems comes up with a scheme to raise money and awareness for cancer by running across the country. Today we’re inundated with runs, climbs, cycling, etc. for all sorts of causes. He influenced that. Because of his selfless, courageous act the Terry Fox foundation has raised over $600-million and the run takes place worldwide.” – Reader Michelle Boles, Toronto

130. The Lake O’Hara of the Rocky Mountains

“Access to the pristine hiking trails here is strictly monitored on a quota system to protect the area, but each year for a brief period about 100 people a day are granted access to all of the rich beauty of, say, Lake Louise or Moraine Lake – without the crowds.

O’Hara has less development and more gorgeous, raw solitude than most tourist areas nearby. There is no asphalt here. And being here isn’t a spectator sport. O’Hara is a living, thriving place that you must interact with. You must move here.

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