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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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134. West Coast Trail, Vancouver Island

“The photos are from my first experience of the West Coast Trail in August, 2006. I’ve hiked it twice, the first time with good friends, the second time with my wife. Unparalleled scenery, incredible challenges.” – Reader Tavis Newman, Lethbridge, Alta.

135. Old Quebec

“As a touring musician I have seen a lot of this country. Often I will find myself in speechless, breathless awe. But I will never forget the feeling I had when I first laid eyes on Quebec City. We rounded a corner and were instantly transported back to the 17th century. It’s like living history. A real jewel among the seemingly endless green and grey of the boreal forests and Canadian shield that surround this romantic paradise.” – Reader Maty Ralph, Sudbury, Ont.

136. Salmon

“If we were having a whole bunch of people over, we could make wild salmon. One of my favourite ways is doing a very quick cure on it of a little bit of kosher salt and brown sugar for 10 or 15 minutes. Then bake that very low, at about 100 C. You cook that for about half an hour. It doesn’t lose any moisture and breaks away beautifully. I like to serve a sauce that’s got washed shallots, Tabasco, Worcestershire, olive oil, chives, chervil, tarragon, parsley; and the secret ingredient is a good spoonful of ketchup.” – Vancouver Chef David Hawskworth

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“I live near Lumby, the farthest east that Pacific salmon migrate home to lay their eggs. They are a keystone species – feeding people and animals, contributing to stream health, and bringing the nutrients of the ocean to interior land. Salmon also have amazing skills, and like early explorers manage to find their way no matter the distance or obstacle. They are our ‘canaries in the coal mine,’ too: Their health and numbers warn us about the health of our water and land. To many First Peoples, salmon are sacred and symbolize determination, work and the role of fathers. We should honour salmon as we are truly blessed to have them swim by our side.” – Reader Emily Mayne, Coldstream, B.C.

137. Senator Jacques Hébert, co-founder of Katimavik

“Katimavik, from the Inuit word ‘meeting place,’ was co-founded by the late Senator Jaques Hébert in the 1970s.

In the early years, young Canadians travelled abroad to work in countries in need – a value that strikes at the heart of Canadian giving – and, in the process, they learned how great our country really is. With funding cuts, international work was no longer possible, but Katimavik still sends over 1,000 young people to work in communities across Canada.

Even that was at risk in 1986 when the government attempted to shut it down. But Sen. Hébert went on a hunger strike; his protest was successful, and 37 years later the Katimavik program remains a beacon of learning in citizenship.” – Reader Gregory Saville, Port Townsend, Wash.

138. The Millarville Races, outside of Calgary

“To me, Canada Day isn’t really Canada Day without the Millarville Races – which have been taking place for over 100 years. I’ve been attending since I was a little kid. The neighbours used to go early and back their truck up to the finish line so we could sit in the back to have the best view. We’d bet dimes amongst ourselves on our favourite horses. Plus, there were always fresh pies made by a local church’s auxiliary. (Mmmmm, peach pie.)” – Reader Sandy Hunter, Calgary

139. Blackcomb glacier

“ A midseason day on Whistler’s Blackcomb glacier with fresh snow underfoot and blue skies and sunshine above. Unbeatable!” – Reader John MacLeod, Toronto

140. Our banks

“Canada’s banking system is steady, reliable and can be kind of boring – and it’s exactly what I love about this country. Because, really, it’s one of the things Canadians do well: run banks. Big ones and little ones and, increasingly, innovatively boring ones.” – Dave Mowat, Edmonton

141. The Post Hotel in Lake Louise

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