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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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75. The Dionne Quints

“The Dionnes were born on May 28, 1934 at the height of the Great Depression. The miraculous five survived, and indeed thrived, despite all the odds against them – and their miraculous story gave the world a brief respite from the Depression and war. In one of the darkest decades of the last century, they made us forget our troubles. They, too, have been long forgotten by many – but not all of us.” – Reader Leonard Belsher, Shawville, Que.

76. John Peters Humphrey “John Peters Humphrey was the principal drafter of the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights and served for two decades as the first director of the UN Human Rights Division.

With typical Canadian modesty, he did not raise a public fuss when the 1968 Nobel Peace Prize for the creation of the Universal Declaration was awarded to a French jurist, who quite frankly played a lesser role. But 20 years later, Mr. Humphrey’s contribution was confirmed when a librarian recovered a handwritten draft of the declaration.

Modern human rights codes, the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the strong sense of equality that infuses political and policy debate can all trace their roots back to Mr. Humphrey and his pioneering work.” – Reader Michael Shapcott, Toronto

77. Our backyards

“A reason to love Canada? We have amazing backyards. This photo was taken in September of 2013 from the top of the Dome Road in Dawson City, Yukon. It was the first snowfall of the year.” – Reader Bonnie Macdonald, Whitehorse, Yukon

78. Sir Sandford Fleming

“He was a driving force for the railroad network, which opened up expansion into the West. In addition, he designed Canada’s first penny stamp, developed and campaigned for universal time zones, organized the first cable line (for communication) from Australia to Canada, and was Queen’s University chancellor for 30 years.” – Reader Kirstie Dyment, Collingwood, Ont.

79. The stone bridge in Pakenham, Ont.

“It is the only five-span stone bridge in North America. When I was a child, it was our stopping point on the way to my grandparents’ cottage. We would get an ice cream from Petersen’s ice cream and play on the limestone flats below the bridge and the falls. I could describe every turn in the road leading up to coming “down and around the corner’ and then onto the bridge. A few years ago I took my husband and two of our children there for the first time.” – Reader Angelique Ball, Bowmanville, Ont.

80. Tom Thomson “His paintings are the visual equivalent of our national anthem – he gave us images of our country in a new and maverick style that captured the spirit of Canada as it came of age as a nation. He continues to live and be present with us from coast to coast. He was a rugged adventurer with a great vision whose life was tragically ended much too soon. Had Mr. Thomson not lived, Canada would have had to invent him. He is an icon and a hero.” – Reader Virginia Eichhorn, Owen Sound, Ont.

81. Wolfe Island, Ont.

“I live on the south shore of Wolfe Island, which is the largest of the Thousand Islands. My husband retired from the military in the fall and we found a piece of paradise to put down roots: Our new community is small, friendly and people look out for one another, my son is thriving in the local school and our home represents so much of what Canada is known for – according to the Arrogant Worms – rocks and trees and water!” – Reader Glennis Newton, Wolfe Island, Ont.

82. Mark Carney

“He is an accomplished economist and leader and well-regarded by people around the world. Despite humble beginnings in Northern Canada, he shows you can get to the world stage – and stay there.” – Reader Daren Miller, Calgary

83. Oktoberfest in Kitchener-Waterloo

“Kitchener and Waterloo turn into a Bavarian outpost during Oktoberfest – pretty girls in drindles, men in tracht, spontaneous outbreaks of polka, lots and lots of sausages, schnitzel (my mouth is watering just thinking about it) and beer steins. The picture I have uploaded is from the opening ceremonies of 2012, where the Canadian Pickers were the parade marshalls. They are standing on either side of Miss Oktoberfest. To left of the picture – keg tappers. It is a great way to close off the fall.” – Reader Ana Golobic, Cambridge, Ont.

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