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How would you capture the spirit of Canada Day with your camera? This gorgeous gallery of images celebrates all that makes us proud to be Canadian.

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Canada Day: Proud heritagePhoto: Mary Helmer

Proud Heritage

Mary Helmer of Skidegate, British Columbia, shares this awesome photo of her grandson, Isaiah, which was snapped at the nearby Haida Heritage Centre. “Isaiah is so proud of his Haida culture,” shares Mary, “and he loves to sing and dance!”

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Canada Day: RCMP on the Capilano Suspension BridgePhoto Sarah Simpson

The Red Serge

Sarah Simpson of Surrey, British Columbia, writes, “My partner is a member of the RCMP and was recently involved in a photo shoot on the Capilano Suspension Bridge in North Vancouver to commemorate the 150th birthday of Canada. I was fortunate enough, along with our two children, to have been part of this once-in-a-lifetime event. I was able to capture this candid moment of the more than 100 members taking their places on the bridge.”

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Athabasca Glacier Ice ExplorerPhoto: Jay Tarabocchia

Bus Stop

Jay Tarabocchia of Thunder Bay, Ontario, snapped this great photo of the all-terrain Ice Explorer at the Columbia Icefield Discovery Centre in Jasper, Alberta. The amazing Athabasca Glacier is pictured in the background—taking a tour of this awe-inspiring natural wonder is one of the essential things to do in Banff.

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Canada Day: Horseback riding in Waterton Lakes National ParkPhoto: Sydney Pedersen

A Good Day to Ride

Sydney Pedersen of Milestone, Saskatchewan, snapped this great shot and wrote, “This is one of my favourite photos. I took it during a late summer trail ride in Waterton Lakes National Park. That’s my mom, Tracy, in the red jacket.”

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Canada Day: Changing of the GuardPhoto: Norma Keith

On Parade

Norma Keith of Baltimore, Ontario, writes,” While visiting Ottawa last July, I was lucky enough to see the Changing of the Guard on Parliament Hill. I felt very proud to see our men and women of the Armed Forces, dressed in their red tunics and black busbies, marching in precision. The fact that they serve and protect our land gave me such a feeling of security—it was an amazing day.”

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Fireworks at the Calgary StampedePhoto: Christy Turner

Bright Lights, Big City

Christy Turner of Calgary captured this photo at the Calgary Stampede. The spectacular fireworks were a nightly scene on the Stampede grounds.

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Calgary Stampede Indian Village teepeesPhoto: Christy Turner

A Teepee or Three

Elsewhere at the Stampede, Christy Turner snapped this teepee at the Indian village at sunset. “This beautiful exhibit helps remind us of the history of Canada’s First Nations,” says Christy.

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Canada Day: Camping in Killbear Provincial ParkPhoto: Ethan Joiner

Cottage Country

For many Canadians, Canada Day is an opportunity to catch some well-deserved rest and relaxation. Ethan Joiner of Aurora, Ontario, writes, “I captured this photo while camping with my parents in Killbear Provincial Park in June 2016. This is typically the time of day when campers gather on the rocks to watch the sunset and share stories.”

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Canada Day: Maple leaf chickenPhoto: Sarah Ferguson

For the Birds

Our fine feathered friends are also in on the Canada Day celebrations! Thanks to Sarah Ferguson of Saskatoon for sharing this great photo.

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Canada Day: Boy running with Canadian flagPhoto: Monique Pandarinath

Running Free

Monique Pandarinath of Calgary captured this patriotic pic of her son, Jonah, as he ran with his Canadian flag along the beach at Muriel Lake, Alberta.

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Originally Published in Our Canada