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Gallery 1: Your Best Photos of Canada

We asked and you responded with your best photos of this vast land. From city to country, day to night, winter, spring, summer and fall, you sent in great photos you’ve taken of Canada. Here are just a few.

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Readers sent in their best pics of this vast land of ours.

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Donna Gates lived in Halifax for 10 years, and didn’t return for another 25-this time with her husband, who had never visited the East Coast. During that trip, she says, “I wanted to visit some of my favourite spots in Nova Scotia. Peggy’s Cove was still the endearing place I remembered. I love the way the homes dot the rocks and the seamen bring in their boats and traps and stack them beside their homes. Very picturesque indeed.”

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Wiliam Carne took three different shots over four days in November 2007, then compiled them in Photoshop to give us this image of Brisebois Drive in Calgary.  William wrote, “The original concept was to transition between two different times of day. I later decided to expand that to three. One of the photos was taken around 4 p.m., one at twilight (6 p.m.) and one around 9. It took four days as I waited for the weather to change to get a mixture of snow levels. I combined the three images to try and show how a place changes with the passing of time. I thought the blurry shadow of a person added a nice element.”

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Rick Dreger of Winnipeg shot this photo in May 2008. It was taken on the shores of Lake Winnipeg near Belair, Man. Rick says, “I was exploring a desolate and rugged part of Lake Winnipeg when I noticed the flock of seagulls. There was only a quick moment to take the picture-framing was a secondary thought, as the seagulls dispersed very quickly.”

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This photo was taken in 1997 by Christine Staeger, whose “camera is never far away.” Those are her twins Chelsea and Charlie, then 7, on the Keal’s Falls bridge in Bracebridge Muskoka, in Ontario. “I travel along this daily as a quiet ‘get away,'” she says. The bridge is on their property, which bordered her parents’. She and the kids used it daily to visit Grandma and Grandpa.

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Jennifer Ramesch was intrigued by the contrast of textures between the aged wood, the white antlers and the grass on the ground-and the roof.  She purposely did not frame the entire structure so that the natural lines within the logs would be more noticeable, and the antlers would take up more space in the photo. She shot this image in the Yukon in August 2007, when she was working at a mine near Carmacks, northwest of Whitehorse. Travellers who once stayed in the roadhouse across the street likely kept their horses in this structure, the stable.

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John Houlahan took this picture on June 27, 2004. He was standing on the west side of the Bytown Locks, below the Bytown Museum, which is shown in the picture. He wrote, “My wife and I were attending the dedication of a memorial to the Irish labourers who died while buildingf the Rideau Canal in the early 1800s.” He was struck by the sheer beauty of what they were looking at. As a native of Ottawa, John is “very proud of my city and its surroundings.” The Rideau Canal was designated an official World Heritage Site this year.

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Some of André Favron’s favourite memories are of trips to the Falls with family and friends. He snapped this shot on June 18, 2008, at about 2:00 p.m. “It was one of well over 50 good shots I took from the ship [the Maid of The Mist VII]-and about 200 not so good ones.” This was the best photo-of the flag and the crest of the falls in the background. The challenge was waiting for the sun to shine just right through the mist and for the wind to unfurl the flag, while the boat was in motion. “What I liked most about the photo,”  André says, “is the interplay between wind, water, sky and sunshine.”