30 Canadians Reveal What They’re Most Thankful For
During trying times, it's important to count our blessings. We asked our readers, "What are you thankful for?" From important people to places with special meaning, find out what inspires an attitude of gratitude for these 30 Canadians.
Image Credits: Photo: Alan Cheng
Alan Cheng of Scarborough, Ontario, writes: “Thanks to the Snowbirds for brightening up our skies with their aerobatic skills!” We couldn’t agree more.
Image Credits: Photo: Joyce Stolte
Joyce Stolte of Edmonton is thankful for the flower that symbolizes the arrival of spring.
Check out this spectacular gallery of flower photography from across Canada!
Image Credits: Photo: Robbie Gorr
Robbie Gorr is most thankful for his underrated hometown of Petawawa, Ontario.
Image Credits: Photo: Maryalice Wood
“These barred owls thrill us every time we see or hear them,” writes Maryalice Wood of Langley, B.C. “They make us appreciate how wonderful nature really is!”
Here’s what it’s like photographing birds in the dead of winter.
Image Credits: Photo: Paula Brown
“This is my 70th birthday—celebrated with Shelly and our granddaughters remotely,” writes Paula Brown of Ottawa. Happy belated, Paula!
Image Credits: Photo: Christine Cobel
Christine Cobel’s teenage son, seen here adding candles to his birthday cake, was born on May 1. Thanks for sharing, Christine!
Image Credits: Photo: Frank Koenig
Frank Koenig of Morinville, Alberta, snapped this pic of a water bomber demo in Lac La Biche. “I’m thankful for these planes in the fight against forest fires.”
Check out these inspiring stories from the Fort McMurray wildfire.
Image Credits: Photo: Mike Lane
Memories of travel
“I was able to travel all over the world when I was in my 20s,” writes Mike Lane of Saanichton, B.C. “The 1970s was the golden age of overland travel, and buses could take you from London to Kathmandu, or from Johannesburg to Algiers. It was glorious!”
Inspire your wanderlust with these dream vacation photos.
Image Credits: Photo: Susan Muehmer
Susan Muehmer of Delaware, Ontario, couldn’t have picked a more peaceful moment!
Image Credits: Photo: Pamela Buck
Pamela Buck snapped this patriotic pic on Colombia Beach in Vancouver Island.
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Image Credits: Photo: Lynn Mabley
“My chocolate Lab fills my days with love,” writes Lynn Mabley of Hinton, Alberta.
Check out these adorable pets from across Canada!
Image Credits: Photo: Debbie Browne
“I’m not only thankful that the sun rises every morning,” writes Debbie Browne of Spruce Grove, Alberta, “but that I’m able to enjoy it from my window too.”
Check out these pro tips on how to master the art of silhouette photography.
Image Credits: Photo: Lakshmi Anand
For many Canadians, including Lakshmi Anand of Toronto, winter is the best season.
Don’t miss these stunning shots that showcase the beauty of the Canadian winter.
Image Credits: Photo: Jacquie Gartman
“I’m thankful for the apple blossoms on the Pacific Gala tree,” writes Jacquie Gartman of Oliver, B.C. “It’s great knowing the new crop is on the way!”
Don’t miss this glorious gallery of your best “in the backyard” photography.
Image Credits: Photo: Christine Souka
Christine Souka of Mackenzie, B.C., is most grateful for this jaw-dropping view.
Check out this gallery of awe-inspiring Canadian Rockies photography.
Image Credits: Photo: MaryLin Howard
“What a wonderful surprise I came upon while on a walk in a local marsh: the beautiful sight of a newborn white-tailed deer fawn,” writes MaryLin Howard of Blenheim, Ontario.
Find out what it’s like photographing deer in rutting season.
Image Credits: Photo: Deb Sandau
“I’m thankful for my camera,” writes Deb Sandau of Red Deer, Alberta. “Though I may not be able to see all of those I love or travel to new places, I’m lucky enough to have these on my wall to remind me of good times.”
You’ll find more of Deb’s photos in this fantastic roundup of “making a splash” photography.
Image Credits: Photo: Deborah Garrison
“I’m grateful for the time I get to spend with my daughter and grandson,” writes Deborah Garrison of Rocky View County, Alberta. “We adopted my daughter when she was three. I’m so grateful for her, and I’m proud to call her my best friend.”
Check out this vintage gallery of what family time looked like 100 years ago.
Image Credits: Photo: Krystle Del-Ben
“I’m thankful for the beautiful colours in our own backyard,” writes Krystle Del-Ben of Leamington, Ontario. “This photo represents the beauty of Canada and all it has to offer!”
Nothing screams “Canadian countryside” like a shot of a beautiful barn. On that note, check out these beautiful photos of barns across the country.
Image Credits: Photo: Norma Keith
You don’t need to leave the country to visit a lavender field, as noted by this pretty photo from Norma Keith of Baltimore, Ontario.
Admire more of Norma’s striking shots in this gallery of “lookalikes” photography.
Image Credits: Photo: Heidi Sanita
Heidi Sanita of Pickering, Ontario, snapped this pic while on the road with her longtime pals.
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Image Credits: Photo: Shirleen Lanthier
Many people love autumn for the cooler weather, bonfires and Halloween. For Shirleen Lanthier of Cornwall, Ontario, however, it’s all about the changing colours of the leaves!
Don’t miss these stunning photos that celebrate autumn in Canada.
Image Credits: Photo: Cathy Gauthier
Cathy Gauthier of Magnetawan, Ontario, first met her best friend 30 years ago. “I never, ever had a best friend until her,” she writes. “I learned about compassion and goodness from her, and I don’t know where I’d be without her.”
You find more of Cathy’s fantastic photography in this tribute to Canadian cottage life.
Image Credits: Photo: Ann Lane
The laughter of children
“I’m thankful to see the simple happiness of childhood,” writes Ann Lane of Cobourg, Ontario.
These Our Canada readers expertly captured their children having fun in the great outdoors.
Image Credits: Photo: Olivia Lane
The arrival of spring
The best thing about spring—other than the warmer weather, of course—is the return of migrating animals. Thanks for sharing, Olivia!
Don’t miss these great Canadian bird stories.
Image Credits: Photo: Deborah Hattie
Deborah Hattie and her Persian cat, Reddi-Belle, spend their days entertaining each other!
Read the heartwarming story of one Our Canada contributor’s special bond with a cat.
Image Credits: Photo: Susan Norberg
“My mom lives in a senior’s facility and while I talk to her on the phone everyday, I hadn’t seen her in person for almost two months,” writes Susan Norberg of Eckville, Alberta. “It was very special to finally see her face-to-face at 89 years young!”
Next, check out these photos that showcase maternal love in the natural world.