Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Homage to Canada Day

Canada Day is a Canadian Federal holiday.  Frequently called Canada's birthday, it commemorates the anniversary of the July 1, 1867 enactment of the British North America Act of 1867, which united three colonies into a single country (which was then named Canada), a part of the British Empire.  This should not be confused with Quebec's National Holiday, which is June 24.

Today I'm working in my 7 Continents altered book.  I have given up trying to glue many of those thin PDR (Physicians Desk Reference) pages together to make one that is manageable.  Instead, I am using one of my used file folders as my substrate.

I tried to find as many provinces as possible, but of course I was limited by what I had on hand.  Many of you know I don't copy images from the internet, but use images from travel magazines, calendars, encyclopedias, and geography books.   This image is from a British Columbia brochure and showed a photo of the Rockies.  This is Mount Robson and is the highest peak in all of Canada.

I have several internet friends who live in Canada, so I wanted to pay homage to their special day, which is always celebrated on July 1, unless it lands on Sunday, at which time it is celebrated on Monday.

I found this image of Moose in a Canadian calendar, and simply HAD to use it, especially for my internet friend Annette.  She and I have a running joke about a moose she thought was a bear.

My friend Sally always attends Crime Stopper conventions (she's a standing member in Wichita, KS) in other countries.  One year she was in Nova Scotia, so I got this souvenir I put to good use.   Do you know the answer to the Trivial Pursuit question?  Keep reading and I'll let you know at the end of the post.

Speaking of Quebec, this is an image from a travel magazine showing Quebec City.  For those of you as geography challenged as I, Quebec is a province in eastern Canada.  It is the only province where French is spoken almost exclusively and French is the official language of the province.   What you are seeing is an image of Quebec City, which is the capital of the province of Quebec.   Rather confusing until you know what you are looking for.  It sits to the north and slightly west of Portland, ME., and northwest of Ottawa.  It is located on the St. Lawrence River.

I created a two side spread, this time showing the provinces of Nova Scotia, British Columbia (Vancouver), and Alberta.  All Quebec images are on the opposite side.

The Alberta Rockies include Mount Columbia, the tallest peak in Alberta.  Alberta is famous for its alpine scenery.  

It's hard to believe Vancouver gets this cold and barren, but apparently there are places it looks like this in winter.

On the opposite (eastern) coast is Nova Scotia.  This province is located east of New Brunswick and to the south and west of Newfoundland.  It is easiest to get to by ferry from Newfoundland, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island.  It is also accessible from Portland, ME, which offers daily trips in summer.  Nova Scotia's capital is Halifax.

To answer the Trivial Pursuit question, it takes 5 crew members.

I couldn't stop there, though.

I had to create an IC for July 1 that honored the day, too.  You'll see this and the rest of the week's entries on Friday.

Thank you for joining me for Canada Day.  I had fun making this tribute to my friends to the north of me.  I hope you enjoyed it and maybe even learned something, as I did.

9 thoughtful remarks:

TwinkleToes2day said...

Well I learned lots about Canada today, so thank you for the information. I cannot imagine living somewhere, that isn't at a Pole, that gets THAT much snow on a regular basis. And I did not know there were white bear looking goats either. Honestly, that is what they look like to me, haha. :D

ps - many thanks for your comments on my recent posts and sincere apologies for missing two weeks of T on Tuesday. Life just gets too busy sometimes.

elle said...

thanks, Elizabeth. Manitoba is pretty diverse so it would be hard to find one general photo! :)

pearshapedcrafting said...

Canada always looks so fresh - must be all the snow they have in the Winter Thank you for an interesting trip you have made me want to find out more! Hugs, Chrisxx ps I am hoping to start a mammoth catch up as a treat for completing all my tasks before we go away to our caravan!!xxx

Linda Kunsman said...

what a beautiful homage to our fellow Canadians on their special day!

Beverley Baird said...

What wonderful photos of Canada. I have been to most of those places and was so lovely to see them in your post. Thanks for the well wishes as well.

Lorraine said...

What a sweet book you've put together. Such a great idea. I've always yearned to go to Prince Edward Island to visit Green Gables. Maybe someday.........

Divers and Sundry said...

Happy Canada Day (late)! The varied landscapes are really impressive!

Carol said...

Great spread on Canada and I love all of the photos you chose ♥

Halle said...

Nice tribute. Jacob had told us at the dinner table that it was Canada Day on the day. He has a couple Canadian friends so apparently they had talked about it.