Thursday 1 July 2010

Happy 143rd Birthday Canada!

I was born on the east coast (Glace Bay NS) and grew up on the west coast (Ucluelet BC), crossed the country once in a 1977 Ford Pinto, and once on a train. It’s the country of my mother, her mother, and her mother’s origin. The sea has sustained my family, and the vast wilderness invites you into moments of solitude. Most of us live close to the border, but if you go north in any of the provinces, you will meet down-home people that will take you in, give you a meal and share their lives with you…it’s a country of polar opposites…of style, pride, tolerance and openness. It’s where I love to return, and am happy to call home.

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Glace Bay, NS


Upper Kennedy Lake, near Ucluelet BC, on the west coast of Vancouver Island


Long Beach, near Tofino BC


Glace Bay, NS


Near Louisburg, NS


Louisburg Lighthouse, NS


Glace Bay, NS


Glace Bay, NS


The Blowhole at the Black Rock Resort (close to my parents house), Ucluelet BC…this is a calm day…can you imagine during a storm standing on that platform? Sitting in the lounge on a stormy day drinking cappuccino is the ULTIMATE.

Photos by Michelle Morelan

Happy Birthday Canada!!


Terry said...

Happy birthday neighbor.

Dumbwit Tellher said...

What gorgeous photos of beautiful Canada. What I so admire about Canadians is their great pride. I grew up in the Seattle area & was able to spend many wonderful times in B.C. America needs to take a look at restoring that pride & love for their country & for our leaders.

Happy Canada Day Michelle.

Brillante Interiors said...

I was really moved by this post. What a great way of celebrating a wonderful and free country.

nannykim said...

nice photos! Happppppy B day to Canada

CREED said...

Happy Canada Day Michelle!

I love this post - so Beautiful....the images and your words. I feel so much the same way!



Zuniga Interiors Design Studio said...


What a fabulously said intro! I loved reading that! Canada surely seems spectacular! It's the best to have so much pride in your country! Love the photos!

Have a wonderful weekend!


Barbara Cole said...

Dear Michelle:

What a beautiful post. I couldn't have said it better.

I am in the centre of the big urban community known as Toronto and a rarity apparently, as I was born, bred and raised here. My heart still skips a beat when I come home. I love this big urban city, I also love the west coast and visit at least 4 times a year, and my parents were addicted to "down east" which was anything east of Ontario.

We are young, we are strong and we Are the True North Strong and Free. As the poem recited at the Olympics 2010 said, we are the What in What's New! Our time has come.


Barbara Cole

qerat said...

BEautiful post Michelle, great pictures with the right moods and moments captured.
Happy Canada Day

Greet Lefèvre said...

Happy Birthday ! The pictures of Canada are really beautiful!


Happy Canada Day! A bit belated but never is too late.

Love the pictures!!!

Linda Merrill said...

Happy Birthday Canada!