Happy Canada Day

by Jul 1, 2019

Canadians are usually not considered big flag wavers but today is one day when we take out all the stops.  Home owners drape the flag from windows and decks, drivers attach the maple leave to their antenna and streets and businesses are festooned in red and white.  And of course it is a big day for family activities like BBQs, picnics, parades and fireworks.

Ready for a morning paddle

Boats off the roof rack and ready to go.


We started our day with a paddle on the lake.




After our paddle, we had brunch on the deck. Fresh strawberries, French toast with homemade bread, sausage from the local farmer’s market, smoothies made with local fruit and maple syrup.  Our red and white napkins made by my Dad, who always loved Canada Day.   Sadly he died on this day 7 years ago, making the day bittersweet but we celebrate in his honor too.

We’ll be continuing our Canada Day celebrations with time in the garden, a walk on the beach and a BBQ.

With glowing hearts we see thee rise,
The True North strong and free!
From far and wide
Oh Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

Happy Canada Day to Canadian friends at home and around the world.    What are your Canada Day memories?



Mary Elizabeth O'Toole

Mary Elizabeth O'Toole

Educator, Artist, Storyteller


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