The Great Outdoors: 15 Spectacular Shots Celebrating Summer in Canada
Summer in Canada is never quite long enough, but we manage to make the most of every sun-kissed moment. From skimming the lake on a dragon boat to building sand castles on the beach, this gorgeous gallery of original photography captures the very best of the Canadian summer.
The best of youth
Photographer Janice Storch of High River, Alta., writes: “A day on the lake is always full of smiles, laughter, squeals of delight and panic as tubers get bounced around and enjoy the carnival-like rides behind the boat.” A perfect encapsulation of summer recreation.
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Peace and quiet
One look at this stunning photo of Lac aux Os in Dumaine-du-Roy, Que. is enough to convince even the most metropolitan person to considering moving out into the country.
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“The cousins building a channel at Skaha Lake in Penticton, surrounded by smoky haze from the wildfires,” writes Gertrude Welder of Kelowna, B.C.
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“We went camping at Medicine Lake in Alberta; it’s one of my favourite places to go in the summer,” writes Diana Gorski of Edmonton, Alta. “My husband Chris and our son Frankie went out on the boat to do some fishing.”
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Marie-Josée Sabourin of Jonquière Saguenay, Que. took this photo of her sister and two daughters. Pure nostalgia.
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Photographer Sharon Peters of Three Hills, Alta. captured this beautiful shot of cousins enjoying a lazy afternoon on the pond. The photo manages to look planned and spontaneous all at once.
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The great outdoors
Anne Doerksen of Carrot River, Sask. captured this majestic photo of two riders on horseback.
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“Here are my kids cooling off from the heat while enjoying their favourite summer activity,” writes Amanda Cole of Harbour Grace, N.L. Thanks for sharing, Amanda!
Photographer Kathy Harness’ idea of summer recreation is a ride on the trails of Carman, Man.
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A whole new ride
“While visiting friends in Calgary all the way from Toronto, our bladder got us lost on our road trip to Waterton, Alta., and serendipity struck,” writes Nivetha Yogarajeev of Markham, Ont. “I forced myself to face my fear, get on and take charge of the magnificent horse before me.”
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Every summer, teams compete at the Mississauga Dragon Boat Festival on Credit River.
Summer recreation doesn’t always involve swimming or boating, as photographer Norma Keith proves in this shot of a tractor-pull event in her native Baltimore, Ont.
Here’s a peek inside Fergus Dog Park, Ontario’s four-acre playground.
Against the sparkling waters and beautiful mountains of Cox Cove, N.L., this memorable red boat is a tribute to a true Canadian pastime. Thanks for photographer Sheri Emerson for sharing!
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A day at the beach
Mike Lane of Saanichton, B.C., found inspiration while at a beach on Vancouver Island.
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