July 1, 2012 is Canada’s 145th birthday. Where are you going to be and why? Toque & Canoe (who plan to check out the moose flats at Mount Engadine Lodge) want to know!

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  1. Erin commented:

    I will be with friends picking wild rose petals in the grasslands of southern Alberta. We will make the delicacy of wild rose compote and serve it with cognac, a tradition that was brought to Alberta by my Greek grandparents in the early 1900s. How Canadian is that?

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  2. karen anderson commented:

    I’m going to spend Canada Day floating down the canal that disects the isthmus of Penticton connecting the mighty Lake Okanagan to Lake Skaha on a red and white floatation device cum air mattress. I’ll go back to my place overlooking Lake Okanagan and barbecue some BC wild sockeye with its deep red flesh and top it with some creamy white new potatoes and creme fraiche with dill. I plan to drink both RED and WHITE wines from the nearby Naramata bench vineyards. Anything less on Canada Day would be simply unpatriotic.
    I shall return to Calgary rested and ready for the 100th Anniversary of the Stampede. Cheers, Karen

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  3. Allison commented:

    I will be hosting a party the day before(that you guys were invited to!) then on the day will be recovering with a cold one in the back yard while watching the crowds gather for fireworks… bliss

    hope to see you?!!!

    A

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  4. Dan commented:

    I’ll be taking my 18 month old son fishing in southern Alberta with my father. Three generations in one boat!

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  5. Jody Robbins commented:

    Sounds like I’m going to be in the same neck of the woods as Toque and Canoe! Maybe they’d like to come over for a BBQ? For the past few years we’ve gone to Canmore for the long weekend. They have the sweetest Canada Day parade ever! Saturday I’ll be biking the Legacy Trail from Canmore to Banff and then Sunday we’ll be watching the parade. Our daughter might get to ride on the fire truck, so it’s a big deal….:)

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  6. Leigh commented:

    Heading up towards Jasper, camping somewhere, then kayaking the length of Maligne Lake and spending two nights at the far end; hopefully one full day of R&R/sipping wine and then repeat the trip in reverse. Looking for sunshine!!

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  7. Liz T commented:

    We will be hosting a 70th birthday party for my Dad and combining that with a family reunion. Family will be coming from as far away as Bali for this one.Should be great. Oh- and we’ll be finishing building our deck in between visiting and partying so we can go camping every weekend in July and August.

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  8. Cathy commented:

    We will be camping with friends at Awenda Park in Ontario and searching the nearest small town for a pub to watch the Euro Cup Finals!

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  9. Timothy Wilson Hoey commented:

    I will be celebrating Canada Day in lovely Canmore, Alberta with the 6th annual O-CANADA PORTAGE Show at Elevation Gallery! & we’ll be hosting another Sing-A-Canadian Song and you could win original art! So polish up your Gordon Lightfoot and Anne Murray, grab a doughnut, package of Hawkins Cheezies and come celebrate after Canmore’s Canada Day Parade!

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  10. Patrick commented:

    I plan to take my wife and kids to Princess Island Park in Calgary to enjoy the bands. Then take them home for some Alberta BBQ with Nova Scotia scallops. Next it’s off to The Ironwood Stage for the perfect wrap up. Tom Phillips and friends with his band paying tribute to Canada’s great singer song writers! Oh, Canada we sing on guard for thee.

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  11. stephen commented:

    Hello Toque & Canoe. Here’s my Canada Day long-weekend from Whitehorse…I’m planning to level an old shed in my backyard. Not very exciting perhaps, but once I’m finished that, I’ll load the canoe (and maybe bring along a toque too!) and drive 40 minutes north of town to paddle on the Takhini River. We usually see eagles, bears and sometimes moose, and the Class III ‘Jaws’ rapids always add some adrenaline to the trip. Happy Canada Day and Happy 1st Anniversary to Toque & Canoe!!

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  12. Amber commented:

    I’ll be visiting my brand new niece in San Francisco but am sad to be missing out on all the cool things happening in Vancouver over Canada Day weekend.

    In case you are intereted in what those things are, here’s a list!

    Top 10 Canada Day 2012 Events in Vancouver

    1. Canada Day on Granville Island
    Possibly the most Canadian Canada Day in Vancouver, this annual celebration kicks off with the $8 Truly Canadian Pancake Breakfast followed by free events all day: an official Canada Day ceremony (with cake!), parade, MELA! Festival, live jazz from the Vancouver International Jazz Festival, and more.

    2. Canada Day at Canada Place – Canada Day Parade & Waterfront Party
    Canada Place is ground zero for downtown Vancouver’s Canada Day celebrations: The free Waterfront Party (with three entertainment stages) runs 10am – 6pm, followed by the 4th annual Canada Day Parade from 7pm – 8pm.

    3. Canada Day Burrard Inlet Fireworks Show
    Stick around Canada Place after the parade for Vancouver’s Canada Day fireworks, lighting up the sky over the Burrard Inlet from 10:30pm – 11pm.

    4. Canada Day Block Party hosted by the Waldorf Hotel
    The Waldorf Hotel’s first annual Canada Day Block Party includes nine food carts, live music, DJs, a carnival and a beer garden. The party is free and runs from noon – 6pm (so you can still make it to Canada Place for the 7pm parade).

    5. Run Canada Day at Pacific Spirit Park
    Another inaugural event, Run Canada Day features a 10k, a 5k and a Kids Run through beautiful Pacific Spirit Park (near UBC) followed by post-race refreshments and a Canada Day cake in Wesbrook Village.

    6. Surrey Canada Day 2012 – Surrey
    Western Canada’s largest Canada Day celebration happens in Surrey: a free all-day extravaganza of live music, amusement park rides, and the nighttime Fireworks Spectacular.

    7. Steveston Salmon Festival – Richmond
    Steveston has been cannily combining its July 1 celebrations with its annual Salmon Festival for 67 years. There’s a parade and live entertainment, but the real draw is their famous Salmon Barbeque, where 1200 pounds of wild salmon are devoured in honour of Canada Day.

    8. Canada Day at the Burnaby Village Museum – Burnaby
    The open-air Burnaby Village Museum hosts the officially Canada Day celebrations for the City of Burnaby. Admission is free and festivities include live music and entertainment, kids’ activities, a parade, and $2.30 rides on their famous Carousel.

    9. Canada Day at Waterfront Park – North Vancouver
    Just 15 minutes north of downtown Vancouver, North Van’s free Canada Day party features live music, multicultural dance, official Canada Day ceremonies, a bouncy castle for kids, and cupcakes.

    10. Free Salsa in Robson Square
    Sunday Afternoon Salsa at Robson Square, the annual series of free outdoor salsa dances/lessons, kicks off on Canada Day, July 1.

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  13. Julie commented:

    Our doors are open on Canada Day at Parks Canada! All national parks, historic sites and marine conservation areas across Canada will offer FREE ENTRY, special events and fun for the entire family. Come celebrate Canada’s 145th birthday with us!

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  14. Omar commented:

    Canada Day is just around the corner, and it’s a pretty exciting time to be in the mountain national parks. I’m really lucky; as a Parks Canada employee in Banff National Park, I get to live in Lake Louise year-round – it’s something I definitely do not take for granted.

    On Canada Day, I’ll be taking part in the annual pancake breakfast and community parade in Lake Louise. In the afternoon we’ll take the dog for a hike at one my favourite places in all of the Rockies, Yoho National Park’s Emerald Lake, where the striking colours of subalpine flora and fauna abound. Before heading back to Lake Louise, we’ll stop for some good coffee and a replenishing meal in Field, the cutest town in the Canadian Rockies.

    After pitching our tent at the Lake Louise campground, we’ll amble off to watch our good friend Heather debut her new wildlife interpretive show at the Parks Canada theatre. And there will definitely be some s’mores and campfire songs later in the evening (I’ve been practicing an old Cat Stevens song, so we’ll see how that goes).

    Here is to great summer, where ever you may be – stoked!

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