Terry Fox set off on his “Marathon of Hope” on April 12th, 1980. Having lost one leg to cancer, he set out to run across Canada to raise awareness. He ran almost the equivalent of a full marathon every day for 143 days covering 3339 miles (5373 km). Sadly, when he reached Thunder Bay, he could not continue. He would lose his battle with cancer June 28, 1981. A true Canadian hero, he is honored in many places, including a mountain in the Rockies named after him and a statue across from Parliament in Ottawa. This is the statue in Thunder Bay, where his heroic run ended.
I loved the reflection of the streetlight in this huge puddle. This is a great street scene from Winnipeg, Manitoba.
I loved the light and color from this food stall set up at the Winnipeg Fringe Festival.
I really enjoyed the Fringe Festival in Winnipeg. This is a quick shot of the marquee over the Manitoba Theatre Center, one of the main venues.
Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan is a great little town. The Tunnels of Moose Jaw tours are particularly interesting and well done if you are ever in the area. But it was the street crossing signs that caught my eye. I love it when a small town adds a little detail just to see if you’re paying attention.
Crossing Canada, you must cross the vast prairies in the middle. These are the parts of a country that never get enough attention. Friendly welcoming people and cute small towns made this crossing particularly pleasant.
This is a shot of the crowd unwinding and enjoying a few cold ones as dusk settles in after the Canadian Pro Rodeo in Maple Creek, Saskatchewan. In a town that small, I can only imagine this is a major event for them. I know I really enjoyed it.
Emerald Lake is another of my favorite lakes. Located in Yoho National Park in British Columbia, it is always beautiful.
Moraine Lake is my favorite lake in the world. It is in Banff National Park in Alberta. I love it because the color of the lake and the jaggedness of the mountains remind me of a scene I would have drawn as a child. It was amazing the first time I saw that those things could be real, and I never tire of visiting this gem.
It was great to see the moon rise over the mountains in Jasper, Alberta. The Canadian National (CN) train added so much to the placement of the photo.
This is the beautiful boathouse on wonderful Maligne Lake in Jasper National Park, Alberta.
This one is just for fun. I wanted to see what would happen with a slow shutter speed as the sparks kicked off our campfire. The result was kind of cool so I thought I’d share my fire with you.
This is Mount Robson, the tallest mountain in the Canadian Rockies. It was such a clear day to capture the beautiful color of the mountain.
This is beautiful Helmcken Falls in Wells Grey Provincial Park in British Columbia. It is quite a sight to see. I took this early in the morning and loved seeing the rays of the sun play with the mist from the falls.
This busker is juggling machetes while riding a giant unicycle. You can’t not be impressed by that, but the lovely riverfront of Vancouver is pretty nice too.
These cherries looked and tasted amazing here at the wonderful Granville Island Market in Vancouver, British Columbia.
In an unexpected twist, I will be guiding a trip across Canada for the next few weeks. This is a beautiful horse drawn carriage making its way through lovely Stanley Park in Vancouver, British Columbia. The Canadian flag is the dead giveaway!
It is amazing to see what is left of Mt. St. Helens after its cataclysmic eruption in 1980 literally blew its top off. Still beautiful, though.
I was walking through a friend’s neighborhood just outside of Portland, Oregon and came across this beautiful scene. It seemed like a great representation of the suburban dream and the sky was beautiful.
Yes, I like lighthouses. I love their uniqueness in design and setting, their beautiful functionality and the history of their keepers. This is the Coquille River Light in Bandon, Oregon.