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See the Winning Images from Our Canada 150 Photo Contest

To celebrate the nation’s 150th birthday, we asked our readers to share their best photos of the country. Zoom in on our favourites.

Québec - Grand Prize

Lac Saint-Louis, Beaconsfield

Lac Saint-Louis, Beaconsfield

Angela Auclair
@angelaauclair

“I got a call from a friend telling me to get my kids, because Lac Saint-Louis was frozen perfectly flat. We stayed out there for three and a half hours, a bunch of freezing moms with coffee, watching some very happy children. It was so cold that even the fog crystallized, and it took my fingers hours to unfreeze. The little guy in the forefront is the youngest of the bunch. Kids this age don’t share the puck easily, so it was a big deal for him to get it.”


Alberta

Lake Louise

Lake Louise

Kayla Caluori
@kaylacaluori_

“After a walk around the lake, my friends and I sat on the shore for a snack. We saw a canoe in the distance, and when we realized it was coming our way for the perfect photo op, a bunch of us got our cameras ready. The people in the boat – who turned out to be a family of seven from Calgary – noticed the cameras and started posing for us.”


Québec

Parc Oméga, Montebello

Parc Oméga, Montebello

Monica Healy
@monicahealy

“I was on a girls’ weekend with my cousin, sister, mom and aunt when we came upon this elk eating grass from under the snow. It suddenly looked up, kind of sniffing us through the air. I took a lot of beautiful deer shots that day, but I like the rugged feel of this one. It was cold, but I still made my sister stop the car for a while so I could shoot.”


Nova Scotia

Peggys Cove

Peggys Cove

Wesley Pitts
@wespittsphotography

“Most people just think of the lighthouse when they think of Peggys Cove, but it’s also a quiet little fishing village that’s even quieter in the winter. Since it’s close to my home in the Annapolis Valley, I go a few times a year, but I’d never seen the fishing-boat ropes laid out in such a picturesque way. The abstract pattern caught my eye, and with the village in the background, the composition really captured the East Coast fishing lifestyle.”


British Columbia

Natural Bridge, Yoho National Park

Natural Bridge, Yoho National Park

Alexandre Marcouiller and Francis Fraioli
@alexmarcouiller, @francisfraioli

“The main attraction at Yoho National Park is the Natural Bridge, a broken rock that creates a passageway. The snow had started to melt on the other side of the observation bridge, so the water was high, but you could see the shapes of the rocks under the surface. My friend Francis asked me to go down – he knew it would turn out well, especially with my yellow raincoat.”


British Columbia

Tuwanek, Sunshine Coast

Tuwanek, Sunshine Coast

Regan Hately
@reganthedragon

“The Sunshine Coast is full of small private islands, all about 100 metres from shore. They’re fun to photograph from above because they fit nicely in the frame. You almost get the feeling you’re looking at an entire planet. The shot also represents the vibe of the area, all zigzagging coastline, with inlets and peninsulas, where residents value proximity to the water.”


Newfoundland and Labrador

Joe Batt’s Arm, Fogo Island

Joe Batt’s Arm, Fogo Island

Penny Cofield
@pennycofield

“Fall is my favourite time of year on Fogo Island, when the ocean is calm and after the height of the tourist season. Early one October morning, a month after my boyfriend gave me his old Nikon D90, we were walking around Joe Batt’s Arm taking pictures. The water was still, there wasn’t a soul in sight and this red fishing stage, so emblematic of the area, fit perfectly with the changing colours.”


Ontario

Toronto

Toronto

Michael Sidofsky
@mindz.eye

“I love showing off my city with unique perspectives on iconic symbols. The CN Tower has been shot over a hundred thousand times, but I’d always wanted to shoot it from above, and wondered how close you could get. Then one day, I went up in a small plane at sunset. Turns out you can get pretty close.”


Yukon

Divide Lake, Tombstone Territorial Park

Divide Lake, Tombstone Territorial Park

Caitlin Beaudin
@wild_route_adventure

“On a road trip from Vancouver to Denali National Park in Alaska, my boyfriend and I stopped at Tombstone Territorial Park for a five-day hike. We had never seen mountains like that in Canada. One day, we scrambled up a peak, then down, dislodging rocks here and there, and we came across this lake. The contrast between the grass and the mountains was striking – this photo doesn’t even do it justice.”

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