What it means to be Canadian

Happy Canada Day! What is the most “Canadian” thing that I have ever done? Tons! My definition may be different from yours, especially coming from someone who couldn’t get enough of the “Canadiana” section at Chapters.

One thing that comes strongly to my mind is…Road Trips. I can’t think of a better way to experience Canada than to drive across the Trans-Canada Highway through the beautiful vastness of the country.

A few years ago, I drove from Vancouver to Toronto. I was inspired (semi-consciously) by Michael McGowan’s One Week. I didn’t meet Gord Downie, Emm Gryner or Grumps, but I did encounter average Canadians who were kind, friendly and each had a life story of their own. They questioned why I was heading east when most people head in the opposite direction to the west coast. The grass is seemingly greener on the other side.


I experienced the awe-inspiring journey that was captured in One Week, but in my own version. Near the end of the drive, I was exhausted, and maybe even a little homesick from being on the road. I have no regrets. Here are some photos from my road trip:

TransCanada Roadtrip, Part 1 – from Vancouver to Toronto


My Roadtrip Playlist:
1.   In the Backseat – Arcade Fire
2.   I Will Follow You Into the Dark – Death Cab for Cutie
3.   Fast Car – David Usher
4.   Drive – The Cars
5.   Viva la Vida – Coldplay
6.   Road to Joy – Bright Eyes
7.   The Girl – City and Colour
8.   Blackwinged Bird – Emm Gryner
9.   Comfortably Numb – Pink Floyd
10. Today – Smashing Pumpkins


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