July 1st Is Canada Day!!

artwhiz47

Hamburg, United States

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A hearty hello to all Canadians & would-be Canadians (I myself might qualify) on this their national day! Here on the border we combine our two celebrations ~ Canada Day & July 4th (Independence Day), & cross-border traffic becomes a major boondoggle… but everyone seems to put up with it. For the first half of my life or so, the holiday was Dominion Day, established to commemorate Confederation in 1867. But as Canada’s ties to Great Britain became looser, the National Identity took over.

Here you see a glorious scene in Northern Ontario… along Highway 522 just west of Loring, Ontario, in Parry Sound District. Not much to say about it; it speaks for itself. This thoroughfare may be called a ‘highway’, but in truth it is a country road… quite possible to sit looking at a scene like this without seeing another human being or any type of conveyance for an hour or more. You might see a bear or a fox, or any number of chipmunks, or deer or even moose. Who needs people? Sixty years ago, when I first went up to this part of the world (my uncle had a remote cottage on a small lake there), this road didn’t exist at all. And the eastern section of it was there, but it was a very narrow dirt road with no numerical designation of any kind. At least none that was visible between Trout Creek & Port Loring…. But I ramble.

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