Fireworks! Wear your red and white!
It’s already 149 years since Confederation, when the British colonies of Upper and Lower Canada, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick negotiated to form the Dominion of Canada. That fledgling nation of four provinces (Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec, and Ontario) formed the core for our modern country. The rest, as they say, is history– literally.
This means it’s already 49 years since a certain busload of high school band members travelled from Elmira, Ontario, to Montreal with their teacher and chaperones to celebrate the great Centennial year at Expo ‘67 for a week!
What beautiful concerts we performed each day on a picturesque peninsula, in the warm sunlight, while the audience relaxed on the lawn on the opposite shore. One day, suddenly a gusty breeze swooped some of our sheet music into the air and floated it gently onto the water. While we struggled on, our music director’s young son soon found a long stick and fished our music out again. The next day we were equipped with clothespins– no problem for these pioneer spirits to come up with solutions!
Was this episode the highlight of the whole trip?! Well, I assure you that our teenage selves found many more interesting things to be intrigued by in “la belle province” and far from home…!
Our adult selves love to travel too, and Canada is certainly a land of incredible beauty worth looking at! A major highlight of my adult life was our flight in a Cessna 150 (2-seater small plane) from Ontario to Alberta, in July 2003.
I already mentioned the travelogue I had made for our website, in my blog post of July 1, 2015. But just as we will look forward to seeing fireworks again this year, I hope our travelogue bears mention again too. For us, personally, the excitement of the adventure of flying across part of Canada comes rushing back vividly every time we look at the pictures.
Enough said! We invite you to have a look at this little slice of our life on our website:
Travelogue: Waterloo to Calgary in a Cessna 150, July 2003.
(Note, this link opens in a new window).
We hope you enjoy the experience!
Happy Canada Day!