It’s Canada Day — and time to see the Great White North


Today is kind of a double anniversary for The Travelling Boomer. First, it’s Canada Day, the day when we celebrate Canada becoming an independent country back in 1867. And second, it marks the 300th post published on this site. That’s a personal milestone, admittedly, but also a tribute to those of you who have come along on all the adventures since the site started.

The Travelling Boomer been around almost three years, and in that time I’ve covered a good part of the Western world. You’ve come along with me to see giant tortoises and frigate birds on the Galapagos Islands; to stroll the boulevards of Paris; to explore the ruins of Tikal in Guatemala; to gazeToronto City Hall sign at castles along the Rhine; and to cruise through Scandinavia under the midnight sun.

But aside from a few posts about Toronto and Montreal, most of that travel has been outside Canada, my native country. Which is ironic, since this is one of the most spectacular countries on earth. It stretches across a whole continent, touching three great oceans. It has vast forests and lakes, endless prairies, soaring mountains, great cities filed with art and music, and a whole smorgasbord of cultures.

So it’s time to see more of Canada, and this summer that’s going to happen. Later this month I’ll be visiting Inuit towns and villages on the country’s northern coast as I sail the Arctic with Adventure Canada, on a trip sponsored by Nikon Canada. And in August, I fly to historic Quebec City for some sightseeing and whale-watching on the St. Lawrence River.

I’ll be seeing some of Canada’s most spectacular sights, from its rarest wildlife to the roots of its unique culture. And the prospect is just as exciting as if I were taking a trip to Europe or Asia or Africa. There are great things to see in this great big country, and it’s been too long since I ventured out to see them. This year, I’m going to make a start on fixing that.

Heart of Arctic bow

So if you’re Canadian, happy Canada Day. And if you haven’t seen all the country has to offer, there’s no time like the present. If you’re not Canadian, the invitation still stands; you’re welcome any time. Just let us know you’re coming and we’ll cook up some poutine, with a keg of Moosehead to wash it down …

Arctic photo by Lee Narraway, courtesy of Adventure Canada


About Author

Paul Marshman is a retired journalist who spent 30 years as a writer and editor on Canadian newspapers, while travelling to the ends of the earth. Now he continues to travel while passing on his travel experiences to you.


  1. Congratulations Paul — and Happy Birthday Canada!
    It’ll be great to hear your impressions and opinions of the true north, strong and free.
    Do for this country what you’ve done for the rest of the world — open our collective eyes to the wonders around us and the privilege we enjoy (at least those who venture out) to experience them.
    When I can’t go myself, I’m happy to join your journey here.

    • Thanks, Brian — I’m looking forward to it a lot. You’re right, it’s a privilege to live in the Great White North, and a greater privilege to travel around and see it. If I can give a few people a new look at Canada’s many wonders, I’ll be more than happy.

  2. dennis francz on

    Happy Canada Day to the almost 40 million Canadians out there. Hey Paul, that’s a great invitation for the rest of the world to come and see the greatness of Canada. Is that the Niagara river behind those trees? I’m going east in August maybe I’ll see you on the whale watchers boat.

    • Thanks, Dennis. Yes, it is the Niagara River, near the spot where you did your death-defying leap on the riverbank. Let me know when you’re heading east, maybe we can meet up.

  3. Paul, Happy Canada Day – a little late but Canada is such a great country that it deserves to be celebrated for a month not a day! Also very, very big congrats and hugs on your 300th post. You (and Canada) inspire me in every way!

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