Canada is a nation of incredible beauty. I took my first trip to Canada in 1988 crossing the border from Washington State to British Columbia. My most recent trip was to Toronto in 2013. In 2003, I traveled to New Foundland. I have been to both coasts of Canada and to Quebec, but I have yet to travel to Alberta. Of course, there are still a lot of places that I would love to see in this beautiful country.

Aboriginal people arrived from Asia several thousand years ago using  the land bridge between Siberia and Alaska. The first Europeans to reach Canada were descendants of the Vikings who settled in Iceland and Greenland during the 9th and 10th centuries; the second wave of Europeans were led by John Cabot in the late 15th century.  The English and French settled in Canada because it was rich fishing grounds. In the 1500's. During the 17th century, the French accelerated trading with the New France Company. The creation of England's Hudson's Bay Company initiated a long period of rivalry, culminating in the Anglo-French war of the early 1760s; this ended with the surrender of the French Canadian capital, Québec, to the English forces. The Treaty of Paris, in 1763, gave all French territories in north-east America to the British. Within two decades, however, the English had been ousted from their American colonies following defeat in the American War of Independence. Eastern Canada was then settled by loyalists from the USA holding allegiance to the defeated British Crown. In 1791, Canada was divided between regions occupied by the English-speaking and the longer-established French-speaking community, but the arrangement did not work and was replaced by a unified system. In the mid-19th century, Canada was granted the status of a Dominion of the British Empire, with an autonomous government but with the British monarch as Head of State. From 1968 to 1984, politics were dominated by the charismatic figure of Pierre Trudeau. Brian Mulroney was elected in 1984, and the Québec issue came to the fore once more. A 1995 referendum in Québec resulted in an extremely narrow vote in favour of remaining inside Canada.

Toronto 2013

Cape Spear, the eastern most point of North America 2003

Vancouver Summer of 2000

A Killer Whale sighting in the Wild, Just off the Coast of Victoria in 2000.

On the Subway in Montreal in 1989