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Our CanadaOur Canada

Our Canada

October/November 2019

The extraordinary magazine that brings our country to life! Share in the stories, photos, special hometown places, and family-favourite recipes that make this the most unique, proud-to-be-Canadian magazine ever. Every picture and story in this one-of-a-kind magazine will bring Canada to vivid, colourful life for you. Join over 1,000,000 readers - and celebrate Canada!

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6 Issues


2 min.

HOW LUCKY WE ARE Eighteen years ago, my cousin Helen and her husband Jozef came from Slovakia to spend three weeks with us here in Canada. We took them from our home in rural southern Ontario to the Blue Water Bridge in Sarnia, through the Niagara Peninsula to Ottawa and back via Algonquin Park and Muskoka, making many stops along the way. We took many photos and labelled them all. In her Christmas letter last year, Helen once again mentioned what an unforgettable experience they had had, how often she looks at the photos and relives the trip. She has said the same thing in every letter she has written since 2000. I admire her ability to relive her trip just as if she were experiencing it again. Among other wonders, Helen and…

2 min.
contributor spotlight

NICOLAS MONGEON Born in Sudbury to wonderful Francophone parents, Nicolas is proud of his family’s roots. He is studying journalism and communications at Laurentian University and dreams of one day becoming a documentary filmmaker focusing on food cinematography. In his spare time, Nicolas loves to travel, take long camping trips and enjoys the culinary arts. His philosophy in life is to “stay young, no matter how much time goes by.” At 22, he has already backpacked around Canada and Europe. Turn to page 18 to read his Our Travels piece about a three-day train journey to Ban., Alta., with his buddies. ROGER LAFONTAINE According to his children, Jacynthe, Francois and Serge, Roger’s true passion is photography. After 35 years working as a math and science teacher, Roger started his own photography business after…

1 min.
editor’s letter

NEW POSSIBILITIES If you’re anything like me, it may have taken a little while to come to terms with the fact that summer is indeed truly over. Now that fall has arrived, though, there’s a whole new set of possibilities for you to enjoy—starting with the latest issue of your favourite magazine. Autumn is, of course, gloriously colourful in many parts of Canada, which is the central theme of our cover, as well as the breathtaking photo feature beginning on page 44. Kudos to the contributors whose photos were selected to appear, not only for their abilities with a camera, but also for getting out there and enjoying the great outdoors. With Thanksgiving arriving in mid-October, we thought you might like to try out some new recipe possibilities at your family gathering (page…

1 min.
our canada

Chairman of the Board Christopher Dornan Editor-in-Chief, Reader’s Digest Canada Dominique Ritter Our Canada Editor-in-Chief Gary George Executive Editor, Digital Brett Walther Senior Editor Maryanne Gallagher Editorial Intern Mehanaz Yakub Proofreader Imogen Brian Art Director Robert Bigras Graphic Designers Pierre Loranger, Michel Pelletier Assistant Web Editor Robert Liwanag Content Operations Manager Lisa Pigeon Circulation Director Edward Birkett THE READER’S DIGEST ASSOCIATION (CANADA) ULC President Brian Kennedy Legal Barbara Robins Financial Director Corinne Hazan Product Manager, Magazine Marketing Mirella Liberatore National Sales Director James Anderson National Account Executives Suzanne Farago (Montreal); Melissa Silverberg (Toronto); Robert Shaw (Vancouver) Marketing and Research Director Kelly Hobson Head of Marketing Solutions and New Product Development Melissa Williams Senior Project Manager Meri Ward Production Manager Lisa Snow Toronto Office: 121 Bloor St. E., Suite. 430, Toronto, ON M4W 1E6 TRUSTED MEDIA BRANDS President and Chief Executive Officer Bonnie Kintzer Editor-in-Chief, International Magazines Raimo Moysa…

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veteran profile

Dennis William Davies My uncle Dennis of Minburn, Alta., enlisted in Edmonton on July 7, 1941. Posted to 427 Squadron, he became an aero engine mechanic and, in April 1943, was sent to the United Kingdom. On August 29, 1943, the plane he and two other mechanics were travelling in on an assignment crashed south of Dent, England, leaving no survivors. A TRAGIC LOSS: • LAC Dennis William Davies, RCAF; Minburn, Alta.; age 25• Cpl. William Phillip Holt (mechanic), RCAF; Hillaton, N.S; age 24• Cpl. James Edmond Keighan (mechanic), RCAF; Niagara Falls, Ont.; age 37• P/O Robert Lloyd Henry (pilot), RCAF; Turnerville, Ont.; age 23 When the “dreaded telegram” arrived, our family was devastated. Our hearts go out to the families of the other men on the flight, and to all of Canada’s veterans. To…

5 min.
marking history

Back in 1999, my partner Cindy and I lived on Calvert Island, B.C., for a time. For centuries, the east side of the island has been used as a blockade by mariners for protection from the Pacific Ocean swells generated by the approximately 7,000-kilometre crossing from Japan. While exploring the rugged west side of Calvert, we discovered overgrown paths lined with plastic debris tied to tree branches, which were used as trail markers by boaters. The ten-foot salal bushes were so thick, we had to crawl on our hands and knees to make it to the next opening. After spending two winters hacking out paths, and erecting boardwalks, bridges and ladders, we found out that there was a much more interesting history to these trails and beaches than we initially knew. BACK IN…