Canada celebrates it’s 150th anniversary of Confederation in July, there are a ton of events planned to mark the celebration.
The Vancouver Courier put a callout asking it’s readers to share our favourite memory of Canada. Mine made it to print, more because the Editor is a friend! Check it out Canada Day Countdown: 146
It’s not surprising my memory involves reading, I can’t remember all the books I read on that train journey but these were the ones that stood out for me.
As I shunted across Canada by train, observing the dramatic changes to the landscapes outside my window, I was drawn to books that showed me the land through the eyes of another, and I remember being particularly in awe of the work of Roy Henry Vickers. I later attended a storytelling session of his at a long hall in Tofino and was mesmerized by the pictures he could conjure up in my head, but also the similarities to Irish folklore.
On this same train journey, I witnessed my first ever whistle stop. Granny was visiting her family somewhere on the Prairies – a vastness so flat, you could see the truck leaving it’s trail of dust for miles and miles. The train ground to a halt at the one spot where the road met the train tracks and soon the truck arrived with banners and balloons and two very excited kids to welcome their Granny. With the 6-foot jump between the train and the ground, the Conductor had to help her down to terra firma. As soon as she was safely deposited with her family, the train chugged off into the flatness. I remember watching the spitting dust of the truck for ages afterwards.
What’s your memory of Canada?