By Craig and Marc Kielburger
Illustrated by Adrian Alphona
To see Canada is to know and love it. Imagine meeting someone new to our country—an immigrant or a refugee that is at the beginning of their Canadian experience. Would you start by showing them the landscape, or would it be one of Canada’s many historic sites you first share?
Whether it’s sights or sites, these places represent aspects of Canada that we take pride in.
Below, prominent Canadians weigh in on the question: Where would you take a new Canadian?
“I was born and raised in Alberta and am always proud to show off the Rocky Mountains. Canmore was my home for the last six years and this magical mountain community must be one of the most beautiful places on the planet. The short but spectacular hike to Grassi Lakes is my favourite place to take people.”
“I have been in the airline business for more than 30 years, which has given me the opportunity to see much of Canada. I was born and raised in Quebec, went to school in Vancouver, and now live and work in Calgary, and yet I would pick Newfoundland. It offers a unique mix of harsh weather and breathtakingly stunning scenery with some of the warmest and friendliest people you’ll ever meet. It is also home to Gros Morne National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site.”
“I would rent bikes in Vancouver. We would ride around Stanley Park, go over the bridge to Kitsilano Beach and then onto Granville Island. I would then take them on a gondola ride to the top of a mountain for some hiking.”