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?
Amanda Lindhout, journalist, activist, author of A House in the Sky: A Memoir (2013)
“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.”
Gregg Saretsky, former president and CEO, WestJet
“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.”
Jesse Giddings, television journalist and photographer
“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.”
Craig Kielburger and Marc Kielburger are the co-founders of the WE Movement, which includes WE Charity, ME to WE Social Enterprise and WE Day.
Adrian Alphona is a comic book artist best known for his work with Marvel Comics’ "Runaways" and "Ms. Marvel." When not illustrating, he watches bad horror movies. Looking beyond Canada 150, he likes to think that future relatives will have a positive world to find themselves in.