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Last July 1st, blog correspondent Jim Shipley and his buddy Frank hiked to the top of The Nub in Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park to celebrate Canada 150.

As Jim’s photo attests, it was a little bit snowy backpacking into the park via Bryant Creek and Wonder Pass at that time of year. But what a great way to celebrate the country’s birthday!

If you went somewhere special this Canada Day, send a photo, location, and brief description of your special day to oromaniacs@gmail.com.


Photo by Pat Morrow

Pat and Baiba Morrow spent the Canada Day weekend with friends on the Kootenay River, practicing their rusty canoeing skills in preparation for a trip on the Yukon’s Wind River later this month.


Damien Richard photo


Damien Richard took this shot of his wife Shawna in the Rockies east of Lake Windermere on Canada Day. As described by Damien:  “We visited the tarn in the bowl of Mount Aeneas via Pedley Pass this Canada Day. It was a strange day to be in the backcountry, it seemed like mother nature gave us every type of weather from overcast to rain, then hail. Not long after we arrive at the tarn, we were greeted by some fleeting blue skies. That bit of blue stuck around just long enough for us to grab this photo. Despite the weather, it was still a perfect day to be in the Rockies.” For more great photography by this super-active couple, check out https://www.instagram.com/parkstagrammer/.


Martin Belanger selfie with the Castleguard Patrol Cabin, Banff National Park.


Marty Belanger knows how to spend a Canada Day weekend alone. As he writes: “This hike was a very last minute idea. I had tough negotiations with European colleagues right up to 3:00 pm on Friday. When I got home I just decided I needed to get out. My pack is always ready to go. I just added a bit of extra groceries. The plan was to do the Alexandra River valley to the Castleguard meadows and back over the Saskatchewan glacier. I hadn’t been on a pure solo (no dogs included) trip since last September. I just love going places where no one else wants to go. I was totally alone with my thoughts for 4 days. Nothing like sitting by a fire in the wilderness. It was cold, wet and miserable, but that makes me enjoy life all the more. It even snowed this morning. My first real snowfall in July. Happy Canada Day.” Check out Martyupnorth on YouTube for more solo epics.