What is a country?
A country is just an idea. Yes, a country has physical borders, people, a government, laws, history, national symbols, and ways of collecting taxes and defending itself. But, more than anything, a country exists in the minds of its people. If you ask any two people what defines Canada, you will get two different answers.
For me, the central idea of Canada is “wilderness”. There’s just so much of it. When we go into the wilderness, we immediately get a feeling that the natural landscape is WAY bigger than any of us. We realize that we are just visitors here. It’s a feeling of awe and respect. We know that we are in that “other” place.
This year, Canada is celebrating its “birth” as a country. Here’s why (history lesson alert):
Before 1867, Britain administered a number of distinct areas in "British North America". In addition to the many traditional lands of First Nations and Inuit people, these areas included the three colonies of the Province of Canada (Canada West, soon to be called Ontario, and Canada East, soon to be called Quebec), Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick. After lengthy negotiations, these three colonies came together and formed the "Dominion of Canada" signifying our independence from Great Britain. The British North America Act came into effect on July 1, 1867.
It was only later that other colonies joined Canada and became provinces or territories. So this year, Canada is celebrating the sesquicentennial (150th) anniversary of its political formation. But really, Canadian wilderness has been here and has been unchanged … essentially forever (not counting some ice ages and continental drift). Now THAT’s a reason for a party!
What better time to appreciate a true idea of Canada? Leave behind the cities and towns. Step out into the wilderness and grasp the real Canada. Imagine the smells, the sounds, and the views as you wake up in a tent beside a Canadian lake. Whether for one night or up to two weeks, we’ll show you the Real Canada.