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Photo Friday

Îles de la Madeleine (Magdalen Islands)—Quebec

Submit your photo to our Flickr Group to see your favourite travel shot as part of our Photo Friday feature on Where.ca! We’ll credit you and link to your photo.

Why We Chose It

Islands are not what one normally conjures when thinking of Canada, but the Magdalen Islands in the Gulf of St. Lawrence are quiet archipelago of unspoiled beaches, farmland and Maritime communities with colourful fishing boats tied up to docks. This photo captures the serenity of the islands and screams summer. The arc of the coastline sets the composition and we love the vibrant colours and the mirrored movement in the low-lying clouds and tides.

Read more: “Getaway to Quebec’s Maritime Archipelago, the Magdalen Islands”

Photo by Hobolens

Red Cliffs and Coastline—Prince Edward Island

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Why We Chose It

Prince Edward Island has some of Canada’s most amazing scenery, with its beaches, ample ocean views and distinctive red soil and sandstone cliffs. This photo is just a snapshot of what makes the island’s coastline so breathtaking. The blurred water effect is perfect against the sharpness of the cliffs and the golden light creeping in from the horizon line pulls it all together. (more…)

Muskoka Steamships—Georgian Bay, Ontario

Every Friday we feature an inspirational travel photo of a Canadian destination.

Why we chose it: Muskoka’s historic RMS Segwun steamship launches its cruise season this weekend. We love the perspective of this photo of the Segwun and its sister ship, the historic-replica Wenonah II, which makes them look especially imposing. The just-after-dusk light creates some stunning colours. Can’t wait to climb aboard! (more…)

Rose Anemone: Scuba Diving off Vancouver Island

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Why we chose it: Yes, there’s scuba diving in Canada! Reminding us that photo ops exist below sea level, too, this photographer has captured one of the most beautiful sea-life shots we’ve seen anywhere in BC’s Telegraph Bay. The clarity and detail is amazing and the colours gorgeous. Who needs the Caribbean? (more…)

Hart House Soldier’s Tower at Night—University of Toronto

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Why we chose it: In some cases, blatant colour manipulation really pays off. We love the use of black-and-white in the peek-a-boo image through the vaulted archway of the Soldier’s Tower on the U of T campus. It really brings focus to the intricate stonework. And it’s a great choice to let the archway itself take up most of the image. An excellent example of how shooting from a different perspective can paint something you see everyday in an entirely different light—literally and figuratively! (more…)

Double Rainbow in the Prairies—Great Sandhills, Saskatchewan

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Why we chose it: C’mon, now: double rainbow?! Not only did the photographer have the good sense to have a camera at the ready for this fortuitous occasion, but the composition is fantastic and the changes in lighting from left to right even more compelling than what you’d find on a perfectly sunny day. The sense of serenity from this image is overwhelming, with the rolling plains of Canada’s “middle child” province revealed in all their glory. Even overcast, the big, open skies look inviting.

Photo by Varina Crisfield

Hudson Bay Sunset — Churchill, Manitoba

Every Friday we feature an inspirational travel photo of a Canadian destination.

Why we chose it: Can anyplace on Earth possibly be this gorgeous? The still-as-glass water in this image conveys a perfect sense of calm and is a flawless mirror for the golden-orange sunset. Icebergs as far as the eye can see really set this landscape apart. Is there anything else to say? We’re speechless. Drink it in. (more…)

Iceberg Season – Quidi Vidi Village, Newfoundland

Every Friday we feature an inspirational travel photo of a Canadian destination taken by one of our readers.

Why we chose it: Iceberg season is getting underway in Newfoundland, as evidenced by this beauty shot just last week near St. John’s. The massive scale of these ‘bergs is illustrated well here thanks to the photographer captured in the photo. We love the simplicity of this image: just the iceberg, the sea, and a slip of shore. As with any great travel photo, it makes us wish we were there. (more…)

Supermoon Over Vancouver – British Columbia

Every Friday we feature an inspirational travel photo of a Canadian destination taken by one of our readers.

Why we chose it: Tomorrow, the supermoon—when a full moon reaches the closest possible point to Earth—will be visible in the night sky. This image of the 2011 supermoon over Vancouver is almost certainly Photoshopped (at least, we’re 99.9 per cent sure), but it’s still stunning. Even without the giant orb appearing over the skyline, the use of negative space, the reflections on the water and the simplicity of black-and-white make for a complex and sleek image. But the moon definitely adds an element of surprise that gives this image an almost supernatural quality. Get your telescopes ready! (more…)

Port Mann Bridge at Sunset—Maple Ridge, British Columbia

Every Friday we feature an inspirational travel photo of a Canadian destination taken by one of our readers.

Why we chose it: The reds, yellows and oranges of the mountains and sky are just too amazing for words. The way the red sunset burns off into the night sky is especially spectacular. But we also love how the bridge towers and cables echo the shape of the mountains and how the range eases into the silhouetted city skyline. (more…)

Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, Southern Alberta

Every Friday we feature an inspirational travel photo of a Canadian destination taken by one of our readers.

Why we chose it: Skies in the Alberta Prairies need no embellishment, and this image of the UNESCO World Heritage site Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump (where Northern Plains people once rushed bison off a cliff in a form of subsistence hunting) captures perfectly the awesome vastness of plains and wild blue yonder in this part of Canada. The cluster of tipis add a layer of interest to the image and provides scale. Plus, they firmly anchor you in this part of the country, where native heritage is as much a part of the landscape as the “wild West” cowboy culture. (more…)

Take Us Out to the Ballgame—Toronto, Ontario

Every Friday we feature an inspirational travel photo of a Canadian destination taken by one of our readers.

Why we chose it: Major League Baseball season swung into action this month and Canada’s sole MLB team, the Toronto Blue Jays, had their home opener this week. While we hope the Jays attract more fans than in this photo, we love the composition here and unique view of the Rogers Centre stadium seating from above. (more…)