Happy birthday, Canada!

Like every year on July 1, the crowd gathered on Parliament Hill to celebrate. And like every year, I couldn’t believe how busy it was…! Apparently, from 150,000 to 300,000 people usually come.

This Canada Day is a bit special to me since I will become a Canadian citizen this Friday. So I walked around, from Parliament Hill to the Byward, from Rideau Street to Kind Edward, taking pictures and enjoying a small burst of patriotism. Hope you don’t OD on Canadian flags!

There were people eating, dancing, skating, trampolining, biking, walking, singing everywhere. Ottawa is definitely the place to be to celebrate Canada!

Parliament Hill
Parliament Hill
Canadian Flags
Canadian Flags
The Snow Birds
The Snow Birds
Proud Canadians
Proud Canadians
Singers
Singers
Crowded Parliament Hill
Crowded Parliament Hill
Selling Canadian... Everything!
Selling Canadian… Everything!
Little Flags
Little Flags
Flying Man?
Flying Man?
Entertaining Kids
Entertaining Kids
100% Canadian Spectator
100% Canadian Spectator
Inside The Teepee
Inside The Teepee
Family Eating Poutine
Family Eating Poutine
Drummers
Drummers
Skating (training for Vancouver 2010?)
Skating (training for Vancouver 2010?)
Dancing In The Street
Dancing In The Street

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30 Comments

  1. Nigel Babu July 1, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    Great Pictures!! Hope you were wearing the Canadian colors and again congrats on the citizenship.

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  2. Final_Transit July 2, 2009 at 8:18 am

    Very interesting to see everyone in a party mood! Toronto was quiet silent comparatively, but maybe that’s because we just had the pride weekend 3 days back and the weather was not that great. We were dressed in Canada colors and invited strange looks from people… 😀

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  3. shionge July 2, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    YoooHoooo Zhu…Happy Birthday Canada and our flag is the same like Canada – Red & White so great to see the celebration of colours there 😀

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  4. expatraveler July 3, 2009 at 1:10 am

    wow – what a festival! I saw some night shots on Flickr too, just amazing… That’s really neat how much you got to see, and yup, they love those flags! 🙂

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  5. Soleil July 3, 2009 at 8:05 am

    Great pictures! I had no idea that Canadians were so patriotic. Wonderful to see the flag and red and white everywhere.

    And since today is Friday, HAPPY BECOMING A CITIZEN OF CANADA DAY! Can’t wait to hear all about it.

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  6. expatraveler July 3, 2009 at 9:29 am

    Oh and congrats on becoming a citizen!!! I need to hurry up and apply.

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  7. DianeCA July 3, 2009 at 12:00 pm

    Congratulations on your Citizenship! Today is Friday!! Great post about the national day as well. Never saw so much red and white in my life!

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  8. RennyBA July 3, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    Belated happy Birthday – all the way from Norway. Even more; Congrats with your citizenship!

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  9. Zhu July 3, 2009 at 6:44 pm

    @Nigel Babu – I actually totally forgot to wear white and red, so I was wearing black. Nevermind 😆

    @Final_Transit – I heard that Toronto wasn’t big on Canada Day… too bad! Next time come and join us in Ottawa!

    @shionge – Red and white are great colors for a flag, I love them too!

    @expatraveler – Ottawa loves Canaday Day, it’s a big tradition here. Our time to shine I guess! 😆

    @Soleil – Usually, Canadians are not that patriotic… I’d say less than Americans, But on Canada Day, people go wild!

    @expatraveler – Thank you 🙂

    @DianeCA – Thank you 🙂 Writing a post about it right now!

    @RennyBA – Thank you Renny!

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  10. sunny July 4, 2009 at 1:34 am

    Great photos!

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  11. Bluefish July 4, 2009 at 11:22 am

    I was in Banff on Canada’s Day, thinking it’s be amazing to celebrate this special surrounded by mountains. But I was too exhausted from our 3.4 km hike (one-way) that I passed out on the bed. 😛

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  12. Zhu July 4, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    @sunny – Thank you!

    @Bluefish – 😆 Sorry to hear that… but the hike must have been nice!

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  13. beaverboosh July 4, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    Great shots Canadian girl, hope ya had a great Canada day… I kinda, sort of… almost forgot about it… but then remembered in the end and sang the national anthem to myself! x.

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  14. Seraphine July 7, 2009 at 1:37 am

    i thought quebecoise didn’t like dominion day???
    i don’t like trampolining so maybe i’ll shampoo instead on canada day.

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  15. Tonpapa July 7, 2009 at 2:45 pm

    Si tu me le permets, je remercie le Canada et les canadiens de t’avoir accueillie ; ils ne le regretteront jamais. Par contre si je disais que je suis fier de toi tu me répondras que j’en fais trop… OK … Je n’en rajoute pas.
    J’espère quand-même que tu passeras encore nous voir de temps en temps à la maison.

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  16. Zhu July 7, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    @beaverboosh – You didn’t even miss Tim Hortons? I’m disappointed!

    @Seraphine – It’s good that I’m not a Quebecer then 😉

    @Tonpapa – Tonpapa… c’est Maori comme nom?

    Je viendrais quand tu seras un artiste célèbre avec une fontaine à ton nom dans le centre de Nantes.

    … Ou quand les Canadiens me lanceront la première boule de neige cet hiver…

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  17. Seb July 7, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    Beautiful! Love the planes and contrails picture with the building in forefront.

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  18. Agnes July 8, 2009 at 9:06 am

    Now I want to go see Canada…

    I love the Canadian flag, by the way 😀

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  19. CM-Chap July 8, 2009 at 10:45 pm

    Congratz Zhu for becoming a canadian citizen…

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  20. Teena in Toronto July 8, 2009 at 11:44 pm

    Congrats on becoming a citizen of our fine country!

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  21. Seraphine July 9, 2009 at 1:00 am

    any good reason to have fun is ok with me.
    and appreciating one’s blessings in life is always a cause for celebration.

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  22. Seraphine July 9, 2009 at 1:03 am

    holy shit!
    i just noticed you became a canadian citizen last friday! you had it in different colored font, and it just kinda became invisible to me until i read it in some other people’s comments.
    congratulations zhu!!!
    HUGS: now *that* is reason to celebrate.

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  23. lazyking July 9, 2009 at 11:56 am

    congrats.
    Hope you enjoyed your national day

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  24. Scarlet July 9, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    What an awesome celebration! Congrats to you, Canadian girl! 🙂

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  25. Shantanu July 11, 2009 at 5:31 am

    Very nice pictures. The colors of the Canadian flag are particularly cheerful and bright on this wonderful day for all of you. Congrats, Zhu!!

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  26. Brenda July 11, 2009 at 8:37 am

    Wow, great pics! My brother and sister-in-law were there that day too. Ottawa is a fantastic place to be for Canada Day, I agree. Congrats on the citizenship!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

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  27. barbara July 15, 2009 at 1:44 am

    Salut Zhu,

    You certainly earned the right to OD the Canadian flag & anything in red & white ! That looks so fun 🙂 I completely understand !

    Great pics of a memorable day.
    Bises

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  28. Celine July 15, 2009 at 8:25 am

    Wow, great pictures, and congratulations.:)

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  29. angelaineurope July 15, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    Absolutely awesome about you becoming Canadian! And I love seeing patriotism…no matter which country!

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  30. Gledwood July 16, 2009 at 7:50 am

    Hi Zhu… now I’m following you…!

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