Canada’s 150th Anniversary

2017 marked only the second year since 2002 that Robin and I had been in Canada for Canada Day (July 1). And what a year to be here for since Canada was celebrating its 150th anniversary!  Every part of the country seemed to go all out to celebrate this year and even little Port Stanley outdid itself.

On July 1 proper, Port Stanley held a number of events.  We took in the boat parade in which 20 or so decorated boats paraded up and down the harbour. The boat owners had really got into the spirit and there were flags and moose and Mounties and beavers and red-&-white everywhere.  I was also impressed with the number of spectators who took in the parade; it had been a long time since I had seen the harbour area of Port that busy. The photo above captures a bit of the spirit of the day.

Camera: Sony DSC-RX100
Lens: Zeiss 18-100mm f/1.8-4.9
Focal Length: 12.78 mm
Exposure: 1/250 sec at f/11.0
ISO Speed Rating: ISO 125

On the evening of July 2, Port Stanley hosted a fireworks display on the beach.  I shot the display with my GoPro Hero 5 Black in Night Time Lapse mode; for a first attempt, I was pretty happy with how it turned out.

If you look closely at the video six seconds in, you can see everyone on the beach suddenly stand up to sing “O Canada” which the bar band just off the beach started playing.

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Barry is one of the two driving forces behind Station Studios. An avid photographer and outdoor enthusiast, when he's not traveling, he calls Port Stanley, Ontario home.