This past weekend I was lucky enough to spend Canada Day with friends in Ottawa, our nation’s capital, and, as you can imagine, celebrations were amped up considerably for our 150th birthday.
There was a lot going on, but the highlights for me were seeing Gordon Lightfoot perform on Parliament Hill (though we were limited to the live video stream on the street), the spectacular fireworks show and…well…the crowd’s quintessential Canadian behaviour.
|Managed to get a good view|
What do I mean by this? Well, there were people everywhere.
|In red and white, of course!|
But not once did I encounter any rudeness, pushiness or even any symptoms of bad mood. Everyone was in high spirits, spending the day with their friends and family. Everyone was helping each other: my friends and I were trying to make our way toward Parliament Hill in order to get a glimpse of the elaborate stage setup (and possibly the Prime Minister) when a fellow attendee rushed toward us and let us know we were heading to a queue that didn’t go anywhere and to take a different route. We would have been waiting for hours without her help!
There were many tourists visiting Ottawa to partake in the festivities, and not only were Canada 150 staff helping out with directions and recommendations for things to see and do, so was everyone else, which warmed my Canadian heart.
I have travelled to many countries and have always encountered kindness, but the laid back, friendly attitude of this large-scale crowd in Ottawa really impressed me and reminded me that it is possible to achieve a sort of small-town intimacy in a large city. Much like we see in our books.
What makes you proud of your community? I would love to hear about it in the comments!