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Voices From Canada: Quotations About Canada

Canadian Wilderness

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Canadian Quotes

This is a poetic tribute to Canada, compiled of quotes and sayings about Canada from the people who knew it: the First Nations people, immigrants to Canada, and people who live here now. These are Canadian quotes that you may have never heard before, telling you about a country called Canada that is like no other.

Listen as your tour guide leads you to listen to each voice, a voice singing out in the wilderness, aware of the special quality of this nation, Canada. Each one, whether First Nations, Immigrant or modern Canadian adding to tribute. Listen closely now ...

Welcome to Canada

Ladies and gentleman, I would like to welcome you to the land of a thousand places. Spanning 5061 kilometres in length and an area of nearly 10 million square kilometres, this country is the second largest in the world.

There are so many places in Canada. You will be able to find any place that your heart desires in this country. Are you craving some ocean salt and the lulling comfort of a long, arid beach? Perhaps your taste runs more to the flat grasslands or the rocky bush country. Need a break? Need a time-out? Canada is the place to come. We have thousands of acres of undeveloped land, land which still sits as God created it: untouched, unploughed, unwashed.

Welcome to Canada, ladies and gentleman. Many others have come before you and found the magic in this vast land. Let us listen to some of their voices as they talk about what they have seen in this land.

The Wilderness

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First Nations Voices

First, let us listen to the voices of those who first owned this land: the First Nations of Canada. These were the people who loved the land in its purest form, for its rivers, lakes and wildlife. They saw a Canada that we will never see. Let us listen first to their voices. First, a voice about saving the environment, long before we had heard of "being green."

Only when the last tree has died
and the last river has been poisoned
and the last fish has been caught
will we realize
we cannot eat money.

--Cree Indian Expression

Chief Dan George

Photo by Too Tall Paul

Photo by Too Tall Paul

And from a famous chief, author and actor, we hear about how the land itself speaks to him:

The beauty of the trees, the softness of the air,
the fragrance of the grass speaks to me.
The summit of the mountain, the thunder of the sky,
The rhythm of the sea, speaks to me.
The faintness of the stars, the freshness of the morning,
the dewdrop on the flower, speaks to me.
The strength of the fire, the taste of salmon, the trail of the sun,
and the life that never goes away, they speak to me
And my heart soars.

--Chief Dan George

And from another important First Nations leader, we are given a reminder of how important it is to save the land.

"We must protect the forests for our children, grandchildren and children yet to be born. We must protect the forests for those who can't speak for themselves such as the birds, animals, fish and trees."

--Qwatsinas (Hereditary Chief Edward Moody), Nuxalk Nation

All First Nations quotes taken from the following website:

First People of America and Canada.

Check this site to find more words of wisdom.

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Photo by Laineys Repertoire

Photo by Laineys Repertoire

Immigrant Voices

Next, we will listen to the voices of immigrants: those who chose to come here, in spite of not knowing what they would find. Those people who call Canada home after living somewhere else and have sacrificed their the comfort and familiar for the prospect of a better life. What do immigrants have to say about Canada?

An newly arrived immigrant writing to his wife, in 1832, says this of Canada:

I cannot give you much account of Canada at present ... the flies are very troublesome; there are great numbers, and different from those in England ... The people seem to be very bad farmers. ...Whiskey very cheap."

--Stephen Goatcher, from English immigrant voices: labourers' letters from Upper Canada in the 1830s pg. 13

From a former servant in England who had immigrated to Canada, writing to an acquaintance in England:

This is a good country, for a poor man: he can get a good living, if he is industrious. I have also to mention to you, that the winter is a little colder, and the summer is a little warmer than in England. ... This is a good country. I like it very much. I would not go back to England on no account.

--James Lanaway, from English immigrant voices: labourers' letters from Upper Canada in the 1830s pg. 298


Susanna Moodie

And from a proper lady who married a bush man, and then grew to love her rough land:

Canada may not possess mines of gold or silver, but she possesses all those advantages of climate, geological structure and position, which are essential to greatness and prosperity.

Her long and severe winters, so disheartening to her first settlers, lays up, amidst the forests of the West, inexhaustible supplies of fertilizing moisture for the summer.

--Susanna Moodie, from Roughing it in the bush, or, Life in Canada pg. 296

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Modern Day Canadians

And finally, let us hear the voices of some modern-day Canadians. Listen to the voices that speak out about this place called Canada.

From a Canadian immigrant who has set up a website, Swan Paradise, declaring the wonders of Canada:

...once we discovered Canada's marvellous beauty, including its pristine nature scenery and its friendly people, we felt an instant connection. From the moment we filed our papers to come to Canada to the moment we arrived here, we grew fonder and fonder of this country. Once we finally reached our destination, we knew we had found our best place to live in the world.

From a former Honourable Prime Minister we hear poetry and longing:

Have you ever, on a cloudless night, looked down from a passing aircraft flying over Canada? Endless, glowing strings of cities, towns, and homesteads. Stretching on and on, one province to the next. With only the stars in the distance.

--Paul Martin

I am Canadian Rant

I Am Canadian Rant

And finally from a commercial about Canada:

Hey, I'm not a lumberjack, or a fur trader....
I don't live in an igloo or eat blubber, or own a dogsled....
and I don't know Jimmy, Sally or Suzy from Canada,
although I'm certain they're really really nice.

I have a Prime Minister, not a president.
I speak English and French, not American.
And I pronounce it 'about', not 'a boot'.

I can proudly sew my country's flag on my backpack.
I believe in peace keeping, not policing,
diversity, not assimilation,
and that the beaver is a truly proud and noble animal.
A toque is a hat, a chesterfield is a couch,
and it is pronounced 'zed' not 'zee', 'zed' !!!!

Canada is the second largest landmass!
The first nation of hockey!
and the best part of North America

My name is Joe!!
And I am Canadian!!!


Ladies and gentleman, I hope you have learned from these voices of Canada. Thank you for listening and welcome to Canada, true North strong and free.

Fans Singing "O Canada" at Gold Medal Hockey Game

Background Note: This hub started from a lesson I did in my Social Studies class about Canada. I was searching for a way for the students to get excited about Canadian geography, our curriculum topic.

I wrote down the title, "Canada: The Land of a Thousand Places," and a few notes, which I shared with the class. Years later, I found the notes and created this hub out of it. As writers, we can get our inspiration from anywhere. Thanks for reading!

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Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on June 19, 2015:

Great Canadian quotes here. I think your students would love this lesson. Lovely photo! Voted up!

Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on April 11, 2012:

Vellur, thank you so much. There is a lot of untouched nature in Canada. Take care!

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on April 11, 2012:

Canada is so beautiful,the pictures are awesome. I love nature and nature is in it's pristine form in Canada. Voted up. Awesome.

Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on February 21, 2012:

Francis, I am so glad you found this interesting. Thanks for the comment!

francis5k on February 05, 2012:

Canada it's great place and beautiful! thanks hub very interesting article.

Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on November 06, 2011:

Jools, thanks for stopping by the hub! That is cool that you have that special connection with Canada. Wow, that would be quite a trip, seeing a lot of country! I hope you're able to make it. Take care and thanks so much for sharing your story.

Jools Hogg from North-East UK on November 06, 2011:

My husband proposed to me in Toronto so Canada will always be big in my heart. We're thinking of coming back next Summer, starting in Toronto and finishing our trip in Vancouver. Great hub, loved the photos,very heartfelt and patriotic, voted up!

Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on September 24, 2011:

Immartin, thank you so much. I can hear the longing in your voice and I can see why you are homesick. I am glad to meet a fellow Canada lover and I am sure you'll be back soon for a visit. Take care, my friend.

lmmartin from Alberta and Florida on September 23, 2011:

Oh Canada, my Canada. My home and native land. Yeah, okay I live in Florida but I AM CANADIAN. Beautiful hub. Made me homesick. Lynda

Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on September 18, 2011:

Subdomain, thank you so much! We would love to have you. Take care.

subdomain on September 13, 2011:

I would like to visit Canada, someday :)

Great hub, those little poems are so beautiful.

Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on September 10, 2011:

Rebecca, thank you very much! It was a lot of fun to research this article. I am glad you enjoyed. Have a wonderful day!

Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on September 10, 2011:

wba, I'm always glad to meet a fellow INFPer, seeing there's so few of us around! Thanks for coming by. That's neat that you went to the Toronto Blessing ... I had friends that were involved in that but did not go myself. Small world! Take care.

Rebecca E. from Canada on September 09, 2011:

this is welld oen and informative. I know you really know teh area, but even someone who didn't would understand this and enjoy teh read. from upstate, NY on September 09, 2011:


I saw your name on Ms Dee's INFP Hub and though I would check the Hub's of a fellow INFPer. Canada is indeed a beautiful country and has the best national anthem in the world. I have only been to Toronto and Montreal. I went to the christian revival in Toronto at the Toronto Airport Christian Fellowship which for me was life changing. I went to Montreal for a wrestling tournament when I was in college in Potsdam NY. Best to Ya!-WBA

Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on September 08, 2011:

Hafeezrm, from looking at your profile, you seem like quite the traveller and I am sure you would enjoy Canada. I would love to be able to visit some of the places you write about, too. Thanks so much for reading and giving your input.

hafeezrm from Pakistan on September 05, 2011:

Nice hub. I have never been to Canada, just passed it while going on Alaska Ferry. I could see its lush green forests and small settlements dotted all over.

I loved the quotes of Chief Dan George, just mesmarizing, leaving one spellbound. Thanks.

Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on September 03, 2011:

RedElf, that's awesome! I'm proud of that, too! And your comment means a lot, especially coming from you. Take care!

RedElf from Canada on August 31, 2011:

Makes me proud to be a Canadian - great hub, princess!

Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on August 11, 2011:

Carol, that is aweome to hear! I bet the distances must seem so strange after Europe. I haven't seen Europe myself and would to take a tour, too!

I hope you enjoy yourself if you come again. If you are going North, you might want to go to the Yukon. It is breathtaking! The distances are very great, though, so you need a lot of time to go! Take care and thanks for the great comment!

Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on August 11, 2011:

Tip, if you love nature a lot, I would suggest the Yukon. It is absolutely breathtaking! And you can take in Alaska while you're there, too. Thanks for the great comment and for stopping by! Take care.

Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on August 11, 2011:

Hey Nell, that is so cool about your country. I guess at one time Canada would have been a great place to hide out! There are still a few places Up North where people could get pretty lost, if they wanted. We would love to have you, by the way! Cheers!

Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on August 10, 2011:

@Ange, thank you so much for the kind words. Take care!

@Breathing, I hope you can make it! It is very peaceful here. Take care!

Carolina from Switzerland on August 10, 2011:

Canada is a beautiful very big country. My family made a Camper tour in the Eastside for 4 weeks. We have to adjust with the distance of the places which took hours to travel as we are used with the geographical distances of places here in Switzerland and in Europe. However we enjoyed our RV travel and plan to travel the Northside sooner or later.

Interesting and informative hub for me to refer later. Thanks.

Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on August 10, 2011:

@Nurse, thank you so much for your kind words. I am glad you had a chance to see it one time. There is a lot of beauty here. Take care!

@Augus, that is so cool that your sister lives in Canada! You definitely need to visit your sister! Take care.

Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on August 10, 2011:

@ Rick, I see you are from the UK. I would love to visit England, too. Maybe you'll make it some day! (And maybe I will, too!)

@Cari, that is so cool that you are married to a Canadian. We send a lot of us down there, lol! Yes, if you ever have a chance to go up North, it's so gorgeous! The Yukon is right next door to Alaska, so it's possible to check out both places in one trip. I still want to see Alaska, too!

Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on August 10, 2011:

Travel Man, it sounds like you have been everywhere! That is so cool that you stayed here for a while. I will have to look at your Canada hubs. Thanks again for commenting! Take care.

Tammy on August 09, 2011:

I would love to visit Canada someday in my travels. I love nature at it purest. Thanks for sharing, I loved your photos too.

Nell Rose from England on August 05, 2011:

Hi, I would love to come over to Canada, my great grandfather was Canadian, but he is a mystery! we know nothing about him apart from where he came from, long story! lol and we say zed too! cheers nell

TANJIM ARAFAT SAJIB from Bangladesh on August 02, 2011:

Canada is the most peaceful country with natural beauty. I like to visit that place.

angemac23 from Canada on August 02, 2011:

A great tribute to a great country!

agusfanani from Indonesia on July 31, 2011:

My sister lives in Canada and I'd like to visit it someday. Thank you for this beautiful-with-awesome-pictures hub.

Gail Sobotkin from South Carolina on July 30, 2011:

What a stunning, comprehensive hub about Canada. Your love of your country shines through in your writing and in the photos you chose to share its still pristine beauty with us. I only saw Canada one time a few years ago while on a short cruise but it made a lasting impression on my memory due to its friendly people and magnificent scenery.

Thanks for sharing this. Am voting it up across the board, exept for funny.

Cari Jean from Bismarck, ND on July 24, 2011:

I have been to Canada but would someday love to explore some of the undeveloped areas. It amazes me how big the country is yet not very populated. It is a great country and I'm proud to be married to a Canadian!

Rickrideshorses from England on July 24, 2011:

Wow, very moving. I have two friends who live in Canada and would love to visit some day.

Ireno Alcala from Bicol, Philippines on July 23, 2011:

Great hub, prairieprincess! I've been there in Canada since December of 2008 as a seafarer. You'll never know how my fixation in your country precipitated because of the weather in a good sense!

Our ship became a liner for the rest of my contract until August of 2009.

I've also written a hub regarding the 1,000 islands plus picturesque scenes of winter and summer there.

Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on July 23, 2011:

Rose, it is such a vast place. That is so cute that your mom made you wear Maple Leaf shorts! Yes, I have never been to PEI, either, and I would love to see it, too. Thanks for dropping by and perusing my hub. Take care!

Rose West from Michigan on July 22, 2011:

There must be so many places to visit in Canada! I'd love to explore it... I was there once when I was very little - it was Canada Day and my mom made all us kids wear Maple Leaf decorated boxer shorts :) I would love to see Prince Edward Island one of these days...

Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on July 21, 2011:

Marellen, thank you so much for your beautiful, positive words! That is so great that you have managed to get here twice and I am so glad that you were impressed enough to talk about it. I think it's such a beautiful place, too! Take care.