There is something innately special about summer in Canada. This is the first summer in quite a long time that I stayed in Canada for the entirety of the summer season (OK OK I did sneak off to Hawaii for a week in June). I think the reason summer is so special here is because the other months of the year hold such seriousness, we experience harsh elements, giant storms, and very short daylight hours. So when summer peaks her head around the corner after that last big rain or heavy snowfall, we as Canadians, rejoice whole heartedly. Winter jackets get put in the closet and are forgotten about, sandals come out and toes get sandy. Wetsuit gloves are replaced with neon nail polish and our mood shifts into free spiritedness and gratitude. Canadian summer officially ended 3 days ago, the air feels more crisp each morning and the sun goes down a little bit earlier each evening. As I reflect on summer 2016, I am met with feelings of thankfulness—it really could not have been better.
Writing and Photos by: Kaitlyn Shea