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Happy Canada Day!

We drive past this house all the time on our way back to our own home, and it never fails to turn our heads… but since it was decked out even more than usual today in honour of Canada Day, we decided to stop and take a picture.

Canada House
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While I was snapping photos of the outside of the house, my husband was chatting (as is his wont) with the owner of the place, who happened to be sitting outside with his family and who very kindly offered us a tour of the inside of the house.

Wow!

You think the outside is dramatic?! The inside is a completely over the top, amazing, kitschy in a fascinating way, maple-leaf-and-Canadian-flag labour of love. Dan (the owner of the house) said that he didn’t mind if I took pictures, but I hardly knew where to begin! Every surface that could be painted was done up in red and white with maple leaf accents, and every surface that could accommodate some bit of Canadiana did… flags, Mounties, totems, beavers, military memorabilia, framed newspaper articles, and so on.

Canada House washroom
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What a fantastic experience!

Unfortunately my camera battery was dying and I wasn’t able to get too many photos, but I did manage to capture this one – a copy of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms – which was rather apropos, I thought, considering the day.

Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms
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As we left, Dan gave each of us a souvenir of our tour – a silver totem pole keychain – and we left with huge smiles on our faces.

Chinook
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Happy Canada Day!

Laurel Regan – Writer, tangler, learner of French and Italian, crocheter, cat herder, needle felter, iPhoneographer, Growlita, iFan, on-and-off politics junkie, 80s music trivia freak, ongoing work in progress.

{ 6 comments… add one }

  • Cheryl49 July 1, 2012

    Wow, how cool is that house?  I love it!  :)

    • DawnStorey July 1, 2012

      Isn’t it great?! He’s put a WHOLE lot of time and energy into it. So glad we had a chance to get the tour!

  • Sue Reimer Hutchinson via Facebook July 1, 2012

    What a wonderful story …

  • Laurel Regan via Facebook July 1, 2012

    It was definitely a wonderful experience, Sue!

  • BeckyCochrane July 2, 2012

    That is SO cool! I’m glad you got to tour the inside. 

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