When Canadian Geographic editor Aaron Kylie came to me last year with the idea of creating a special issue of Instagram images of Canada, I jokingly suggested we call it “Canada Squared,” in homage to Instagram’s humble beginnings. The photo-sharing platform has long since expanded on its square roots, allowing vertical or horizontal images and video.
And yet when I open the app to check out the latest activity from Can Geo’s Instagram community (30,000 followers strong and growing!), I’m still greeted by a grid of square-cropped images — a sort of virtual window in which each pane opens onto a different breathtaking vista. Is it any wonder that updating Instagram has become my favourite daily task?
Some of the photographers featured in 150 Ultimate Canadian Instagram Photos I’ve been following for a while; others I discovered while researching this special issue. They hail from every corner of this country, from coast to coast to coast. For some, photography is a career; for others, a hobby. But what they — and we — share in common is a passion for making Canada better known to Canadians and the world. How lucky we are to live in a time when digital technology has made that possible on a previously unimagined scale.
Here are 10 of my favourite photographs from the book (though who am I trying to kid? They're all my favourite); pick up your copy on newsstands or online now and get inspired to explore more of this country we call home!