Canada’s beauty will be on spectacular display in China at the end of April, as part of China’s largest annual cultural event, Meet in Beijing. The month-long festival showcases prestigious artists and performers from 25 different countries, but this year, Canada has been chosen as the country of honour.
As part of the special feature, Canadian Geographic will be displaying a selection of 33 stunning photos that fit into the following categories: arctic, wildlife, parks, cityscapes and the landscapes of Canada.
“It’s exciting for us. We’ve got a big footprint here, but outside of Canada it gets smaller and smaller the further you go, especially in languages other than English and French,” says Canadian Geographic publisher and chief operating officer, Gilles Gagnier. “But photographs transcend language… it doesn’t matter what language you speak, everyone can understand the beauty of a photograph.”
Canada’s involvement in the festival is put together by the Canadian Fund for Understanding Through Culture (or Can4Culture), an organization that hopes to spread global understanding through cultural experience.
Can4Culture chair Dr. Nelly Ng says she is very excited about the event and the potential it holds.
“When we get to know each other through our arts and culture, we get to know one another and become a better world,” says Ng. “We have worked with Canadian Geographic to have a beautiful exhibition… after the Chinese saw it they coined it as ‘breathlessly beautiful.’”
The photos are chosen to reflect a variety of geographical and social standpoints, and to represent as much of the country as possible, says Canadian Geographic photo editor Jessica Finn.
“One of our mandates is to make Canada better known to Canadians and the world,” she adds. “This gives us exactly that opportunity, and allows us to display the best and brightest.”
Below is a selection of the photos that will be shown in the festival, which runs from April 23 to Mary 21.
Of all the seabirds to see on Quebec’s Île aux Perroquets, which is part of the Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve, the Atlantic puffin with its dashing beak is the most colourful. (Photo: Jacques-André Dupont
The Adams River in British Columbia is one of the greatest sockeye salmon spawning sites in the world. Every year the salmon return to spawn and die, but every four years is a “dominant” year when millions of spawning sockeye converge in this small area. It is a spectacular demonstration of life and reproduction. (Photo: Garth Lenz
There are spirits in British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest, and the undisputed master of them is the Spirit Bear. Officially known as Kermode bears, these ghostly bears are actually a subspecies of black bear found only on British Columbia’s coastal islands. A good time and place to see them is while they feast on spawning. (Photo: Bill Cubitt
These Beluga whales winter in the straits of Hudson Bay but spend their summers in river estuaries to fish for capelin. This inquisitive pod was photographed beside a zodiac in the Churchill River in Manitoba. (Photo: Mike Macri
Sundogs occur when sunlight shines through hexagonal ice crystals found in cirrus clouds. The origins of the name are lost in history but some believe it comes from how sundogs follow their master, the sun, like dogs. (Photo: Mike Macri
The red fox is found throughout the northern hemisphere. Part of the reason for its success is that it is an excellent hunter. Its hearing is so good that in winter it can hear prey, such as a field mouse, beneath a metre of snow. This fox, spotted in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., is “mousing”, which is how foxes dive through the snow to catch their prey after hearing them. (Photo: Les Piccolo
Toronto, Ont. is the fourth largest city in North America and its web of highways, designed to move the more than five million people who call the city home, are marvels of engineering. A perfect example is seen here, where the Highway 400 and Highway 407 cross. (Photo: Peter Andrew Lusztyk
Canada’s reputation for being cold and snow-covered isn’t quite accurate. This image of Vancouver, B.C., was taken in February 2014, and though the mountains have metres of snow on them, the city’s green playing fields, blue water and red roofs show how moderate a climate the city actually has. (Photo: Dr. Eric Saczuk
Glaciers may have shaped the Niagara Falls 12,000 years ago, but the falls haven’t finished changing. The mighty Niagara River, which flows at a breakneck 56 kilometres per hour, is eroding the falls by about one third of a metre per year. (Photo: Christine Hess
These musk-oxen were spotted southeast of Kugluktuk, Nunavut. Musk-ox have inhabited the Arctic for thousands of years and, with intricate coats made up of multiple layers of hair, are well adapted to life in the harsh northern climate. (Photo: David Ho
The West Coast Trail on Vancouver Island in British Columbia has been one of the world’s foremost hiking destinations for years, but it’s not for the faint of heart. It’s a coastal wilderness component of Pacific Rim National Park Reserve and its wet weather, difficult terrain and the occasional grizzly bear make it a trip best for experienced hikers. (Photo: Dorian Tsai
Hopewell Rocks Provincial Park on the shores of the Bay of Fundy in New Brunswick is home to the world’s highest tides. When the 15 metre tides roll in, these rocks are almost completely submerged. (Photo: Dan Sedran
Kluane National Park is the jewel of the parks system in the Yukon Territory. Located only three hours from Whitehorse along the Alaska Highway, the park is home to Canada’s tallest mountain, 5,959 metre Mount Logan, and innumerable spectacular vistas. (Photo: Peter Mather
Sable Island sits in the heart of the Graveyard of the Atlantic. Hundreds of shipwrecks surround the island, which is why Canada’s first life saving station was built there in 1801. The island’s famous horses were thought to have been introduced around 1738 and now roam wild eating the island’s grass and seaweed. (Photo: Damian Lidgard
Black Tusk is among the most iconic mountains in the Garibaldi Range of the Coast Mountains. The unique shape of Black Tusk comes from its history as a glacier covered volcano. (Photo: Robin O'Neill
The spring thaw fills the tracks and field rows surrounding seven grain bins near Regina, Sask. The prairies are home to vast farms that produce wheat, canola and other grains. (Photo: Ian D. McGregor)
Eve Cone with Mount Edziza in the background are two highlights found within Mount Edziza Provincial Park in Northwestern British Columbia. Mount Edziza is the sacred mountain of the Tahltan First Nation, and is the tallest feature in the park, which is renowned for its volcanic landscape featuring lava flows, basalt plateaus, cinder fields and cinder cones. (Photo: Wade Davis
Photo exhibition will also feature work work by the following photographers:
Dr. Eric Saczuk
Yun Jae Min