Water for people, people for water

Canada Day is about celebrating more than Canada’s birthday: it’s about celebrating everything that Canada stands for and everything that is part of Canada.  And of course, the ‘official’ start of summer.
When I think of summer in Canada, I think of canoes and cottages, people waving to each other from passing boats, children gathering at the local swimming hole.  I think of fabulous canoe trips with friends and family in Algonquin Park, for over 40 years. I think of city-dwellers camping out on beaches for entire days, and people catching their dinners at nearby creeks.  Basically, for me – and for many Canadians – both Canada and the summer are all about water.
And finally, summer is here – and from coast to coast to coast, on rivers and lakes, Canadians are out enjoying their local waters.

© Greg STOTT / WWF-Canada
© Greg STOTT / WWF-Canada

That’s why we are celebrating water and people for the month of July, highlighting the many ways that Canadians enjoy their waters, as well as efforts large and small to improve the health and future of our waters.  That includes:
•    Sharing the latest results from WWF’s Freshwater Health Assessments
•    Having fun with Turtle Tuesdays
•    Giving you an update from the recent Canadian Water Summit
•    Inspiring you with stories from on-the-ground projects supported by the Loblaw Water Fund
•    Talking sturgeon, floods, fisheries and more!
Throughout the month, we hope you’ll share your water stories with us: how are you celebrating your local waters this summer, and what are you doing to help care for them?  Because, really, what could be more Canadian?
Happy Canada Day!
©Raul Touzon / National Geographic Stock / WWF-Canada
©Raul Touzon / National Geographic Stock / WWF-Canada