What does it truly mean to be Canadian?

In contemplating this question, Canadians often speak in vague terms that include words like diversity, tolerance and security. The truth is, what it means to be Canadian is different for each and every one of us. And so, Maclean’s asked Canadians to share their Defining Canadian Moments. Here are a selection of their stories.

The day I carried the torch for the Olympics

Elizabeth Rae

I felt very proud to carry the torch for Canada and also to represent the Aboriginal people of Canada

Becoming a snowman

Jackie D

We have a good time regardless of what nature throws our way.

My son’s birthday

Pam Wensrich

Daniel loves the maple leaf, and Canada, as much as his Mom.

A Day in France

Tim Agapas

He paused for a second and then said "Canadians died here."

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