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Famous Canadians share their favorite sunrises

Follow the sun with Felix Auger-Aliassime, Elisapie, Tom Green, Wab Kinew and Canada’s first Olympic surfer in this mini-graphic novel for Canada Day

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Canada Day Sunrise

Located off the northeast coast of Newfoundland, Fogo Island has been called one of the far reaches of the Earth. And just off the coast of that outer island lie the rock walls and largely abandoned fishing huts of Little Fogo Island. The Fogo Island Inn, above the harbour, is one of the first places in Canada to see a spectacular sunrise.

On the other side of the country, one of the last places to see an amazing Canadian sunrise as the golden orb moves from east to west is Tofino, British Columbia, on the west coast of Vancouver Island. Sanoa Olin, Canada’s first Olympic surfer, who was born and raised in Tofino, gives the inside scoop on the best viewing spot: head to Lennard Island, near the lighthouse, and watch the sun rise over the mountains falling into the Pacific Ocean.

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There are plenty of places in Canada that are celebrated for their sunrises: Banff, Alberta, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia, Parliament Hill in the nation’s capital, to name a few. But the great thing about a sunrise is that you don’t have to go anywhere special. Just get up early.

You won’t be alone. Join famed Canadian early risers Felix Auger-Alliassime, Elisapie, Tom Green, Wab Kinew and super surfer Olin on a sunrise tour of the country by graphic novelist Jeff McIntyre in this special Canada Day collaboration with Postmedia.

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Jeff McIntyre, graphic novelist

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Fogo Island, Newfoundland, Jeff McIntyre Graphic novelist

Jeff McIntyre, graphic novelist

McIntyre is a lively storyteller and recently released his debut graphic novel Salmon migration, Book 1the first part in a series tackling mental health through a rock ‘n’ roll road trip. McIntyre is currently on his own road tour across Canada in his 1985 Buick LeSabre and has seen many beautiful sunrises. “It’s been a wild few weeks.”

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Felix Auger-Aliassime illustration

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FAA in Montreal

Felix Auger-Aliassime, tennis champion

From the French Open at Roland-Garros in Paris to Wimbledon at the All-England Club, the world No. 18 ranked tennis star heads to his second Olympic Games for Team Canada. From July 27 to August he will be back on the clay courts of Roland-Garros, with the aim of getting on the podium. 4. Then, finally, the home of his Montreal sun rises. FAA, as he is known, may only be 23, but he has been immortalized in his hometown with a large mural on the wall of Montreal’s IGA Stadium, where he will play in the National Bank Canadian Open from August 3 to 12.

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Elisapie, Inuk musician

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Elisapie, Inuk singer, songwriter

Inuk musician Elisapie has come a long way from her hometown of Salluit, a small Inuit community in northern Quebec where the sun shines about 20 hours a day in the summer. Elisapie won a Juno in Halifax in March and was subsequently honored with her portrait on a Canadian postage stamp on June 21, Indigenous Peoples Day. This summer she was on tour at the Ottawa Jazz Festival on June 25, and will play the Quebec City Festival (July 8), Edmonton Folk Festival (August 9), Blossoms and Bones Music Festival in New Mexico (September 13 – 14) , then New York and Toronto (November 8).

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Tom Green, comedian, on his farm

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Tom Green on his farm

Tom Green, comedian

When the comedian, actor and podcaster returned to Canada from Los Angeles in 2021, he ended up in the most unlikely place: a farm somewhere in eastern Ontario. He doesn’t say exactly where, but you can catch a glimpse of it on his Instagram feed. In addition to appearances on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast, Green is working on a new Prime video project with – what else? – his life on the farm.

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Wab Kinew, Premier of Manitoba

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Wab Kinew sunrise in Manitoba

Wab Kinew, Premier of Manitoba

In October 2023, Wab Kinew was elected Prime Minister of Manitoba, becoming Canada’s first First Nations (Anishinaabe) Prime Minister. Since 2017, Kinew has been leader of the provincial NDP party, television journalist, university administrator – and rapper. This early rise has led to an orange New Democrats movement that is gaining momentum across the province – Winnipeg just saw its first NDP victory in a battle that has been in the hands of the Conservatives for four decades.

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Sanoa Olin, Olympic surfer

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Sanoa Olin surfer Tofino

Sanoa Olin, Olympic surfer

Olin grew up in a surfing family near the famous Cox Beach in Tofino. She was introduced to surfing as a toddler and got her first surfboard at the age of six. This summer, at the age of 18, she will become Canada’s first Olympic surfer, while shortboard surfing will make its debut at the 2024 Games. Viewers will be in for a thrill: the surfing event (July 27 – August 5) will be held in Tahiti, French Polynesia , on the infamous Teahupo’o Wave, a giant offshore wave above coral reefs. Olin says she loves the adventure of the sport and the way surfing connects her to the ocean and nature. The dawn patrol, catching the early morning waves, lifts her up and beyond.

Jeff McIntyre images

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Sunrise across Canada, the end

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