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Discovering Canada – The Badlands of Saskatchewan (preview)

Story and photography by Mike Grandmaison When you say the word badlands many people likely think of barren, rocky, desolate areas found in Alberta or North Dakota. OPC’s Mike Grandmaison ventured to the badlands of what he calls Canada’s most underrated province — Saskatchewan. He encountered buttes, mesas and hoodoos. To read and see more […]

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Discovering Canada – Saguenay-Lac Saint-Jean (preview)

Story and Photography by Mike Grandmaison Roving photographer Mike Grandmaison has a passion for Quebec, and its Saguenay-Lac Saint-Jean Region doesn’t disappoint. From Canada’s tallest sand dunes, quaint covered bridges, Saguenay Fjord National Park and even a hot spot for whale watching, the province’s third largest region has it all. To read and see more […]

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Discovering Canada – Haida Gwaii (preview)

Once called the Queen Charlotte Islands, Haida Gwaii is an archipelago off the west coast of British Columbia covering an area of about 10,180 sq. km. In terms of location, Haida Gwaii is to the west coast of Canada what Newfoundland is to the east coast — it’s as far as you can get in […]

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A Black and White Primer (preview)

Story and photography by Mike Grandmaison I’ve loved black and white photography from the moment I picked up a camera. I studied the genre through books by some of the early masters such as Brett Weston (one of my all-time favourite photographers), Minor White, Ansel Adams, Paul Strand, Dorothea Lange and Henri Cartier-Bresson, as well […]

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Discovering Canada — The Digby Neck and Islands of Nova Scotia (preview)

Story and photography by Mike Grandmaison While the Digby Neck and islands comprise a small geographic region, they offer splendid scenery for those who venture off the beaten path. From quaint coves to lighthouses and a plethora of wildlife, OPC’s Mike Grandmaison shows us where to go to capture the best images on Canada’s east […]

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Discovering Canada – Waterton Lakes National Park (preview)

Story and photography by Mike Grandmaison While those visiting the Canadian Rockies will often flock to Banff, you’ll find OPC’s Mike Grandmaision at his favourite, less-popular mountain destination, Waterton Lakes National Park. Grandmaison takes us through the park, with its dramatic vistas, canyons, waterfalls, clear glacial lakes and so much more. To read the current […]

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Editor’s Assignment – December 2016 winner (full story)

December 2016 winner — Quincey Deters (Triptych) Title: Weathered Photo: ©Quincey Deters   Here is the winner of the December 2016 online Editor’s Assignment contest. To enter the contest and for full details, please visit our website at www.opcmagazine.com. — Editor-in-Chief Weathered Our December Editor’s Assignment was brought to you by Mike Grandmaison. The theme […]

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Discovering Canada – Newfoundland’s Western and Northern Shores (preview)

Story and photography by Mike Grandmaison The landscapes of Newfoundland and Labrador are vast and diverse. They include soaring granite cliffs, deep fiords, dramatic coastlines, ancient rock formations, boreal forests and extensive barrens. Join OPC’s Mike Grandmaison as he shows us how to make the most of a photography trip to Canada’s east coast … […]

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Discovering Canada – British Columbia’s Sunshine Coast (preview)

Story and Photography by Mike Grandmaison It stretches for 180 km along Canada’s west coast, passing through a number of small, charming coastal communities, as well as a maze of inlets, straits and channels. Photo opportunities abound as Mike Grandmaison discovers one of British Columbia’s best-kept secrets, the ‘Sunshine Coast.’ To read more of this […]

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Discovering Canada – Riding Mountain National Park (preview)

Story and Photography by Mike Grandmaison Described as “an island of wilderness surrounded by a sea of farmland,” Riding Mountain National Park doesn’t disappoint. Join OPC‘s roving photographer Mike Grandmaison as he guides us through the shallow lakes, hills, wet meadows and mixed forests that await in this Manitoba Escarpment habitat. To read more of […]

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Discovering Canada — Canada’s Dempster Highway (preview)

Story and photography by Mike Grandmaison Join OPC’s roving photographer as he ventures off the beaten path in the northern reaches of Canada on a 736-km, all-weather gravel thoroughfare — the Dempster Highway. Grandmaison takes us on a guided tour through the remote wilderness of the Yukon, sharing his photography tips and tricks along the […]

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Discovering Canada — Jasper National Park (preview)

Story and photography by Mike Grandmaison Join our roving photographer on a journey through the gentle giant of the Rockies — Jasper National Park. With its majestic peaks, pristine wilderness and stunning landscapes that feature waterfalls, clear lakes, glaciers, deep canyons, caves and expansive valleys, the Alberta-based park is a photographer’s dream come true. To […]

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Discovering Canada – New Brunswick’s Grand Manan (preview)

Story and photography by Mike Grandmaison In this issue, OPC’s Mike Grandmaison is off to the East Coast to explore New Brunswick’s Grand Manan — the largest of the Fundy Islands in the Bay of Fundy. From fishing harbours to the Sardine Museum, beautiful lighthouses to breathtaking cliffs, Grand Manan offers a plethora of photographic […]

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Discovering Canada — Saskatchewan Ghost Towns (preview)

Story and Photography by Mike Grandmaison Exploring old buildings has never been a passion of mine, but from time to time I’ve been known to explore the occasional deserted homestead or ghost town. My interest in exploring these abandoned structures is partly due to my curiosity; wondering what happened over the years that motivated someone […]

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Discovering Canada — Algonquin Provincial Park (preview)

Story and Photography by Mike Grandmaison Mention the name “Algonquin Provincial Park” and most people will surely recognize it. Mist rising from the calm waters of a northern lake, a lone moose feeding in a marsh by the roadside and dazzling autumn colours reflected in a quiet pond are all iconic images of the park […]

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Discovering Canada — Quebec’s North Shore (preview)

Story and Photography by Mike Grandmaison In the Fall/Winter 2010 issue of OPC we explored the Gaspe Peninsula, the south shore of the St. Lawrence River and Gulf. In this installment of Discovering Canada I want to explore part of the north shore of the St. Lawrence. We start our journey just north of Quebec […]

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Discovering Canada – Pacific Rim National Park (preview)

The forest environment was my workplace for nearly 20 years travelling throughout the Prairies, the far north and the Rocky Mountains. When I left the profession of biology for a new career as a professional photographer in 1996, it was only natural that I would continue to work in the forest environment. It was not […]

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Discovering Canada — Prairie Giants (preview)

As I travel across the Canadian Prairies in search of scenic photo opportunities, I’m amazed and saddened by the number of ghost towns, abandoned farm homes and dilapidated grain elevators lost to the climate, the economy and the evolution of society. Yet they draw me in. I wonder about the lives lived inside those walls, […]

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