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  • Sled Heads

    Beyond the urban centers of Southern Ontario, beyond the sprawling suburban communities, and up into the rural north, the landscape changes and the so does the climate. The wilderness opens up in its natural state and envelops the smaller and more isolated communities. The snowmobile was born out of this Topography. These ‘chariots of the north’ serve as a functional transportation vehicle for individuals and communities living in more remote and snowbound places across Quebec, Ontario, Northern Michigan and beyond. I had heard about a vintage snowmobile rally in Eganville, and it piqued my curiosity. With a growing interest in documenting regional cultural festivals in Canada and as an outsider to snowmobile culture, I made my way Northeast towards the Ottawa Valley. I’ve been documenting some of the lesser known Canadian cultural festivals, celebrations, and rituals of the present. In documenting a diverse range of smaller regions, communities, and individuals, I am attempting to construct an understanding of my own relationship to the multifarious notion of Canadian identity. I have been documenting regional cultural events that are seldom seen outside their locales. These events are traditions that are important in building and maintaining regional communities in different places across Canada. As a country Canada spans 9,984,670 square kilometers, making it the largest country in the western hemisphere. Its culture is as diverse as it’s geography, and so it is not so strange for me to feel like a foreigner inside the country I call home. This is one of the reasons why I wish to bring these activities into focus and share them with a larger public in hopes of including these hidden treasures in a larger picture of how we as Canadians view Canada.