Chronicling Canada in photos

Bob Boxall wants to share his cross-Canada adventure with Salmon Arm and help a couple of community groups in the process

Hoodoos: Amateur photographer Bob Boxall’s image of the Alberta Badlands from his cross-Canada trip.

Bob Boxall wants to share his cross-Canada adventure with Salmon Arm and help a couple of community groups in the process.

Last summer and fall, Boxall and wife Dianne did a seven-week, cross-Canada tour. In the process, Bob, an avid photographer, made sure to capture each of the provinces they passed through in all their cultural and seasonal glory.

“This is something that had been in the works for a little while, I was turning 65, my wife’s from Cape Breton and I’m from Ontario. We missed the fall colours,” said Boxall, noting he and Dianne run the summer concession on the Salmon Arm Marine Park wharf. “As soon as that closed up, wham bam, we jumped in our vehicle… hustled right across Canada. And then, once we got east, that’s when the touring started.”

Bob said he knew he’d be taking a ton of pictures, hoping to catch the fall colours of the eastern provinces. When he got home, Boxall said he started going through all his pictures, putting some time and energy into them. When he’d finished with a 43-minute long slideshow of Canadiana from Cape Breton to Salmon Arm, he realized he had something special.

“When I was finished I said, ‘You know, that’s not bad. That’s not bad at all,’” said Boxall.

Friends agreed, and Boxall decided to do something with his photographic collection.

“ I said, ‘I’m going to do it, I’m going to go public with it,’” exclaimed Boxall.

A Silver Acorn Scouts Canada leader of 25 years, Boxall said he knows the organization can always use funding.

“Also, too, I’ve been hungry, and I know what food banks are and how important they are to our community these days,” said Boxall.

To help both of these groups, Boxall is organizing two showings of his photographic presentation at the Salmar Classic, one to benefit Scouts and the other the food bank. Boxall looks forward to sharing his photographic journey and welcomes the community to take part in the experience.

The shows will be on Sept. 25 at the Salmar Classic, with the 2 p.m. matinée benefiting the Scouts and the 7 p.m. viewing to support the food bank.


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