Canada's 'Centennial Baby' was Baywatch Bombshell Pamela Anderson of Ladysmith B.C.

Pamela Anderson

Ladysmith, British Columbia - She was the first baby born as Canada celebrated its 100th birthday on July 1st, 1967. Today Pamela Anderson has one of the world's most familiar faces, and of needless to say, one of the most recognizable bodies. She was born in Ladysmith, a town of less than 10,000, located on the 49th parallel (latitude of Canada/US border), on the east coast of Vancouver Island. Anderson stepped on to the road to fame when she attended a B.C. Lions football game in Vacouver wearing a Labatt's Beer t-shirt. The camera found her and the audience rocked. The beer company hired her for promotions and then she went on to television acting roles on Home Improvement, and then Baywatch, which catapulted Ladysmith's Pamela Anderson to international fame.

Where: Ladysmith is a hillside town with a harbour, 88km/ 53mi north of Victoria. Built in the late 19th and early 20th-century for miners from Nanaimo, the town is known for its warm seawaters and popular six-week Festival of Lights, which starts in late-November. Tourists travel here to take off on hiking, hunting and fishing trips, etc. From Victoria, the road trip to Ladysmith goes through the scenic Cowichan Valley.

In the News: Pamela Anderson made the news in 2008 when it was reported that she was developing eco-friendly 50-million dollar condo community on the waterfront in Ladysmith, on what was her grandparents property.

 
 
image

Lucy Izon

Canada Cool is produced by award-winning Canadian travel writer & speaker Lucy Izon. Her travel stories & reports have appeared in numerous leading North American publications including the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Toronto Star, Globe and Mail, and Chicken Soup for the Traveler's Soul. Bio page

Canada’s Coolest:

Welcome to a new feature on Canada Cool. I'll be presenting different 'Coolest' lists with my favorites and I encourage you to nominate suggestions from your own experiences. You can Twitter @CanadaCool or email Lucy@CanadaCool.com. Let me know what makes your suggestion exceptionally cool. Remember, by contributing your comments you are giving Canada Cool permission to quote you. Only a selection of submissions will be included, but all comments and submissions are greatly appreciated!

The first feature is: Canada's Coolest Single Day Scenic Drives

Here are some of my favorites...

Icefields Parkway - the world's most accessible glacier

The Icefields Parkway, Jasper National Park, Alberta - This 229 km (142 mi) Rocky Mountain route from Banff/Lake Louise to Jasper passes 100 frozen rivers and nudges the base of the Athabasca Glacier - the most accessible glacier in the world. You can stop and explore it. It spills down from the Columbia Icefield, an area of ice so massive that you could fit the entire population of North America on it with each person getting at least a square metre of space.

Algonquin Moose Viewing

The Corridor, Algonquin Park, Ontario – this 56-km stretch of Hwy 60 cuts through the southwest section of Algonquin Park. Less than three hours north of Toronto the park is a nature-lover's paradise with 7,725 km of lakes, rivers, forest, trails, camping, comfortable lodges and 2000 km of canoe routes. Offers hiking trails to stop and enjoy, but what makes it really cool is that it’s one of the best places in North America to spot moose (especially in May and June). And, on Thursday nights in August up to 600 cars will gather to listen to wolves howl.

Cape Breton Cabot Trail drive

The Cabot Trail, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia – Driving this 303 km (187 mile) route is like riding a roller-coaster: the road snakes around hairpin turns, rises to heights over 365 metres (1200 ft), weaves around headlands revealing spectacular coastal scenery, and plunges down to sea level taking you into the heart of small fishing communities. The most dramatic scenery is between the Cape Breton Highlands National Park entrance near Cheticamp and Pleasant Bay, so go slow. And, plan some flexibility into your schedule, so you can drive it on a clear day.

And here are some of your nominations for 'Canada's Coolest Single Day Scenic Drives'...

 

More from Canada’s Coolest

'Canada's Coolest' topics we'll be publishing in the future:

  • Golf Course Features
  • Haunted Hotels
  • Hotel Special Services

Send your suggestions to lucy@CanadaCool.com

Recent 'Canada's Coolest' topics: