I Love Canada Because… Contest

Our vendors love Canada and we would like to find out why YOU love Canada!

Take a look at some of the answers from our Pickering Markets staff and Vendors.


Tell us why you think Canada is a great place to live and you will be eligible to win one of our classic Canadian prizes. Here’s how…

The Pickering Markets would like to know if you love Canada as much as we love Canada…and why! Pick up a ballot at The Pickering Markets or print your own answer but make sure to attach your submission with our ballot. Your ballot will include your name, address, telephone number, and email address. Drop off your submission at our ballot box located at The Pickering Markets’ Information Booth.

Your submission can be between one and 1,000 words. Need some inspiration to get started?
We asked our vendors and staff why they love Canada. Take a look down below. If you enter the contest, you automatically agree to have your answer and first name and initial published.

Meet our judges!

Welcome to the Judges Table...

Every month, The Pickering Markets team will read every single submission, then choose the TOP FIVE. The top five submissions will then be scored by the judges for a winner!

Deputy Mayor David Pickles

Councillor David Pickles and wife, Brenda and their two daughters have been residents in the Brock Ridge neighbourhood of Ward 3 in Pickering for 28 years. Councillor David Pickles was first elected to Council in 1997 and re-elected by Ward 3 residents in 2000, 2003, 2006, 2010 and as Regional Councillor in 2014. David holds a Bachelor of Environmental Studies - Honours Geography Degree from the University of Waterloo and had a 32 year career in senior positions with several Ontario government ministries, including experience in budgeting, planning and environmental protection.

Steve Mills

Steve Mills is the publisher of snapd Pickering, snapd Ajax and snapd Whitby – three local community magazines centered around spreading good news and showcasing the businesses, organizations and incredible people who help build a better community. Steve and his wife Meghan began publishing snapd Whitby in March of 2010, and two-and-a-half years later took the reins for snapd Ajax and snapd Pickering. Steve and Meghan have two daughters and a son and live in the east end of the G.T.A. While Steve has a background in marketing and advertising, he is also a musician and has travelled the world performing.

Aaron Logan

Aaron Logan is the owner of The Heritage Stick Co. a Ontario based custom hockey stick supplier to the NHL, CHL, AHL and special events. His company also promotes Player autograph appearances and has worked with the Pickering Markets since 2007 bringing Current and Former Toronto Sports stars from the Blue Jays, Raptors, Argonauts and Maple Leafs. Aaron loves to travel across Canada exploring all this great country has to offer. His favorite location is Whistler BC, Followed by anywhere in Northern Ontario on a lake or in the woods. Being the Sports fan that Aaron is, he has attended NHL Games in every Canadian City as well worked at the 2015 / 2017 World Junior Championships. Aaron and his wife Melanie have two boys (Aidan & Owen) and live in Queensville ON.


Each month a panel of judges will read all entries and vote for their favourites. The entry with the most votes will win a prize of their choice. All of our prizes listed are valued up to $1000.00 CAD.

A.) Summer barbeque

B.) Four Muskoka chairs

C.) Outdoor firepit

D.) Two kayaks

E.) Two mountain bikes

F.) One Georgian Bay Swing Chair

Contest starts

Saturday, February 3, 2018 and will continue indefinitely at the discretion of The Pickering Markets.


The winners will be announced the first Sunday of each month at 3 p.m. EST for submissions submitted the previous month. The winner will be notified by e-mail to the email address supplied on the ballot, at which time, you will advise us which prize you would like. Each entrant is responsible for monitoring his/her email account for prize notification and other communication related to this contest. The Pickering Markets has no liability for the winners’ failure to receive notices due to spam, junk email, or other security settings or for the provision of incorrect or otherwise non-functioning contact information. If a prize winner does not respond within 30 days, the winner shall forfeit the prize.

Prize Pick-Up

The winner will be notified within 30 days that the prize of their choice is ready to be picked up. The winner must be able to pick up their prize at The Pickering Markets as we will not ship the prize. Entrants under the age of 16 must bring a parent or guardian along to claim the prize. Winners and other interesting submissions will be announced on our website and other social media channel.

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