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The Canadian Love Map is on a mission to tell Canada’s love stories. These are the everyday stories of discovery, loss, curiosity, and love. About overcoming differences, distance, and doubt. Stories that are rich in character, colourful in setting, raw in honesty and inspiring in their complexity.

Love isn’t a straight line. It’s complex. It’s a journey. And everyone needs a good love story.

Join author, former news anchor, and lifelong storyteller Nancy Regan as she shares the extraordinary love stories from across Canada.

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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.3 • 72 Ratings

The Canadian Love Map is on a mission to tell Canada’s love stories. These are the everyday stories of discovery, loss, curiosity, and love. About overcoming differences, distance, and doubt. Stories that are rich in character, colourful in setting, raw in honesty and inspiring in their complexity.

Love isn’t a straight line. It’s complex. It’s a journey. And everyone needs a good love story.

Join author, former news anchor, and lifelong storyteller Nancy Regan as she shares the extraordinary love stories from across Canada.

    The Vanishing Station: Gerald and Spencer

    The Vanishing Station: Gerald and Spencer

    This love story belongs to Gerald Knowlton of Calgary, Alberta and Spencer Purdy of Vancouver, British Columbia.
    These two men share a strange bond that binds them together across three generations: a decommissioned railway station. Gerald is part of a rare breed of Canadians who actually lived in the railway stations that used to dot the prairies. His father was the railway agent and was the one responsible for connecting the small rural town of Standard, Alberta, to the rest of the country and beyond. Memories from Gerald's unique formative years came to shape the man he would become, and form the foundation of the values he would go on to share to his own children and, eventually, grandchildren.
    One of those grandchildren is Spencer Purdy, a visual artist, designer, and architect. When Gerald was approached by the town of Standard to erect a monument to the long-since demolished station, he knew that his grandson was the one for the job. And just like that, grandfather and grandson became partners in this project.
    The resulting structure is a love letter not only to a way of life that has vanished across the country, but also to a father from a son, and to a grandfather from a grandson.
    Presented by Charm Diamond Centres
    Hosted by Nancy Regan
    Produced by Podstarter
    Do you have a great love story? You could be the next guest on the Canadian Love Map! Apply here!

    • 42 min
    The Battle of Alberta: Tess and Payden

    The Battle of Alberta: Tess and Payden

    This story belongs to Tess Monias and Payden Partaker, of Kikino, Alberta.
    Fathers can play a big role in shaping the people we will become. For Tess and Payden, both of their fathers instilled in them an undying love for two Alberta NHL teams: the Edmonton Oilers and the Calgary Flames, respectively. Although the two teams and their fans are fierce rivals, the love between these two young people burned even stronger.
    Before he passed, Payden went to Tess' father to ask for his blessing to marry her. The older man was overjoyed, but knew this wasn't a wedding he'd have the privilege of attending in person, and that his time on earth was short. The two men agreed to a simple pact, but with one small caveat: Payden would wait a year to allow Tess to grieve before popping the question, but would push the timeline forward if her father's spirit sent him a clear sign.
    A few weeks later, he'd get his sign after winning a raffle for two tickets to an upcoming NHL game: Edmonton vs. Calgary. Now working on a shortened timeline, Payden must scramble to pull together an ambitious proposal that will pay respect to both his and Tess' late fathers. It's a story that united even the fiercest hockey rivals for a brief moment of beauty and love.
    For more information and pictures of Tessa's incredible beadwork, visit https://www.facebook.com/tessascreeations/
    Presented by Charm Diamond Centres
    Hosted by Nancy Regan
    Produced by Podstarter
    Do you have a great love story? You could be the next guest on the Canadian Love Map! Apply here!

    • 42 min
    The First Team to Arrive: Tyler and Kat

    The First Team to Arrive: Tyler and Kat

    This story belongs to Tyler Smith and Kat Kastner, of Calgary, Alberta. 
    You may already know the story of Tyler and Kat - they're the inspirational young couple from Alberta who won the ninth season of The Amazing Race Canada. Throughout the 11-episode run, Ty and Kat (a.k.a. "TyKat") dominated in the competition's many challenges, but stood out to Canadians due to their positive attitude, their love of adventure, and their blooming relationship. Both Ty and Kat have overcome loss and heartbreak in their personal lives, which has catalyzed them to become outspoken voices in the mental health advocacy space. 
    This week, and just in time for Valentines day, we are excited to share the story of their next chapter. After the trials that made them closer than ever and that moment of triumph, the amazing story of their engagement. Listen to hear how this beautiful couple met, their decision to compete in the race, and how their picture-perfect proposal narrowly avoided disaster.
    For more information on Tylers mental health community. Visit notaloneco.com
    Presented by Charm Diamond Centres
    Hosted by Nancy Regan
    Produced by Podstarter
    Do you have a great love story? You could be the next guest on the Canadian Love Map! Apply here!

    • 49 min
    Open the Floor for Love: Rick and Haven

    Open the Floor for Love: Rick and Haven

    This story belongs to Rick Glumac and Haven Lurbiecki, of Port Moody, British Columbia. 
    In the journey of love, an important benchmark for many couples is a proposal. Often, a lot of time, energy, and creativity goes into planning these intricate expressions of love - but some couples can take their proposal to a whole other level.
    When thinking about how and where to pop the question to Haven, Rick realized that there was one place in particular that the two shared a unique connection to, and which would make the perfectly unexpected backdrop to this proposal. It was then that Rick, unbeknownst to him, decided to become the first person in Canada to propose to their beloved... on the floor of provincial legislature.
    Listen to hear how this historical proposal very nearly didn't happen, and how a shared passion for public service built the foundation of one of Canada's most unique couples.
    Presented by Charm Diamond Centres
    Hosted by Nancy Regan
    Produced by Podstarter
    Do you have a great love story? You could be the next guest on the Canadian Love Map! Apply here!

    • 36 min
    Finding Purpose: Debbie Adams

    Finding Purpose: Debbie Adams

    This love story belongs to Debbie Adams, originally from Upper Island Cove, Newfoundland. Opportunity is the concept that feeds our thirst to progress in life. Our role models and peers often teach us to take opportunities free of fear and baggage - that the world is our oyster. But what if you grew up in a small, remote community that lacked role models who matched your expectations in life? From her early childhood, Debbie was the square peg, driven by a dream that one day she'd find her fit. Life continuously threw Debbie curveballs and she herself found routes that felt like deadends. But after all that, Debbie built her dream life. Now full of joy, experience and generosity, she has become the role model that little girl from Upper Island Cove needed. Presented by Charm Diamond Centres Hosted by Nancy Regan Produced by Podstarter Do you have a great love story? You could be the next guest on the Canadian Love Map! Apply here!

    • 31 min
    A Tail of Two Loves: Mike and Lisa

    A Tail of Two Loves: Mike and Lisa

    If you've owned a dog or cat, you know the kind of love connection that's formed between a pet and their owner. The flipside of this unconditional love is the heartbreak and anxiety that takes place when your furry friends go missing. According to the SPCA, this happens over 1 million times a year in Canada.  Behind each plea for help is a family worried for the wellbeing of their pet and an animal that is often scared and alone. The resources available to help recover lost pets are limited, so oftentimes the only tools available to owners are free time and goodwill. But one couple is changing that. For the last 5 years, Mike Chapman and Lisa Johstone have given up countless days and nights, using expert skills to help track and recover lost pets. They do it totally out of pocket and ask for nothing in return. For Mike and Lisa, the real reward of this work comes from returning a beloved pet to the place they belong - with their family.  https://www.facebook.com/MCMissingAnimalResponse/ Presented by Charm Diamond Centres Hosted by Nancy Regan Produced by Podstarter Do you have a great love story? You could be the next guest on the Canadian Love Map! Apply here!  

    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
72 Ratings

72 Ratings

wenusd ,

A breath of fresh air!

Just listened to Finding Purpose: with Debbie Adams; love her and love the concept of this podcast, where the world has so much going on that can shadow the good, these stories shed light on the resiliency of Canadian lives, and that love can lead the way:). Can’t wait to listen to more!

chanelle jefferson ,

Love!

Nancy is a wonderful host who brings out the best of stories in her interviews. Recently found her through a friend and I love listening.

travellingtina63 ,

The Guthro Family

I just listened to this and with Bruce’s very recent passing it was ever more poignant. Thanks so much for capturing this, I appreciate it❣️

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