As adults, we look back at our childhood summers with nostalgia, and so many images come to mind. For some of us, it might be s’mores over a campfire or swims in the lake; for others, it might be city wading pools and ice cream trucks. So we wondered, what do kids these days think of when they look forward to summer? We gave six kids carte blanche to take pictures of their favourite summer experiences, to give us a taste of our own memories. (The good news? It’s really not so different. Ice cream, berry picking and sunsets still reign supreme.)

Thank you to Sophie Bouchard, Christopher John, Alexis and Elyssa McEachern, and Quinn and Chase Petersen for sharing their shots!

pigeons eating feed on pebbled walk
calm lake with dock
Looking up in branches
Canadian geese floating on the lake
girls
canoeing under a bridge on still water

Running shoes and blue sky, by Alexis McEachern

Pigeons in Toronto, by Elyssa McEachern

Berry picking in Comox Valley, BC, by Quinn Petersen

Sunset at the baseball diamond, by Sophie Bouchard

Early morning at the cottage, Trent-Severn Waterway, by Christopher John

The Toronto shoreline, by Alexis McEachern

Swinging under the beech tree in North York, by Sophie Bouchard

Berry picking in Comox Valley, BC, by Chase Petersen

The Toronto beaches, by Sophie Bouchard

Geese in Guelph, by Alexis McEachern

Ice cream in the park, by Alexis McEachern

Reflections in the water, by Alexis McEachern

Running shoes and blue sky, by Alexis McEachern
Pigeons in Toronto, by Elyssa McEachern
Berry picking in Comox Valley, BC, by Quinn Petersen
Sunset at the baseball diamond, by Sophie Bouchard
Early morning at the cottage, Trent-Severn Waterway, by Christopher John
The Toronto shoreline, by Alexis McEachern
Swinging under the beech tree in North York, by Sophie Bouchard
Berry picking in Comox Valley, BC, by Chase Petersen
The Toronto beaches, by Sophie Bouchard
Geese in Guelph, by Alexis McEachern
Ice cream in the park, by Alexis McEachern
Reflections in the water, by Alexis McEachern