The tides here at Burntcoat Head average 55 feet or so. The difference between low and high tide is tremendous, allowing visitors to stroll out into the bay among the rocks and sand at low tide. Visitors must be cautious, since the water rises at a rate of an inch per minute when the tide turns. A lighthouse was established here in 1858 on a spit of land connected to the mainland by a narrow extension. Eventually, the natural land bridge eroded and the lighthouse was visited during low tide to restock and maintain the lanterns with fuel. Several lighthouses were employed over the years until the last functioning one burned in 1972. In 1995, the local town rebuilt a replica lighthouse and established a small museum and park to commemorate the site.
The capital of Canada is Ottawa, in the province of Ontario. There are offically ten provinces and three territories in Canada, which is the second largest country in the world in terms of land area.While politically and legally an independant nation, the titular head of state for Canada is still Queen Elizabeth.On the east end of Canada, you have Montreal as the bastion of activity. Montreal is famous for two things, VICE magazine and the Montreal Jazz Festival. One is the bible of hipster life (disposable, of course) and the other is a world-famous event that draws more than two million people every summer. Quebec is a French speaking province that has almost seceded from Canada on several occasions, by the way..When you think of Canada, you think of . . . snow, right?But not on the West Coast. In Vancouver, it rains. And you'll find more of the population speaking Mandarin than French (but also Punjabi, Tagalog, Korean, Farsi, German, and much more).Like the other big cities in Canada, Vancouver is vividly multicultural and Vancouverites are very, very serious about their coffee.Your standard Vancouverite can be found attired head-to-toe in Lululemon gear, mainlining Cafe Artigiano Americanos (spot the irony for ten points).But here's a Vancouver secret only the coolest kids know: the best sandwiches in the city aren't found downtown. Actually, they're hidden in Edgemont Village at the foot of Grouse Mountain on the North Shore."It's actually worth coming to Canada for these sandwiches alone." -- Michelle Superle, VancouverText by Steve Smith.