To the locals of the area, the Yellowhead Highway (Highway 16) has been infamously known as the Highway of Tears. A billboard outside Moricetown, British Columbia discourages women from hitchhiking along this remote highway which spans from Prince Rupert to Prince George & parts of Highway 97 south where RCMP have confirmed 18 unsolved disappearances of young women (some say the number is above 40). These instances have involved women hitchhiking & being picked up by random strangers, never being heard from again until their remains are found left alongside remote logging roads in the vast wilderness of northern BC, some of them have yet to be found & the randomness of these crimes make them difficult to crack. Hitchhiking is often utilized in this region where transportation is difficult & towns are spaced far & few. Driving b/w Smithers to Terrace along this highway I encountered five hitchhikers, a practice that is unsafe for both men & women. Of the 18 cases that have occurred since 1969, only two (as of August 2015) have been solved. Besides this highway, it brings a greater awareness of Aboriginal women being murdered in Canada, at least 1,100 cases have been noted b/w 1980-2012.
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.