The Big Nickel is a nine metre (30 foot) replica of the Canadian five cent nickel from the year 1951, on display in Sudbury, Ontario. The nickel depicts the mining history of this region, which is home to the largest nickel metal deposit in the world. The nickel w/in the bedrock is the result of material deposited from a comet impact 1.849 billion years ago that created the Sudbury Basin. The Big Nickel itself was erected on July 27, 1964 & remains an iconic symbol for the region. It was foggy this morning, but on a clear day one can see nice views of the Sudbury metro area as well as the Inco (Vale) Superstack, the world's second largest stack in nearby Copper Cliff.
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.