Seymour Narrows is located near Campbell River, British Columbia & contains the former site of Ripple Rock, a underwater mountain that had two peaks w/ one only 2.7 meters below sea level at low tide. The rock was an extreme hazard to passing ships & often caused shipwrecks spanning back to 1875. At least 114 people have died due to shipwrecks from the rock that an operation from 1955 to 1958 involved 75 men to dig a shaft from the island across the way for explosives underneath the rock. The explosion took place on April 5, 1958 at 9:31:02 A.M., removing the top of Ripple Rock down to 14 meters below sea level. The explosion was declared a national historic even in Canada, & one of the largest non-nuclear planned explosions recorded. Seymour Narrows itself is a narrow channel b/w Vancouver Island & Quadra Island, often shifting in fast currents depending on the tides. Sitting here one could watch underwater currents suddenly shoot up in waves & creating whirlpools, or maelstroms flowing downstream (south), though the reverse flow happens at opposite tide. A few boats were passing through, one even shut off its engine & idled swiftly horizontal through the narrows.
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.