A view of the spectacular Salmon Glacier in the Boundary Ranges (Coast Mountains) north of Stewart, British Columbia (Hyder, Alaska). The Granduc Mine Road crosses from Stewart, BC into Alaska briefly before passing back into Canada where it ascends to this high vantage point overlooking the glacier coming down. A large icefield in the clouds is home to several arms of large glaciers such as the Salmon, this one in particular is unique in that while ice descends it hits a headwall in this upper valley causing it to split in two directions. The north lobe ends abruptly where the valley often fills w/ a lake (called Summit Lake) that floods out during late spring, raising the ice levels & causing calving. Look closely above the glacier to spot a noticeable parallel line b/w the brown rock versus the greener plant life, an indication of how high the glacier used to be at the end of the Little Ice Age (circa 1850). The day was high clouds as a new storm moved in, getting a clear day at this location is often rare, & being early August, it was snowing up here briefly. While this panorama gives an overview, it hardly does justice to actually being at the site, truly one of the best accessible glaciers to view in North America (better than the Columbia Icefield in my opinion).
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.