View from the summit ridge on Slalok Mountain in Joffre Lakes Provincial Park, British Columbia. The peak is the most prominent of the Mt. Matier massif if you hike the three Joffre Lakes which are visible in splendid beauty below. Here you can see the Coast Mountains (Pacific Ranges) looking northwards w/ a view of the Garibaldi Ranges & Pemberton Icefield region to the west. Nearby peaks include Mt. Taylor, Tszil Mountain, & Joffre Peak to the east. As you look towards the lakes, the Tszil Glacier is to the left of me & the Stonecrop to the right, as well as a tiny snippet of the Matier Glacier. I went up a precarious route to reach this spot, the last 100 meters to the true top require crampons on steep glacier firn, of which I did not have, or ropes if you want to stay off the ice & ascend the summit spire itself. The view here was nice enough, & to see a more immersed view you can view my "Tszil Mountain summit" panorama. While there was a push to reach the top, I was reminded of a fellow mountain-climber I often followed from her online posts who was tragically killed w/ a few others from a fall on a nearby peak not too long ago - reminded of the deceptive frailty of mountains currently being sculpted by glacial activity.
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.