Two young men are hitchhiking across the country to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday. Vancouverites Ori Navarez and Phillip Roberge are travelling from the Yukon to Newfoundland on solely the kindness of Canadians and $150 in their pockets. They are calling it “Expedition Canada 150”.
The two made a stop in Grande Prairie on Thursday. Roberge says it has been wonderful how much people have helped them along the way. He says they have little to no food but they have offered to help at restaurants in exchange for things like fresh fries.
“Every time they have refused our work and they have given us the free food anyway. It is annoying because we really do want to give back and work. It is baffling how nice people have been towards us.”
Roberge says they don’t accept money but they will accept sandwiches.
It has been a personal goal of theirs to go across Canada and they each have goals to accomplish while they do it. Navarez says his biggest goal is to get a ride on a train.
“I think trains are a huge part of Canada’s history, and also today. I think it would amazing to just be on a train and get a ride down the Prairies or something like that.”
A big goal for Roberge is to be able to experience the country and explain the different parts of Canada to others that ask about it. Their journey will end when they hit St John’s, Newfoundland.
The pair graduated from University of British Columbia this spring and they are using this trip as break until they apply for jobs.