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by Brett M. Christensen

This story was first published on January 7, 2014

Outline

Caption on a circulating image depicting a roadway at the bottom of a deep snow canyon suggests that the picture was taken in Canada. 

Brief Analysis

The image is genuine, but it was taken in Japan, not Canada. Astute observers will notice that the vehicles are driving on the left side of the road, not the right as they would in Canada. The road is known as the Yuki-no-Otani snow canyon and is located in Japan’s Toyama prefecture. The snow canyon has become a tourist attraction in its own right.

Example

Meanwhile in Canada Snoy Canyon Message

 

Detailed Analysis

This image, which depicts a roadway at the bottom of a deep snow canyon, has circulating via social media for several years. The image includes the text “Only in Canada”, thereby implying that the snow canyon roadway is in Canada.

The photograph is genuine, but it was not taken in Canada. In fact, the snow canyon roadway featured in the photograph is located in Japan’s Toyama prefecture. 
The roadway, known as Yuki-no-Otani snow canyon, is part of the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route. The Go!Nagano website explains:

The Alpine Route is a spectacular scenic passage over the Japanese Alps connecting Nagano Prefecture’s Omachi with Toyama Prefecture and the Sea of Japan. This is an area of immense snowfall, and when the road opens in mid-May, it is surrounded on both sides by walls of snow 10 meters tall. Special hybrid busses carry amazed passengers from the Toyama side to Murodo, which is the starting point to climb the peak of Mount Tateyama, one of Japan’s Three Sacred Mountains. 

Many more images of the snow canyon can be found on a number of travel websites.

The following YouTube video shows a snow canyon roadway from inside a bus:

More observant recipients will likely have quickly noticed that the vehicles in the picture are driving on the left side of the road rather than on the right as they would be if the snow canyon was really in Canada.

Importance Notice

After considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.

These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.

Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.

And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.

When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.

I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.

A Big Thank You

I would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.

I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.

Closing Date

Hoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.

Thank you, one and all!

Brett Christensen,
Hoax-Slayer