There is a small town just north of where I live with a set of numbered streets running perpendicular to its Main Street – like so many towns of similar age and history. And like other towns, there is no 13th street. I noticed this when I was a teenage driver going out to the fairgrounds in the summer. The street was labeled “B.C. Avenue.” I assumed it stood for “Before Christ” because the town was settled by the Dutch and is known for being quite conservative.
Now I’m not so sure. I recently drove out to visit a family living on British Columbia Avenue – the street between 12th and 14th Avenues. I’ve tried to find out if it has always had that designation or not but Google has failed me – or it has always had that name. It is a nice way to recognize our near-by Canadian neighbors who, (at least currently,) are not trying to build a wall between our countries.