After walking from Vancouver to Ottawa, will James Top Mars continue heading east?


Veteran James Top completed a trek from Vancouver to Ottawa last week in protest of his vaccination obligations, but he is now embarking on a journey again and assessing whether to head further east.

“I knew this might last a little longer, and I haven’t ruled it out,” Top told The Epoch Times in an interview on July 3. Should be made. “

Topp states that, like team members, they need to have a “personal internal conversation” before deciding what to do next. Topp says he will not reveal his plans until this more detailed consideration is completed.

Topp left Vancouver on February 20th and walked 4,300 km across the country to Ottawa, arriving last week.

Epoch Times Photo
James Topp (c) walks with his supporters to the War Memorial in Ottawa on June 30, 2022. (Noé Charter / The Epoch Times)

As a civilian and military reserve for the RCMP, he was affected by two separate missions. The RCMP mission has been suspended, but the military mission is still valid.

Topp faces military accusations for publicly speaking against the mission.

Future Plans

Top arrived at the National War Memorial in Ottawa on June 30, with more than 1,000 supporters walking behind him.

The journey ended with the top kneeling in front of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

If Topp ties his shoes and chooses not to go east, he says it may not end his advocacy. Veterans are considering joining the Canadian Citizens’ Union, a comprehensive organization of various groups advocating for civil liberties.

“This also weighs heavily on my heart,” Topp said, citing continued advocacy.

Topp was counted as a major achievement in meeting the MP in Ottawa on June 22nd.

“I think this is an antidote to imbalances so far,” he said.

“Surreal experience”

Topp met many Canadians along the way, greeted him, thanked him, and provided support. The Epoch Times witnessed many vehicles coming in to shake hands with the top on June 29, while walking 27 km from Dunlobin to Bells Corners, Ontario.

“Thank you. We are really grateful for what you are doing,” a tearful woman told Topp during the break.

As Topp and a group of 20 supporters walk through Kanata’s construction site, a young worker said, “James Topp is a legend! In fact, you are all legends and James is a leader!”

As Topp approached downtown Ottawa, these sporadic events became commonplace, with supporters walking behind him from hundreds to over 1,000.

“It was a pretty surreal experience, I wasn’t ready for it. I thought I was interested to some extent, but in other words, I can’t even prepare for that level of involvement. It was, “said Topp.

“I’m still in a state of sinking it all,” he added. “This is probably the most notable experience of my life, so it’s not something you can just board without a little remorse.”

Noe Chartier


Noé Charter is a Montreal-based Epoch Times reporter. Twitter: @NChartierET Gettr: @nchartieret