BC RoadTrip Time Machine: The Malahat, circa 1966

A while back, we posted an invitation to Drive a BC Highway in 15,000 Photos. It was a fast-paced tour of the Coquihalla Highway from 2008 and an introduction to our Photolog program.

That post received some positive reactions, so we thought we’d dig a little deeper and go a whole lot farther back in time. It meant combing through off-site archives and resurrecting some old-school tech, so we could watch and record reels of 16 mm film. And here’s the results from our first session: travelling the Malahat (and the Trans Canada Highway) back in 1966.

The reel itself was about 10 minutes long. It began where you see it in this video and ended outside of Campbell River. That pace was a little too quick for comfortable viewing, so we slowed it down to 30 per cent of its actual speed.

We hope you enjoy this peek into the past, and if you’d like to see more of this kind of content, please leave us a note in the comments below and let us know.

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6 Responses to BC RoadTrip Time Machine: The Malahat, circa 1966

  1. Bill Manners on June 14, 2015 at 2:48 pm

    I hope that this would continue from Duncan to Nanaimo and even up to Campbell River.

  2. Dylan on February 12, 2015 at 10:23 pm

    Very cool!
    Would love to see some in Surrey/Lower Mainland. Or maybe Highway 3 near the Hope Slide 😀

    • tranbceditor on February 13, 2015 at 9:21 am

      Glad you like it Dylan. We are working on more so stay tuned!

  3. Brian Lang on February 10, 2015 at 1:04 pm

    Cool video!
    Was this part of a series by any chance? Hwy 1 from Victoria to the Alberta border? Please say yes….and convert the rest of them!

    • tranbceditor on February 10, 2015 at 2:32 pm

      Most highways were documented like this. We will have a look for you Brian and see what we can find.

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