Road Trip Time Machine: BC Highway 97 – U.S. Border to Vernon, circa 1966

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As some of you already know, we’ve been digging deep into storage and digitizing 16mm photolog footage from 1966 to give you our BC Road Trip Time Machine video series. (“Photologs” were created to capture road condition information across the province and give our engineers the ability to study a particular stretch of road without having to travel into the field.)

So far, we have travelled over the Malahat and along Highway 1 and the original Port Mann Bridge in our time machine travels. Today we are very excited to share the next installment of our series with you – Highway 97 from the U.S. border to Vernon. It’s a long ride, so we have broken it up into three segments for you to view; the U.S. border to Penticton, Penticton to Kelowna and Kelowna to Vernon.

Looking back on these old reels reveals a lot more than just pavement condition. The camera installed onto the dash of a car and driven over 9,000 km of BC highways captured some incredible glimpses of our province during the heyday that was the 60’s. So sit back, relax and watch a world long gone by in the rear view mirror.

So, where were you in the summer of ’66? Did you see someone or something you recognize in these films? Let us know in the comments below. You can also connect with us on Twitter, Facebook or check out our collection of snapshots of life as it looked to those living and travelling along BC highways during the year 1966 on Flickr.

Photo log route along Highway 97
1966 BC Highway 97 photolog route shown highlighted in yellow on a Shell British Columbia/Alberta Map. Produced in 1956.

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  1. This is quite neat. I got my licence in 1966 while living in Kamloops but drove to Vernon and Kelowna a few times so it brought back a few memories. Is there a way to put it on slow motion?



    • Hi Don,

      Thanks for connecting with us here. This film is actually slowed down to 30 percent of its original speed. If you view it on YouTube, you might have better luck pausing on screens to see the details. Hope that this helps.

  2. as U post these gems of our past don’t forget the Kootenays west/east. grew up there and would like to see the change. watched the u.s. border to Penticton and was amazed how little the road has changed from Osoyoos to Oliver.

    • Hi George,

      Thanks for connecting with us here! We certainly won’t forget the Kootenay area in our revival of these films. We are focusing on the Northern area of the province next, then we will focus on other areas.

  3. This is a fascinating look back in time! I am a transplanted Vancouverite now living in Fort St John and would love to see some of the footage from the North East. Where can we access that? I am sure there are many up here who would love to see footage outside of the south western part of the province. Thanks!

  4. This is fun …. will you be posting more of these, I live in Campbell River and it would be great to see the video of the area.