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What is So Important about Phase Four of the Kicking Horse Canyon?

Rushing rivers and soaring mountains make for a beautiful road trip, but when it comes to widening and improving highways, those same breathtaking features can pose an incredible challenge. Few highways in BC are more beautiful or challenging than the Kicking Horse Canyon along Highway 1. Constructed through Kicking Horse Pass in 1962 and following basically the original Canadian Pacific Rail route, this portion of the Trans-Canada Highway reaches its highest point at an elevation of 1,643 metres or...

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4 Unseen Engineering Marvels in BC

Engineers are a creative bunch by nature. When faced with a challenging situation, their desire to find a solution is second only to the creativity and analysis they use to overcome that obstacle. The terrain of British Columbia has no shortage of dramatic and difficult terrain for our highway engineers and they are full of innovative solutions. Engineers envision highways carved out of mountainsides and bridges that span awe inspiring gulches and make those visions a reality.  Some of...

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Can You Guess the BC Highway Mountain Pass Word Scramble?

Can You Guess the BC Highway Mountain Pass Word Scramble?

Mountain passes have always posed special challenges for engineers and travellers – ever since we started blazing foot trails, carving out wagon roads, and ultimately laying down highways. But while steep grades and fast-changing weather conditions demand extra caution, mountain passes give us access to some of the most beautiful scenery in the province. There are more than 50 mountain passes in BC, many of them natural landmarks from our favourite road trips. We thought it would be fun...

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Behind the Scenes: Hanging From a Rock Face for Avalanche Safety

The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure Avalanche and Weather Program is changing the landscape of avalanche control in Canada. Dropping explosives from a helicopter has traditionally been our weapon of choice for triggering controlled avalanches. But some challenging terrain on Yellowhead Highway 16, between Terrace and Prince Rupert, has compelled our avalanche team to try harnessing snow and ice rather than letting it loose. In fall 2014, crews completed Canada’s second ever avalanche fencing installation at the 35 Mile...

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7 Things You Need to Know BEFORE Driving the Coquihalla and High Mountain Passes

Coquihalla safety tips

Coquihalla, Rogers Pass, Bear Pass, Pine Pass…are you ready? If you live on the Coast, you may not travel BC’s mountains very often. We’ve noticed a number of those living in those areas aren’t always ready to go from wet Lower Mainland winter to snowy BC Interior/ Northern winter. Sure those mountains make the perfect backdrop to all those Hollywood North movies; and of course, they’re gorgeous looking when all covered in a fresh dusting of snow. Don’t be...

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Keeping You Safe: A Closer Look at Bridge Inspections

Keeping You Safe: A Closer Look at Bridge Inspections

There’s been a lot of interest recently about our bridges and how they’re inspected. Here’s the scoop. The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure manages an inventory of 2,700 bridges plus concession* bridges throughout the province. Sounds like a lot, but here’s a visual for you to put it in perspective. Take those bridges, put them end to end and they’d stretch over 150 kilometres. That’s like driving from Penticton to Merritt! So, how do we make sure so many...

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Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure: What the Heck Do We Do, Anyway?

With a broad name like Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, there are bound to be questions. Like small-talk at a cocktail party, those 13 syllables beg the question: “So, what do you do?” Our Way is the Highway When thinking about the ministry, the first thing that pops into your head is likely B.C. highways. That’s because about 80 per cent of what we do involves building, rehabilitating and maintaining provincial highways to keep you moving safely and goods...

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The Trans-Canada: Transportation and Economy

Try and imagine Canada as it was before the development of a modern transportation system. The roads that did exist were rough, many communities were isolated from each other and trying to cross the country, or even a single province, was a major undertaking that could last for months. If you wanted to travel any great distance, your best bet was probably the Canadian Pacific Railway – the country’s only transcontinental link at the time. Fast forward a few...

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TCH50: 10 Things You Don’t Know About the Trans-Canada Highway

TCH Sign

  If you’ve driven in Canada, chances are pretty good you’ve been on the Trans-Canada Highway at some point. Stretching from coast to coast, it’ll take you through all 10 provinces and show you some fantastic sites to see along the way (here are a few of our favorites). But as you’re travelling the Trans-Canada, have you found yourself wondering how it came to be? Or how many other vehicles are travelling the road with you? Well, we’d rather...

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3 Parts of B.C.’s Trans-Canada that would Knock Diefenbaker’s Socks Off

“This highway, may it serve to bring Canadians closer together. May it bring to all Canadians a renewed determination to individually do their part to make this nation greater and greater still, worthy of the destiny that the fathers of confederation had expected when, through their act of faith, they made it possible. And above all, I express the hope and the prayer today that this highway will always serve the cause of peace, that it will never hear...

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