BC Road Trips

A look at the attractions, history and activities that are available along our beautiful province, accessible by our BC highway system.

BC Road Trip Time Machine: Hope to Lytton on BC Highway 1, circa 1966

You asked for it and here it is. Hop aboard our BC Road Trip Time Machine and travel back to Highway 1, through the Fraser Canyon from Hope to Lytton, circa 1966. The significance of this road and its seven tunnels cannot be understated. In order to improve this portion of the Trans-Canada (the same general route used by the Royal Engineers to build the Cariboo Highway almost 150 years ago), some of the most difficult and expensive highway...

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Slow Down, Pull Over and Stay Inside.

When it comes to preparing for an emergency, our friends at PreparedBC know the drill. That’s why we jumped at the opportunity to have them share their valuable insight on what to do if you are driving when an earthquake strikes. Read on friends… “Drop, Cover, Hold On.” If you live or travel in BC, let’s hope these four words aren’t news to you. They describe the first three life-saving actions to take during an earthquake. Drop to the...

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BC Road Trip Time Machine: Highway 99 from Horseshoe Bay to Squamish

Get in and buckle up because this episode of our BC Road Trip Time Machine is set to take you on one curvy highway – Highway 99 from Horseshoe Bay to Squamish to be exact. The “Sea to Sky” corridor is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful drives in the world, taking motorists on a dramatic route from Vancouver along the Howe Sound, through Squamish, then on to Whistler and beyond. Many improvements have been made to this highway...

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BC Road Trip Time Machine: Cruising Highway 97 from PG to Dawson Creek

Hop aboard the latest episode of our 1966 road trip series – Highway 97 from Prince George to Dawson Creek. It’s a long ride, so we have broken it into three segments for you to view: from Prince George to Parsnip River Bridge, from Parsnip River Bridge to Chetwynd and from Chetwynd to Dawson Creek. If you’ve been riding along with us, you may have already toured the southern stretch of BC Highway 97, from the U.S. Border to...

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How to Prevent Vehicle Fires While Travelling on BC Highways

We’ve noticed more vehicle fires on BC highways lately – especially heading up mountain passes such as the Coquihalla. That’s the bad news. The good news is most fires can be prevented with adequate maintenance on your car, truck or recreational vehicle. Here are a few things you and your mechanic should keep an eye on. Vehicle Weight It is extremely important to know (and adhere to!) how much weight your vehicle is designed to handle. That means being...

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How to Do a Pre-Trip Inspection on Your Recreational Vehicle

The all-important pre-trip inspection was one of the hot topics when Commercial Vehicle Safety and Enforcement (CVSE) officers hosted a “Know Your Recreational Vehicle” safety education event in Kamloops on May 2, 2015. Big thanks to CFJC TV for coming out to cover the event at the Kamloops Westbound scale. WATCH VIDEO There’s a lot to know about your RV. Once you’ve mastered your RV’s specifications – incuding everything from towing requirements to load capacity – it’s essential to...

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Learn How to Make Your RV Safe and Legal with CVSE

Everyone’s recreational vehicle setup is different. From licencing to load and towing capacities, drivers can be left scratching their heads about their personal specifications… and how to travel safely (and legally) on BC highways. Our Commercial Vehicle Safety Enforcement (CVSE) branch wants to clear up any questions you may have about your RV to help gear you up for the adventures ahead this spring and summer. So, our trusty CVSE officers are shutting down the Kamloops Westbound Scale to...

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Ride the BC Road Trip Time Machine: Highway 1 and Port Mann Bridge 1966

By now, you may have already experienced what it’s like to go back in time through our BC Road Trip Time Machine series. Using an old 16 mm reel from our Photolog program archives, we started by recreating the drive along the Malahat (and Trans-Canada Highway) in 1966. We had a good hunch people would like it, and we weren’t wrong. Whether reliving the experience from your youth or seeing it for the first time and being shocked at...

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