BC Road Trips

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

To Drive and Protect

How You Can Save Police from Roadside Injuries Police officers not only enforce Cone Zones, they are also protected by them. Sure, bright orange pylons aren’t usually present to announce when an officer is in a vulnerable position, but drivers should still approach with caution police and other emergency personnel working along roads. RCMP Staff Sgt. Pat McTiernan has been experiencing Cone Zones from the perspectives of both enforcer and roadside worker for 35 years. He has been struck,...

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Share your Summer #BCRoadTrip

BC Highway photos

The road trip. The time-honoured tradition of getting in your vehicle, turning up the tunes and heading out on the highway. There’s nothing quite like travelling the open road, soaking in the sights, sounds, and getting to know the communities along the way. Now, there’s a “road trip”, and then there’s a BC ROAD TRIP. From coastal mountains to Interior deserts and northern lakes, there’s so much diverse terrain to cover across BC. Whether you’re travelling solo, with friends...

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What’s Shakespeare’s Connection to the Coquihalla?

  If you’ve ever driven the Coquihalla Highway, you’ve probably noticed names like Shylock, Othello, Juliet, Portia. And if you’re a fan of English literature, you’d also probably recognize these names as characters penned by none other than the Bard of Avon himself – William Shakespeare. So what’s Shakespeare doing on the Coquihalla? As often happens along highways, many of the road names in this area are derived from features that were in place before. In this case, the...

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BC Rest Areas: 9 Things You Need to Know

BC rest area info

If you’re like many of us in BC, on more than one occasion over the summer, you look out the window on a beautiful day and think ROAD TRIP! To help plan your trip, and keep safety a priority, we recommend stopping at one of our BC provincial rest areas along the way. They’re great for a quick stretch, washroom break, a place to sit and eat or just to get some of that fresh air in your lungs....

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7 Ways to Travel Safely this Easter Weekend

Easter Long Weekend.

Easter long weekend is here, the weather is getting nicer, and hitting the road to see family and friends is on the agenda. It’s really important you get to where you’re going safely (especially because there’s some wintery driving conditions on a few of our highways). Every year, over the Easter holiday, an average of three people are killed and 670 injured in 2,300 crashes throughout BC. That’s not good. Our friends over at Road Safety BC  and us put together...

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What is a Garbage Gobbler? A Kitschy, Cool and Beloved Piece of BC Highway History

BC Highway Garbage Gobbler

  Let’s take a trip down memory lane shall we? Back to the days when things moved a little more slowly, perhaps around 1959. Slide into a larger vehicle, one built for style, say… an Edsel? Bring the whole family on a motoring adventure and explore Beautiful British Columbia.Take one of our many modern highway systems, each a marvel of 20th century engineering. Outside you will see a seemingly endless variety of scenery. Please don’t spoil the scenery by...

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A Glimpse at the Many Faces of Spring on B.C. Highways

Spring has finally sprung! Or has it? While today marks the official arrival of spring, a quick glimpse around our beautiful province through the eyes of DriveBC HighwayCams reveals many different kinds of roads to be travelled – all depending on your location. Spring does not treat all B.C. drivers equally. After all, it’s a transition period, and weather conditions can bring a little bit of everything. No matter where you live, it’s important to be aware of the...

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Saluting a Century of Usk’s Skeena River Ferrymen

The Usk ferry recently celebrated a century of service, and while the watercraft was recognized, long-time area residents say it’s the ferryman they will never forget. Usk (pronounced like “tusk” – without the “t”) sprang up 16 kilometres east of Terrace after the end of the riverboat era and the completion of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railroad in the early 1900s. Forestry, minerals and agricultural land drew people to the remote spot and sawmills were opened to serve mining...

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A Cheat Sheet for BC Provincial Rest Areas

BC Rest Area Map

One of the best ways to see BC is by hitting the road. (Who doesn’t love yelling “Road Trip!”?) I remember moving from Smithers to Merritt, packing up all my belongings and hitting the Highway 16, turning right down Highway 97 until I drove into the Thompson-Nicola area. The scenery was absolutely gorgeous in mid-August, with some great stops along the way, but the breaks that really made the trip worthwhile were the rest areas. Whether you’re travelling for...

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