BC Road Trips

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

Urban Planning, Overpasses and Rest Areas – Your Questions Answered

Recently, we asked you to Tell TranBC what you wanted to know about our work. You responded with some excellent questions. Here are the answers. How does the ministry work in conjunction with municipalities and Metro Vancouver to solve problems and plan projects? The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure meets with municipalities and Metro Vancouver to discuss ideas and concerns about transportation in the region and across the province. With provincial highways and municipal routes all connected, each affects...

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Watch Trans-Canada Highway Transform Before Your Eyes

Last year, we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Trans-Canada Highway. The long road (nearly 8,000 kilometres, actually) stretches from coast to coast, connecting communities and allowing goods to flow. It’s a pretty big deal when it comes to travelling the province and beyond, whether you’re a trucker, commuter, or road tripper. Wouldn’t it be cool to see the Trans-Canada transform right before your eyes? Well, you can. That’s right – it’s time lapse video time, and we’ve got...

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Hit the Road for a Family Day Long Weekend

Hit the Road for a Family Day Long Weekend

Is it still winter? Has spring finally arrived? It really does depend on where you are in the province and which season you prefer, but it’s always nice to have an extra day to enjoy some time with your family. Whether you’re spending that time in your community or driving BC highways to another one, there’s a lot to be aware of, some as a “FYI” or an opportunity to take advantage of. We thought we’d collect a few...

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Plan Your Trip with New DriveBC Upgrades

Are you going somewhere this weekend? DriveBC‘s new features might help. Today, we’re releasing an update which includes an enhancement to the Trip Planner. You may or may not be aware that we’ve actually had a trip planner on the DriveBC site since March of 2010. If you’re not familiar with it, the trip planner lets you pick your start point and end point which results in a route being drawn on the DriveBC map. It then displays a...

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On the Topic of Tolls

A toll. To some, it may as well be a four letter word. Well, OK, it already is, but you get my point. To others, tolls are just the cost of doing business. There are even those who extoll the virtues of tolls and look forward to paying them whenever they can. Honest. No matter how you feel about them, tolls are an important part of paying for major infrastructure investments. And they have been for a very long...

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Pacific Marine Circle Route: A Photo Road Trip

Pacific Marine Circle Route: A Photo Road Trip

“The journey, not the arrival, matters.” – T.S. Eliot Travelling in circles doesn’t necessarily mean you’re lost. Ending up right back where you started can be a wonderful thing if you consider everything that happened along the way. So it goes with the nine B.C. highway circle routes designated by Tourism BC and the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure. The shortest route can be done in a single day, or carried out over several, depending on your pace. The...

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The Trans-Canada Less Travelled – Highway 16

The Trans-Canada Less Travelled – Highway 16

As celebrations for the Trans-Canada Highway’s 50th anniversary take place this year, don’t overlook the route’s northern B.C. stretch…Highway 16. Also known as the Yellowhead Highway, Highway 16 travels from B.C., to Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, and was designated part of the Trans-Canada Highway system in 1970. In B.C., the route covers about 1,300 kilometres from Masset in Haida Gwaii, to Mount Robson near the Alberta border, through forests, mountains and alpine meadows, and alongside glacial-green rivers. Along the...

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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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