BC Road Trips

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

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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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

  While celebrations for the Trans-Canada Highway’s 50th anniversary were a big event in 2012, and the highway still gets most of the attention, don’t overlook the Trans-Canada’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,...

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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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Plan to Pan in Barkerville This Summer

Plan to Pan in Barkerville This Summer

Highway 26 stretches eastward from Quesnel. It’s a quiet, two-lane route that treats you to beautiful views of forests, lakes and mountains. At about 80 kilometres long, it’s a relatively short stretch of highway. But don’t let its serene setting fool you.   This road was once one of the most important routes in the province, because at the end of that 80 km you’ll find Williams Creek. That’s where Billy Barker first struck gold in 1861 and where...

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Highway 113 – Road to Opportunity for Nisga’a Nation

Highway 113 – Road to Opportunity for Nisga’a Nation

What’s in a number? Highway 113, also known as the Nisga’a Highway, heads northwest into the Nass Valley from Terrace. The highway number marks the years it took for the Nisga’a Nation to reach a treaty agreement with the governments of Canada and British Columbia. The Nisga’a Nation’s journey began in 1887, when a group of Nisga’a chiefs paddled from their remote home to Victoria, to speak to provincial representatives about resolving issues with newcomers arriving in Nisga’a traditional...

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