BC Road Trips

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

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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Highway Driving in BC: Take a Break and Rest Awhile!

Highway Driving in BC: Take a Break and Rest Awhile!

Safe driving on long trips means taking regular breaks to rest your mind and body. Driver fatigue is a major cause of vehicle crashes, so try to take a 15-minute break about every two hours. Stretch your legs, move around and revive. Have a beverage (non-alcoholic, of course) and maybe something to eat. Whenever you’re on the road, watch for signs of fatigue like: tired eyes wandering concentration yawning drowsiness restlessness slow reaction time over-steering Across the province, the...

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Driving in Circles is Fun: Drive a BC Highway Circle Route

Summer roadtrip across BC Highways

The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, and Tourism BC, have designated circle routes designed to highlight some of the outstanding features of beautiful B.C. These self-guided trips let vacationers experience the attractions and adventures at their own pace. Circle routes are part of our regular highways and roads, linked together to highlight local attractions and geography, so you don’t have to travel the same route twice. How much vacation time do you have…because there are nine scenic drives in...

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BC Highway Webcams – Your Eyes in the Sky

Do you watch them because they show you the fresh dump of snow your friends in Rossland have? Or do you tune in because they let you see the open roads and blue skies the entire length of your upcoming road trip? The BC HighwayCam Program began with two cams on the Coquihalla and one near Whistler and, believe it or not, these cameras were maintained manually. That meant that when something went wrong with a camera, ministry electrical...

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In Remembrance, Our BC Highway of Heroes

Trans-Canada Highway between Surrey and Abbotsford

British Columbia is home to many heroes. Some have accomplished amazing feats, while others have paid the ultimate sacrifice by giving their lives for their country. And some have done both. On June 9, 2011, the Trans-Canada Highway between 152 Street exit in Surrey and the Sumas exit in Abbotsford was dedicated to the memory of these extraordinary British Columbians, and to the families they left behind. This Highway of Heroes is a memorial and a tribute to these fallen...

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Setting the Stage for Summer Safety

If you’re planning on a road trip this summer, it pays to be prepared. We’ve mentioned a few tips already on how you can do that. There’s fuel saving tips and ways to show your car some love, both of which outline ways you can make your car run more efficiently. But the summer brings its own challenges, so here are a few more things you should think about before heading out in the heat on the highway: Tire...

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