BC Travellers

Information of interest to commuters, tourists and recreational drivers in rural and urban BC.

Bin There, Done That – Bin Wall Repairs on Highway 16

Bin There, Done That – Bin Wall Repairs on Highway 16

If you’re driving to Alberta across the Rocky Mountains, you have a few different routes to choose from. The Kootenay Pass on Highway 3 is one popular option. At nearly 1,800 metres, it’s also our highest. If heights aren’t your thing, there’s also the Yellowhead Pass on Highway 16, which at just over 1,000 metres, is one of the lowest routes through those precipitous peaks. It’s also where you’ll find us repairing some bin walls near Shale Hill, just...

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Rip Rap is Actually Hard Rock

big rocks along the coastline

You might have seen it and thought it was “just a pile of rocks”. You’re right, it is a pile of rocks, but it is a pile of rocks with a purpose. Also known as rubble, shot rock or rock armour, we use this rock star to protect our coastlines, riverbeds, bridges and steep hills from erosion by water. How does something as unassuming as a pile of rocks have such a big impact on erosion? When used for...

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Caution and Care Crucial as Kids Return to School

Summer ends as the school year begins

Summer vacation is coming to an end, and children will be returning to school next week. While that will likely have some parents breathing a welcome sigh of relief, it also means we all need to take extra care as we drive by schools, playgrounds and bus stops. Remember, whether you’re in a school or park zone, the speed limit is 30 km/h. School zone speed limits are in effect between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., and park zone...

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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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Give a Farmer a Brake! Watch for Slow Moving Farm Vehicles on the Roads

Be highway aware and drive safely

Spring, summer or fall, you may be itching to rush to the lake and enjoy the weather, but not so fast. During those months of growing and harvesting, it’s always time to respect our slow moving farm vehicles. A farm vehicle is a commercial vehicle, subject to many of the same rules as typical carriers. Slow moving farm vehicles normally travel on the highway at a speed of 40 km/h or less and are subject to specific restrictions, like...

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Sooke-tacular Improvements Come to Highway 14

Sooke-tacular Improvements Come to Highway 14

Highway 14 (known locally and colloquially as the Sookahalla), has seen a lot of work lately. The road connects Victoria with Sooke and many communities along the Island’s west coast. These areas have really been growing in popularity, with the inevitable result – more traffic. And by traffic, we don’t mean just vehicles. The number of pedestrians and cyclists using the road is growing, too. To make things safer for them, a major focus of our efforts has been...

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New Signs Communicate Border Waits

information on your border wait times

The car is packed, and you’re on the highway heading to the States. But which crossing should you take? The Peace Arch and Pacific crossings are usually pretty busy, but what about Aldergrove or Sumas? Up till now, it was difficult to know, because delay times weren’t reported for those locations. However, thanks to an expansion of the Advanced Traveller Information System (also known as ATIS), travellers can now keep up to date with wait times at all four...

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Along the Lines of Safety

Annual Safety maintenance

You see them every day. You follow them without thinking. They guide traffic and help keep everyone safe, but no one really notices them. Until they start to fade, that is, and that’s when you see our line painting crews out in full force. Line painting is another task in our long, annual to-do list. We have to do it every year, because the lines get worn through regular road use. This is especially true in the winter, with...

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