BC Highway Wildlife Cam Captures Moose Selfie and More

March 2, 2018

Question: How does a moose take a selfie? Answer: By triggering one of our wildlife monitoring cams, of course! Part of our work on BC highways is to help prevent animals and drivers from crossing paths and monitoring our wildlife crossings with motion activated cams is just one of the ways we do this. We use these images to get a better understanding of how animals are using our wildlife crossing and how they interact with each other at...

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Ka-BOOM! 3 Types of Remote Avalanche Control in BC

February 20, 2018

“Even the largest avalanche is triggered by small things.” Vernor Vinge, author Rain… Wind… The weight from a layer of fresh snow… Warming temperatures… It doesn’t take much to break the bonds that hold a snowpack together, releasing a cascade of snow and debris down a mountainside scarred by avalanche paths. But it’s our avalanche technicians’ job to beat Mother Nature to the punch near BC highways. While the most common method for triggering controlled avalanches is helibombing (in...

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The Many Faces of Mount Washington

February 15, 2018
Information for Skiers and Snowboarders driving Strathcona parkway

When you hear the words Vancouver Island you probably think of February flower counts, storm watching in Tofino and salmon fishing in Campbell River. But, did you know that Vancouver Island is also home to some pretty amazing ski hills? That’s right; as if this little jewel of an island wasn’t precious enough, Vancouver Island ski hills (like Mt. Washington Alpine Ski Resort), routinely boast some of the highest annual snow base in North America. That’s great news if...

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Why We Are Making a Bed for 200 Snakes

February 7, 2018

Workers discovered about 200 snakes settling in for winter, in a den of shale layers.  The environmental monitor for the project identified two types – the Common Garter Snake  and the Western Terrestrial (Wandering) Garter Snake. Both are common in BC, but the size of the nest was unusual for this part of the province. The snakes were in harm’s way and a solution needed to be found.

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Imagine what Safer Travel to Tofino, Ucluelet Looks Like

January 25, 2018

When a tsunami warning prompted evacuations to community muster stations in Tofino and Ucluelet this week (the event happened in the early morning of Jan 23, 2018), it highlighted how vital Highway 4 is as an emergency and supply route. Coincidently, the alert happened the same day we were hosting a public open house in Tofino about the Highway 4 Kennedy Hill safety improvements. The project includes upgrading 1.5 kilometres of steep, curvy road along Kennedy Lake by: Widening...

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Adding Drains to the Floodplain to Keep Motorists Safe

January 16, 2018

At the March 2016 project open house, many local folks voiced concerns about the volume of water that sometimes saturates the area. When we tested different high water scenarios, using a hydraulic model, we recognized that the new section of road would actually need 11 large flood relief culverts, and the bridge would have to be five metres longer to accommodate the Tsolum River when things got extra wet.

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BC Highway History Alert! More Snapshots in Time Revealed

January 9, 2018

Are you a BC Highways history nerd? If so – GET READY! We promised you more amazing historical images after our first historical snapshots blog  and we are delivering on that promise. Don’t consider yourself a highways history nerd? Don’t worry – you will be after you take a look at some of the images below. As some of you might already know, we’ve been going through our old photos and sharing our favourites with you. These pictures were...

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