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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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Celebrating 50 years of the TCH in Glacier National Park

Celebrating 50 years of the TCH in Glacier National Park

Headline Reads: “Strawberries Roll Through Rogers Pass” A Guest Blog Post Courtesy of Prepared by Parks Canada In 1962, Canadians celebrated the grand opening of the Trans-Canada Highway after the final stretch through Rogers Pass was finally complete. Mr. A.D. Booth, a truck driver from Salmon Arm B.C., was one of the first to drive the “spectacular new road” when he transported 264 crates of sun-sweet strawberries to eager Calgary fruit buyers. Before the highway was complete, goods like...

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Bridging the Week: Setting World Records

A quick look at transportation news in BC this week reveals a special event in our province’s history. That’s right, this is a week that went down in the books, the Guinness Book of World Records that is. There were other milestone achievements of course, some of which included tolling announcements for the new Port Mann Bridge (first week free!), safety improvements on Highway 5 and an electrifying announcement from the Ministry of Environment. So, get charged up and...

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TCH50: 10 Things You Don’t Know About the Trans-Canada Highway

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  If you’ve driven in Canada, chances are pretty good you’ve been on the Trans-Canada Highway at some point. Stretching from coast to coast, it’ll take you through all 10 provinces and show you some fantastic sites to see along the way (here are a few of our favorites). But as you’re travelling the Trans-Canada, have you found yourself wondering how it came to be? Or how many other vehicles are travelling the road with you? Well, we’d rather...

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A Salute to Truck Drivers – Our Friends in Freight

In recognition of National Trucking Week, we’re wondering if you’ve ever heard the phrase, “if you got it, a truck brought it”? The sentiment has been around for years (you can see it proudly displayed in the photo above from the Trans-Canada Opening at Rogers Pass in 1962). It’s a simple phrase with an important message that reminds us just how much we depend on the trucking industry and the men and women that earn their living behind the...

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Seven Fun Places to Celebrate the Trans-Canada Highway

Seven Fun Places to Celebrate the Trans-Canada Highway

There’s loads of fascinating attractions and stunning scenery as you travel the Trans-Canada highway in beautiful B.C. To mark the highway’s 50th anniversary, we’re offering a few tips on stops along the route’s southern stretch, from Mile Zero in Victoria, to the Alberta border. (Stay tuned for attractions along the northern stretch on Highway 16). Victoria – Start with stopping here, at the beginning of one of the world’s longest highways, which spans roughly 8,000 kilometres all the way...

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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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Trans Canada Highway 1 – Historical Articles

Trans Canada Highway 1 – Historical Articles

As part of the celebration for the Trans-Canada Highway’s 50th anniversary, we’ve collected a number of articles from years gone by. Since the 1950s, the ministry has published an employee-driven newsletter called the Road Runner. One of the major focuses of the Road Runner has always been the work we’re doing, and it was an exercise in nostalgia looking through our archives for Trans-Canada related stories. Interested in the opening of the first Port Mann Bridge? How about the...

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