BC Road Trips

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

A Cheat Sheet for BC Provincial Rest Areas

BC Rest Area Map

One of the best ways to see BC is by hitting the road. (Who doesn’t love yelling “Road Trip!”?) I remember moving from Smithers to Merritt, packing up all my belongings and hitting the Highway 16, turning right down Highway 97 until I drove into the Thompson-Nicola area. The scenery was absolutely gorgeous in mid-August, with some great stops along the way, but the breaks that really made the trip worthwhile were the rest areas. Whether you’re travelling for...

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7 Things You Need to Know Right Now about Towing a Recreational Trailer in BC

You’ve got the boat and trailer (or a fifth wheel straight from heaven) and you want to hit the road… – Wait! Do you know everything there is to know about travelling on BC’s beautiful highways with a recreational trailer in tow? No? Here are some helpful points to keep in mind when you head out on the highway with your RV combination. Know how heavy your load is. Most recreational trailers weigh less than 4,600 kg. If your...

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Highway 37 Stewart-Cassiar – Scenic Road to Northern Adventure

Highway 37 Stewart-Cassiar – Scenic Road to Northern Adventure

Take a road trip where wildlife appears in and on the landscape, signs from around the world sprout in a forest and flowers grow on roofs. This is Highway 37 – the Stewart-Cassiar Highway – where you’ll discover the unexpected, experience the freedom of being off the beaten track, and be awed by dramatic northern landscapes. Here are a few photo highlights you might see on this wilderness route. (For detailed travel information,including travel tips and available services, see...

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Welcome Aboard – Setting Sail with Inland Ferries

Welcome Aboard – Setting Sail with Inland Ferries

When ferries and the words ‘British Columbia’ come up in conversation, you’re probably thinking of the current commercial company, B.C. Ferry Services Inc. that services coastal communities, but did you know that the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure manages 14 inland ferry routes? These routes cross interior lakes and rivers throughout the province. The ferries are operated by hard-working private contractors who make sure travellers get from “Point A” to “Point B” safely. Ever thought about taking one or...

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BC Highway Journeys for National Aboriginal Day

National Aboriginal Day

In recognition of National Aboriginal Day, here are some tales of travel – from now and long ago. When present-day travellers take these routes, they experience First Nations culture along the way. Cross the Hagwilget Bridge over the BulkleyRiver to journey a historic trail used for hundreds of years by Aboriginal traders. Passing over the modern bridge offers breathtaking views into the canyon far below. For the full experience, walk across the bridge while imagining it’s one of the...

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BC HighwayCams Give a Glimpse of a Wet Start to Summer

Tomorrow is the first day of summer, but you might not guess it by looking at most of the BC HighwayCams across the province this morning. Lots of rain, fog and even some snow. Highways 1, 31, and 31A have been impacted by high water levels. Here is a snapshot of the last day of spring 2013 in B.C., courtesy of DriveBC. Wet , wet and more wet on Highway 3 at Keremeos this morning. Good for the cherries!...

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Urban Planning, Overpasses and Rest Areas – Your Questions Answered

Recently, we asked you to Tell TranBC what you wanted to know about our work. You responded with some excellent questions. Here are the answers. How does the ministry work in conjunction with municipalities and Metro Vancouver to solve problems and plan projects? The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure meets with municipalities and Metro Vancouver to discuss ideas and concerns about transportation in the region and across the province. With provincial highways and municipal routes all connected, each affects...

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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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