BC Travellers

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

12 Practical Steps to Repairing Flood Damage in the South Peace

We’re working as hard as we can to repair roads in the South Peace region, after major flooding in mid-June 2016 damaged more than 300 sites. Restoring roads takes some or all of 12 steps.

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1966 Time Machine Videos Take Exciting New Trips

Road Trip Time Machine

When we firsted started putting together the BC Road Trip Time Machine series, we thought they’d be interesting to share and a cool way to look back at our beautiful province 50 years ago. We’ve traveled from Duncan to Kelsey Bay, Hope to Revelstoke, the Malahat, over the Port Mann Bridge, from the U.S. border to Penticton, through Kelowna to Vernon, Chetwynd to Dawson Creek, Prince George to Mckenzie, and Nelson to Balfour. And there`s still more to come....

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Tell Us How to Make BC Transportation Better

2016 customer service

Customer service is a major part of what we do at the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure. From maintaining highways to handling development approvals, our goal is to provide the best service we can. Of course, there’s always room for improvement. That’s why we’re asking you to help make us better by taking our 15th annual Customer Satisfaction Survey, open from July 20 to September 14 Last year, we received more than 3,350 responses from folks across the province,...

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Behind the Scenes: BC Wildlife, Trucks Saved from Collision

Now that the two Wildlife Detection Systems on Highway 3 have been operating for about three months, we thought you’d be interested is seeing some of the thermal camera footage we’ve captured showing the system safely guiding interactions between vehicles and animals. How do these thermal cameras work? They create images based on heat radiating from animals and objects such as vehicles. There are nine thermal cameras set up in each wildlife detection corridor, and they work in conjunction...

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Helpful Safety Advice for Sailing with Inland Ferries

You may have crossed Upper Arrow Lake on our newest ferry, the M.V. Columbia, or witnessed river power at work on the Lytton Reaction Ferry, all the while marvelling at the beauty of BC’s waterways and natural surrounds… But have you ever thought about what you would do if one of our river and lake-crossing inland ferries had problems during the trip? If you haven’t, relax – we have you covered. Our vessels transporting passengers on our 14 inland...

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What it’s Like to be a Landscaper in the Cone Zone

Cone Zone Landscaping

When most people think of those who work roadside in Cone Zones, they think construction workers and the flaggers taking care of traffic control. But there’s a long list of other workers whose safety depends on drivers being safe and courteous. Like landscapers. Yes, those guys and gals beautifying gardens and lawns in and around commercial and residential areas rely on Cone Zones too, especially when loading and unloading equipment. We recently chatted with Brian Ramor, owner of Think...

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How to Share the Road Safely with Horseback Riders

How to Share the Road Safely with Horseback Riders

You may see them travelling alongside or on a road… graceful, finely tuned four-legged vehicles with a person mounted on top…  They may be travelling from one farm to another, en route to a trail, or the road itself might be part of an equestrian trail. We’re talking about horses and horseback riders, which are fully entitled to use highways, just like cyclists, pedestrians and motorized vehicles. This is laid out in the BC Motor Vehicle Act (Part 3)...

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The One Way You Should Drive this Long Weekend

BC holiday

What better way to enjoy the long weekend than getting on the highway and enjoying our provincial back yard? So much to see. So much to do. But, with that extra day comes extra traffic, and in warmer weather, extra construction, so it’s more important than ever to make that one vital driving decision… To drive safely. Know before you go…and…pssst, we can help you with that. Here are some tips for a safe trip: Plan ahead and be...

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Year One: What You Need to Know About Our Safety and Speed Report Card

In case you missed it, speed limits on certain stretches of BC highway changed following the Rural Highway Safety and Speed Review in 2014. It’s been more than a year since those new speed limits came in to effect.  To be sure those changes are keeping BC travellers safe, we’ve collected and closely reviewed one full year of speed and crash data for each section of highway where speed limits were increased. All the details of our post implementation...

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How To Travel Back in Time on Vancouver Island Highways

Does the busy modern world have you wishing you could step back in time? We’re happy to say your wish has been granted with this trip down memory lane (or highway)! Climb aboard our BC Road Trip Time Machine and travel Vancouver Island Highways 1 and 19 (between Duncan and Kelsey Bay) as they were in the spring of 1966. Island motorists young and old are sure to notice countless changes in these videos, along with some things that...

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