A Salute to Truck Drivers – Our Friends in Freight

September 6, 2012
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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 wheel. The fact is, trucking is essential to our economy and our every-day living. The groceries you picked up this after-noon, the gas you filled your car up with and the clothes you’re wearing. Chances are you can thank a trucker for those and almost anything else you go to the store to buy. It’s true a lot of goods get shipped to and from our ports by rail, but...

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A Salute to Drivers Old & New from the BCTA

September 5, 2012
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By Louise Yako, President & CEO of the BC Trucking Association (article shared courtesy of BCTA) The Province of BC has officially recognized the importance of the trucking industry by proclaiming September 2 to 8, 2012, National Trucking Week in BC. Source: flickr.com via BC Ministry of on Pinterest   In honour of motor carriers and drivers for their vital contribution to life in this province, we’d like to share a brief story from the soon-to-be released Trucking in British Columbia: An Illustrated History (Harbour Publishing). The book contains numerous true-life stories illustrating the mettle required of the “old-timers” who tackled BC’s early roads, “winding ribbons of dirt and gravel carved out of the mountainsides.” Their courage and entrepreneurial spirit laid the foundation for a thriving BC economy, fueled by (and fueling) the growth of communities throughout the province. Today’s carriers continue the tradition of providing an indispensable service that...

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Seven Fun Places to Celebrate the Trans-Canada Highway

September 4, 2012
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 to St. John’s, Newfoundland. Victoria has historic buildings, gardens, mountain and ocean scenery all around and activities like whale watching and golf. This is city life on a small scale, with theatres, museums, concerts and restaurants all within walking distance of downtown. Hell’s Gate – This deep, narrow canyon in the Fraser River was described by Simon Fraser in 1808 as “a place where no human should venture, for surely these...

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Bridging the Week: Back to School, Get on the Bus and Counting to Ten in Webcam

September 1, 2012
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What happened this week in B.C. transportation? Perhaps a better question would be what didn’t happen! We have transit updates, webcams, bus pullouts, paving, handyDARTS, community safety enhancement projects and the GranFondo cycling event. With all that news, it was hard to decide where to start our report, but we decided to go with something close to our heart and yours, the addition of ten new webcams along the Lougheed Highway in the Lower Mainland. Counting to Ten in Webcam Like pretty maids all in a row, ten new webcams made their premiere this week along the Lougheed Highway in Maple Ridge. The webcams are now live, giving motorists a real-time view of weather and road conditions on this major commuter route from Coquitlam to Maple Ridge. Priority for new web cameras is given to routes prone to extreme weather or traffic congestion, and for sites where there is...

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3 Parts of B.C.’s Trans-Canada that would Knock Diefenbaker’s Socks Off

August 30, 2012
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 the marching tramp of warlike feet.” –Prime Minister John Diefenbaker, September 3, 1962 I wonder what Diefenbaker would say if he could see the Trans-Canada Highway in B.C. now, 50 years after he officially packed down the last small patch of pavement at Rogers Pass in front of about 3,000 eager travellers. Undoubtedly, he’d be relieved to discover the only battles along the 8,000-kilometre route have been fought against natural...

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Trans Canada Highway 1 – Historical Articles

August 27, 2012
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 Trans-Canada Highway’s 25th anniversary? Or maybe historic pictures of what the road used to look like? We’ve got those and more, and we’ll be adding them over the coming weeks for you to check out. We’d also like to acknowledge the Revelstoke Museum & Archives for kindly providing copies of The Revelstoke Review, as they appeared in 1962, with many stories related to the highway opening. Revelstoke Review Road Runner

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Captured on Canvas – The Trans-Canada Highway’s 50th Anniversary

August 27, 2012
Captured on Canvas – The Trans-Canada Highway’s 50th Anniversary

To commemorate the Trans-Canada’s 50th anniversary, we wanted to do something special. After all, it’s a big milestone for what is one of the most important roads in the country. We set out collecting old photographs and articles to share, but then came the question of building a site for the content and how we wanted that site to look. Then we saw the work of Rob Buchanan, a Media Designer at Parks Canada, and we had our answer. Rob’s work beautifully captures the feelings of adventure and nostalgia we were looking for. Besides being a great image, it’s also a way to showcase the partnership we have with Parks Canada in maintaining the Trans-Canada (they look after all sections of the route that run through federal parks). We thought people would be interested in the story behind this graphic, and Rob was kind enough to give us a...

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