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We have been sharing a lot about the Trans-Canada Highway over the last couple of months. Highway 1 runs across our beautiful province and connects us with the rest of the country, opening up countless cultural and economic opportunities to the residents of B.C and the world…and giving us a pretty great road trip. This month, we celebrated its fiftieth anniversary and this week in B.C. transportation news, Canada’s Main Street saw its name in headlines with the announcement of a big investment. (Hint: bigger and wider) There were other announcements in transportation this week, including the results of the independent BC Transit Review, bridge work at Brassey Creek and milestones in Port Mann Tolling Registration and we will cover those, but first we thought it might be interesting to focus on the Trans Canada improvement announcement. The announcement outlined our goal to continue four-laning along the Trans-Canada Highway...
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 way, there is an incredible variety of natural and cultural wonders. So, cast your mind (or wheels) northward to one of B.C.’s less travelled roadways and enjoy the ride. Masset– Mile 0 of Highway 16 is Masset, at the northern end of Graham Island (the largest of more than 150 islands that make up Haida Gwaii). Nearby Naikoon Provincial Park is considered the birthplace of the Haida people, as...
This is how a few of our trucking Twitter tweeps (say that five times fast) responded when asked what they like about hauling goods around the province. Many people love trucks and have the drive to explore B.C.’s diverse landscapes while helping the economy move. Do you? If so, here’s how to get started. Step 1: Be sure you qualify You fit the bill if you have a Class 5 or 6 driver’s licence, which are the full privilege licences that allow you to drive a standard passenger vehicle or motorcycle. You also must be at least 19 years of age. Step 2: Hit the books Knowledge is horsepower. Before getting behind the wheel, you’ll need to fill your head with all kinds of trucking know-how, from heavy vehicle braking to identifying signs, signals and road markings. ICBC publishes Driving Commercial Vehicles, a study guide for current and...
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 strawberries took three days to travel by rail, so getting fresh B.C. fruit to Calgary markets was a true market achievement. The Trans-Canada Highway, at the time the world’s longest national highway, (7,821 kilometres) was built over some of the world’s most treacherous terrain, took about 20 years to build and cost approximately $1 billion. The highway brought many improvements. Goods and services could move more quickly between B.C. and Alberta,...
Have you ever driven down the road and noticed folks carrying large orange garbage bags and picking up trash along the side of the highway? If so, chances are pretty good they’re volunteers with our Adopt a Highway program. Adopt a Highway is a roadside maintenance and enhancement program that’s entirely volunteer-based, and it’s something individuals, groups and non- and for-profit organizations can be proud to be a part of. Curious to learn more about the program? Try taking our Adopt a Highway quiz: How old do you have to be to participate as a volunteer? Over 10 years old Over 16 years old Over 18 years of age, or 12-18 years old with a supervisor who is over 18 Answer: c, Over 18 years of age, or 12-18 years old with a supervisor who is over 18 What is the minimum length of highway required to adopt and...