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

September 11, 2012
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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 you stop wondering and keep your focus on the road. So when you have a minute, pull over and check out this list of fun facts we’ve put together for you about our favorite national highway: The system was approved by the Trans-Canada Highway Act of 1949. The Trans-Canada highway officially opened in 1962, and was completed in 1971. The opening on the Trans-Canada was celebrated twice, once by a...

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Bridging the Week: Translink, Trails and Time to Drive the Port Mann

September 8, 2012
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Another seven days, another blog catching you up on all things BC Transportation from the last week. Hard to believe it’s September already, with summer almost in the rear view mirror and thoughts of winter, and what that entails, ramping up. (I didn’t forget autumn, we just have a lot of prep for those chilly months). But that’s in the future, right now there’s work happening on rapid transit in Coquitlam, some plans for Kettle Valley Trail and a trip down memory lane. Here’s the week that was in B.C. Transportation: Work on the Evergreen Line steams ahead – another tender for work was released, laying the groundwork for major construction of the rapid transit project. What does that look like? Three light-industrial buildings in the 3000 block of Spring Street will be modified to accommodate construction of the Evergreen Line guide way along the railway tracks in Port...

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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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