Spanning 8,030 kilometers to connect all ten provinces of Canada, it is one of the longest highways in the world, right up there with Highway 1 in Australia and the Trans-Siberian Highway.
Approved back in 1949 by the Trans-Canada Highway Act, construction started a year later in 1950 and completed in 1971, although the highway was open for the use of the public in 1962. At the time of its completion, it was the longest stretch of uninterrupted road in the world. It can be easily recognized by the road markers of white maple leaves on a green background.
There are at least two main routes that are designated and known to be a part of the Trans-Canada Highway, although more may branch off depending on where along the highway you are. Also, even though the Trans-Canada Highway doesn’t extend up north into any of the territories of Canada, it does provide connections to the highways that lie there. Together with these, it forms the National.
Highway System that Canada relies upon.
In 2012, Sun Country Highway made it the longest electric vehicle ready highway in the world by installing a series of free electric charging stations along its length that are usable to anyone that need them. The company’s president took a trip down the entire thing in an electric Tesla Roadster just to prove that it could be done.
The highway unofficially starts off in Victoria, British Columbia, down at the intersection of Douglas St and Dallas Rd. There stands a large plaque labeled “Mile 0”, denoting it as the starting point to all. It extends 99 km north past the east coast of Vancouver Island to Nanaimo, where traffic is then routed through downtown Nanaimo to
Departure Bay is the only portion of the Trans-Canada Highway that is traveled over water. Traffic is herded onto a ferry for the 57 km ride to Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver.
After that, there are many stretches of uninterrupted highway, as one might expect. There are sections where it turns into the freeway, sections that have become tolled, sections that are limited to only two lanes by the geography of the surrounding landscape, and even sections that turn into regular roads complete with stop lights and heavy traffic.
In 2007, a major upgrade was completed on the portion of the highway leading from Banff National Park, through the Rocky Mountains, to Golden, British Columbia. This update included the opening of the Park Bridge and Ten Mile Hill section, which helped traffic speeds and overall cohesion immensely.
In winter of 2010, the section of highway connection Windermere Highway in Banff to Lake Louise was twinned into four lanes.
An 83 km section of the Highway between Thunder Bay and Nipigon is designated as the Terry Fox Courage Highway, as it was the part of the highway where the national hero was forced to give up his cross-country Marathon of Hope. A bronze statue was put up in his honor.
There are many more interesting facts and addendums that could be made, but it is of course called a brief history of the Trans-Canada Highway. More information can be found on the website for this marvelous construction because of course; it has a website.
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