The Trans-Canada Highway

The Trans-Canada Highway is one of the world’s 3 longest highways, along with the Trans-Siberian in Russia and Australia’s Highway 1. It stretches more than 8,000 km from the Atlantic to the Pacific, and joins together 9 of Canada’s 10 provinces.

Established during World War Two to bring supplies to American troops in Alaska, the Trans-Canada Highway was completely built by 1950 and received Royal consent where it passes through Ottawa (known as the “Queensway”). The Trans-Canada is marked by a distinctive white maple leaf on a green background (above). Each year more than 18 million people travel along the highway and explore the grandeur, beauty and diversity of this vast country.

The Mile One Stadium in St John’s, Newfoundland marks the start of the Trans-Canada from the east

The Trans-Canada through Newfoundland

The great highway as it travels through Nova Scotia

A view of the Trans-Canada in New Brunswick

The Trans-Canada, also called “Autoroute 20” as it passes through Quebec

The Trans-Canada in Southern Ontario

In stark contrast to Southern Ontario, the Trans-Canada in Northern Ontario is peaceful and scenic

The Trans-Canada through Manitoba

The strange, flat tranquility of the Trans-Canada as it passes through Saskatchewan

The Trans-Canada through Alberta

The Trans-Canada through British Columbia’s interior

The Trans-Canada Highway to Vancouver Island, British Columbia

“Mile 0”, the end of the Trans-Canada in Victoria, BC (or the beginning, depending on which coast one lives on)

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