Canada’s Road: A Journey on the Trans-Canada Highway from St. John’s to Victoria
Photos from the road – Days 31 to 57 (Ontario to British Columbia)
Edward Nyman“We used to more or less trust anybody. Nobody had locks on their doors. These days, everybody has locks.”
Arriving at the SooIn 1951, Operation Michipicoten proved that if four men could walk through the bush, surely a road could be built.
The original Wawa Goose“It’s a piece of our history – I couldn’t just let it go.”
Bears at the dumpTristan and the dump guy keep their distance.
Day 32 / 33
Terry Fox MemorialInspiration outside Thunder Bay, where Terry had to abandon his Marathon of Hope.
Hirotaka Suzuki“If this journey is a success, I won’t get any money, but I will get to Toronto,”
Walter SpadoniWalter was 14 years old when he saw the thermometer at Rumsey's General Store was reading 72-below.
Brett Clibbery"When was the last time you wrote somebody a letter, with a pencil and paper?”
Central Standard TimeOntario is so big, it's in two time zones.
Macfarlane's log book"The somewhat mountainous nature of the country necessitates a multitude of curves, and curves don’t add to the pleasure or safety of driving.”
Day 35 / 36
Tristan at the skate park"I saw a guy on a BMX bike doing a back flip off a jump which I thought was pretty cool."
The old road“The vision of a completed Trans-Canada highway presents to the mind of the motorist many pleasing and educational prospects. He may loiter at will by many a shaded dell or meandering stream; and he may deviate from this broad highway to acquaint himself with strange communities and strange peoples."
The ChickenmobileWilly Williamson and his converted 1959 Ford Thunderbird.
H.W. WhiteThe first motorist to drive from Vancouver to Winnipeg under his own power, in 1916.
Day 38 / 40
The original roadThe Ellis Trail was the old road across the prairie
Phyllis and Ewen ArmstrongAt home on their farm near Whitewood, Saskatchewan.
Skydiving for 5010,000 feet over Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan.
Rainbow on the prairie
Warren Beach"You go 15 miles south of here and you feel you're in the middle of nowhere, but the Trans-Canada makes you feel less isolated."
Top downTristan looks out on the Saskatchewan prairie from the Camaro.
Fort Walsh, Sask.
Inside the fort"Cypress Hills in my opinion was a great escape from the long flat prairie."
Day 43 / 45
Stan Sauer"The Trans-Canada had been like a goat trail in the beginning but when it was twinned it became a proper highway."
Michael McCourtMike was pleased to meet with me to talk about his dad.
White water raftingTaking time out on the Kananaskis River.
Day 46 / 47
Kicking Horse PassThe highest point of the Trans-Canada Highway, at 5,338 feet.
Wilby and HaneyIn 1912, trying to find the route through near Frank, B.C.
Opening the TCHThe Trans-Canada Highway was officially opened on Sept. 3, 1962, by Prime Minister John Diefenbaker. Four thousand people attended the ceremony.
Open at lastPrime Minister John Diefenbaker fills in the last piece - or the first pothole - and declares the Trans-Canada Highway open.
Trans-Canada MemorialThe sign is still in place that commemorates the opening of the highway.
Rogers PassThe Pass is prone to avalanches, and was the last section of the Trans-Canada Highway to be built.
The Big Bend Highway"Broken springs, shock absorbers, axles and nerves; cracked windshields, lights, sumps and composure; lost tailpipes, mufflers, hub-caps and reason."
Driving Big Bend"Skeletons of cars, stripped of worthwhile parts and abandoned after major mishaps, lie forlornly at intervals by the roadside; others that went over steep embankments lie where they came to rest, battered wrecks.”
David Raven“Living on the highway, we service it but we also have to pick up the carnage.”
Last Spike memorial“There are a lot of stories here that never made it into the history books.”
The Last SpikeThe famous photograph of CPR Director Sir Donald Smith hammering in the supposed last spike of the cross-Canada railroad in 1885, at Craigellachie, B.C.
Fixing a flatJack Haney changes the tube on the rear wheel of the REO he drove with Thomas Wilby, somewhere near Yahk, B.C.
Rob and Claire Young“When you’re driving it, it’s just too narrow.”
Simon Fraser in 1808The Hell's Gate gorge was precarious to travel, even by foot.
The Cariboo RoadIt was used only by horse-drawn wagons, but it was important to keep the horses calm on the trail high above the Fraser river.
The modern Trans-CanadaIt's a simple drive these days to Hell's Gate.
Day 52 / 54
The Pacific OceanDipping the Camaro wheels finally at Vancouver.
Wilby and Haney in VancouverThomas Wilby empties his bottle of Atlantic water into the Pacific as Jack Haney watches from the REO.
Peter and Lorne FindlayIn Vancouver, with their 1912 REO, the exact same model that Haney and Wilby drove a hundred years previously.
Cranking the REOPeter Findlay checks out the stalled 1912 REO during a drive around Vancouver.
Another ferryFrom the mainland to Nanaimo, on Vancouver Island, the ferry is officially part of the Trans-Canada Highway.
The original gatheringDozens of motorists gathered on May 4, 1912, at Alberni to declare the town the western terminus of a future Trans-Canada Highway.
Canine securityAfter the sign was stolen and then returned, a terrier was chained to it for safekeeping.
Day 56 / 57
Final dipThe Camaro touches the Pacific again at Victoria, B.C.
Mile 0The other Mile Zero, 7,370 km from St. John's
End of the roadTristan waves from the Camaro, which actually drove 15,245 km from St. John's.
Wilby and HaneyThomas Wilby, at left, gathered pennants as he and Jack Haney, at right, drove through Canadian towns and cities. Here in British Columbia, he was the toast of the town while Haney waited outside with the car.
Louise Rouseau"Sometimes, when I’m out with my grand-daughter, we get swarmed by a tour bus. I get my photo taken – a lot.”