Canada’s Road: A Journey on the Trans-Canada Highway from St. John’s to Victoria
Photos from the road – Days 11 to 30 (PEI to Ontario)
Mark of Green GablesAnne is huge here.
MV_AbegweitThe original Abegweit ferry could carry almost a thousand passengers.
Confederation BridgeOfficially, the longest bridge in the world that crosses ice-covered water
Cpl. Kate MacEachernThe 33-year-old single mom is marching 572 km to raise awareness for Soldier On.
Pink slippers"I'm not a girly-girl by any means, but every now and again it's nice to have a touch of familiarity, a touch of pink. And they're a lot more comfortable to wear than the boots."
Highway of HeroesThe entire stretch of Trans-Canada Highway in New Brunswick is also named the Highway of Heroes, to honour Canada's fallen soldiers.
Day 13 / 14
Archie ChisholmThe only professional hammock maker in the region, and probably the country.
Father’s DayTristan, with a message sent from home.
CocoaThe Welcome Ambassador for the Best Western at Chocolate Lake.
Eastern PassageI drove to Eastern Passage to dip the wheels of the Camaro into the Atlantic, as I did already in Newfoundland.
Halifax dipFor the second time on this trip, but it seemed the right thing to do.
Halifax 1912Thomas Wilby gathers some water from the Atlantic Ocean at Halifax, while Jack Haney waits patiently behind the wheel.
Bob and Carol Hyslop“She had the most powerful computer in the world. It was only a Commodore 64, with a dot-matrix printer, but it got a highway moved to the top of a mountain.”
Doug the Balance KingDoug Mcmanaman: “I hold 426 world records you know, for balancing and for shooting. Just Google my name and you’ll see them.”
Glenna Isaacs at the Welcome Centre“I count all the cars, all the trucks, all the motorcycles. I check all the licence plates and record them."
Salisbury, New Brunswick
The Silver Fox farmA couple of workers at the farm with silver foxes, taken from the film shot during Perry Doolittle's epic drive.
Raising money“In nine years, that table took in a million dollars.”
Claude WilliamsThe Trans-Canada Highway "may be just a name, but I think it brings an identity to Canada," says New Brunswick's Transport Minister.
Magnetic HillIs it up, or is it down?
Kendall Nissen"The river never used to flood. I've lost all my equity now - my retirement went down the river."
During the flood"This year, (the water) filled the basement and we had two foot of water on the main floor."
Mike McCluskey“I could have got a DeLorean, I could have got a Ferrari, but then what are you going to tinker with?”
Day 21 / 22
Saint Louis-du-Ha! Ha!The only community in North America with an exclamation mark in its title?
Quebec City“Quebec City is no place for a self-respecting motor car."
The bridge in 1925Dr. Perry Doolittle practised for putting his Model-T Ford on rails by switching over his wheels and crossing on the track of the old railway bridge from Levis to Quebec City.
Roland Morin“We’re not all models, by any means, but you really do get to know a person when they’re naked in front of you.”
Stripping downIt wasn’t warm today, but that didn’t stop Costa and myself.
Lafontaine bridge-tunnel"The Lafontaine bridge-tunnel exemplified the spirit of innovation and expansion that were the hallmarks of Quebec's Quiet Revolution of the 1960s."
1991 Ottawa Citizen
The Raquette River overpass"I was nodding. I kept saying, 'five more minutes, five more minutes and I'll stop.'"
The site of the crash"These things can happen in an instant. Just an instant, and everything's changed."
Guides on the HillSecurity is tight. Friendly, but tight.
Peace Park"We do ask for donations but we don't get much. I think last year we got six dollars."
Peace TowerYou're not supposed to park this close...
Percy GomeryIn 1920, Gomery and his wife, "the skipper," tried to drive from Montreal to Vancouver.
Percy and the Skipper"It was wet and hot; the mosquitoes were eating us alive and we were desperately tired. Several times the Skipper became hysterical. I comforted her as well as I could; in fact I recall telling her how these hardships could only make us better pals…”
Renfrew, OntarioThe first traffic light since Antigonish. Nova Scotia.
Hogue’s Deep River LumberOne of several companies in Ontario that specialize in hauling sunken lumber out of the water.
Remember AdamThere are now more than 30 billboards sponsored by local businesses in northern and eastern Ontario, reminding drivers to stop for school buses.
Mark and TristanI’m driving now for the rest of this journey all the way to the Pacific with my 12-year-old son Tristan.
Cow Shit Valley"If somebody wants to come up from the city and complain about my sign, well, tough."
Scotia, OntarioIn 1912, Wilby and Haney were stuck for a day when their car was bogged down on a sandy hill, and a team of horses pulled them out with such heaving and jerking that the driveshaft twisted and had to be replaced by another shipped up by train.
Fame for Tristan"Once they started to ask me questions, I didn’t feel so nervous."
Wilby and HaneyIn 1912, running out of road near Cutler, Ontario
Stretched Beetle“It doesn’t sell a lot of cars, but it sure attracts attention.”
Oscar ParentThere's lots of space – it seats 10 in the back.
HalfwayThe highway is constantly evolving, being straightened and smoothed and bypassing cities.
Crossing the river in 1925Perry Doolittle takes to the rails again.
Bruce Mines, OntarioThe copper mine here was a worthwhile visit,