A Day In The Life Of Canada – The Highway from Calgary to Vancouver

Banff National Park Gateway

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Mount Rundle in Banff National Park was voted one of Canada’s most recognized landmarks.

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Designed to save people and animals, a third wildlife overpass is being constructed in Banff National Park.

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Plenty of big construction projects between Banff and Golden.

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Moving mountains of rock in Banff National Park for the twinning of the highway.

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With temperatures falling into minus 11 degrees celsius range, rivers are starting to block up with picturesque pieces of ice.

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A waterfall near Field, British Columbia, is now frozen in time until the spring thaw.

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The new part of the road into Golden, British Columbia.

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Have you even seen anything like this in Canada? Wow, just look at the vertical in that rock face, quite the feat.

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The old part of the road heading into Golden has a checkered past with numerous fatalities from over the decades.

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Chain link fencing is used to hold back mother nature from throwing a boulder through your windshield.

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Logging trucks are common place in the Golden area.

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A light snow falls at the Roger Pass Centre.

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An avalanche shed.

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An avalanche shoot

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The seasons first snowfall doesn’t look like it’s going anywhere anytime soon.

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The hills sides along the The Coquihalla Highway.

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The Coquihalla Highway was the only toll road in BC, until the toll was eliminated in 2008 after recovery of the construction cost of the Hope-to-Merritt section.


Truckers hate the Coquihalla Highway due to the sheer amount of ascents and descents. Causing extra wear and tear on their state-of-the-art trucks.

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This was the most uneventful trip ever through Coquihalla Highway for me, as the past three trips have been through the winter months.

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Blue sky greets me as I decend into Hope.

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A man fly fishes in the Fraser River near Agassiz, British Columbia.

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2 Responses to “A Day In The Life Of Canada – The Highway from Calgary to Vancouver”

  1. 1 Bethany
    October 17, 2009 at 4:12 am

    Hi Tim:

    I’m a fan of your site. I learned about your journey when you were in Nova Scotia — my brother met you in Chester, Nova Scotia. I believe you were parked on a wharf. He took your photo and posted it on his community website.

    I’m from N.S. but now live in Vancouver. Re: your latest photos — On the Road from Calgary to Vancouver — does this mean you are now headed to Vancouver? If so, do you know anyone here — someone who might give you the lay of the land, etc…?

    If not, feel free to connect with me. We just have an apartment — not a Vancouver mansion, so I can’t offer you a guest room, etc. But if you need to do some laundry…

    Best wishes.


    • 2 celebratecanada
      October 17, 2009 at 5:38 am

      Hi Bethany, That’s so cool. Yes I’m in Vancouver, I could use a hand finding a thermarest mattress, I forgot mine in Red Deer and the thought of purchasing one for $100 doesn’t sit well with me. Would you have a low profile thermarest mattress i could borrow for five weeks while I’m in Vancouver? Strange request, but it would be a big help. Any help with the lay of the land would be great too. Thank you! Tim

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