Road Trip on the Trans-Canada Highway Essay

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In 1949 the Trans-Canada Highway Act was passed by Canada’s Parliament. The Act allowed for the building of a national highway with costs divided between the Federal Government and each provincial government. Construction of the highway began the year after the passing of the Trans-Canada Highway Act, 1950. Seven years after starting construction Saskatchewan finished its section, becoming the first province to do so. The entire highway was not completed until 1971, but Prime Minister John Diefenbaker opened the highway in 1962. The Highway is the world’s longest national road, 7821 kilometers, passing through all 10 provinces. The highway is not a single highway but rather splits into two or three parts in some areas. The main part of …show more content…
In 1949 the Trans-Canada Highway Act was passed by Canada’s Parliament. The Act allowed for the building of a national highway with costs divided between the Federal Government and each provincial government. Construction of the highway began the year after the passing of the Trans-Canada Highway Act, 1950. Seven years after starting construction Saskatchewan finished its section, becoming the first province to do so. The entire highway was not completed until 1971, but Prime Minister John Diefenbaker opened the highway in 1962. The Highway is the world’s longest national road, 7821 kilometers, passing through all 10 provinces. The highway is not a single highway but rather splits into two or three parts in some areas. The main part of the highway is the southern part, Route 1. The part that goes north, opened in 1970, starts just after Winnipeg and is called Yellowhead Highway or Highway 16. (See Figure I for map of highway) The highway splits around Montreal, where it goes northwest and southwest, and again around Ottawa, where it goes west and southwest. At North Bay, the Highway splits again, going north and west. About 200 kilometers north of this point, the part that goes north meets up with the western extension of the break at Montreal. The southwestern extension of the break at Ottawa turns northwest just after Peterborough. This part meets up with the western extension of the Ottawa break in Sudbury. The two join about 115 kilometers northeast of Thunder Bay.

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