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Tossing Pebbles in the Stream

This blog is my place to sit and toss pebbles into the stream. The stream of Life relentlessly passing before us. We can affect it little. For the most part I just watch it passing and follow the flow. Occasionally, I need to comment on its passing, tossing a pebble at it to enjoy the ripple affect upon Life's surface.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Trans-Canada Highway 50th Anniversary

Map of the Trans-Canada Highway

The section I am writing about is from the point of where Lakes Superior, Michigan and Huron seem to touch westward to the head of Lake Superior.

It was fifty years ago this month that the eastern gap in the Trans-Canada Highway was finally opened. This was the section over Lake Superior from Sault Ste. Marie to Thunder Bay (then know as Fort William and Port Arthur, Ontario). This was a 165 mile section which had to be crossed. 98 miles had to be cut through virgin forest and the rock of the Canadian Shield. The Trans-Canada Highway includes 7,770 km. Since its opening it has been an ongoing project. In 1962, when it was offically opened half of it was still gravel road. It is all paved now but much of it is just a two lane highway, as it is in Ontario, on the Northern route and the Southern route along the Great Lakes. Increasingly, it is being twinned as a divided highway. In the CBC archives you can listen to some radio shows about the development of the Trans-Canada Highway.

This final section from the Sault to Thunder Bay is a spectacular scenic drive in the summer and a challenging drive in the Winter. In the Winter it is often closed by snow storms. Besides the heavy snowfalls it is very hilly drive. I have driven it only once in the late 60's when my father and I drove my brother home from university in Mankato, Minnesota. Having driven there through the US we thought we would drive home through Canada. We had no idea how long a drive it is.

This is the goose on the edge of the Trans-Canada Highway at Wawa, Ontario. (It is in the process of being restored). Before the gap in the highway was opened Wawa was quite isolated. It was accessible by train, boat or airplane but not connected to the rest of Canada by road.

It would be nice to drive the whole length of the Trans-Canada Highway someday.


At 9:32 a.m., Blogger Anvilcloud said...

I've driven quite a bit of the TC. The Soo to TB section is wonderful in many sections, particularly from the Soo to Wawa if I recall. We live right by Hwy 7 near Ottawa which is kind of TCb, and the two lanes can be frustrating at times.

At 2:44 p.m., Blogger KGMom said...

Philip-oh, it would be a wonderful challenging drive. I think sometimes we forget how big a country Canada really is.

At 3:47 p.m., Blogger Ginnie said...

You make me want to jump in my car and get on up there...but I guess it will have to be next year, if ever !

At 7:45 p.m., Blogger amelia said...

I would love to drive it too!! I can't see us doing it ever but it's something to think about!

At 10:20 a.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with you! I think driving the whole thing would be great. Something to keep on the back burner for the future. I've driven much of the eastern half, TB thru The Soo, to Niagra, and really loved it.

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