Trans-Canada Highway

Canada's National Trans-Canada Highway

Trans-Canada Highway
A Bighorn Sheep decides when to cross the Trans-Canada Highway in Jasper National Park in Alberta, Canada. Richard Goerg/Getty Images

History and Importance of the Trans-Canada Highway

The Trans-Canada highway is extremely beneficial to Canada’s economy. The highway allows Canada’s abundant natural resources to be shipped across the world. The highway brings many tourists to Canada yearly. The government continually upgrades the highway to ensure its safety and convenience.

British Columbia and the Prairie Provinces

The Trans-Canada Highway enters Alberta at Banff National Park, located in the Rocky Mountains. Banff, the oldest national park in Canada, is home to Lake Louise. Banff’s Kicking Horse Pass, located in the Continental Divide, is the highest point on the Trans-Canada Highway, at 1643 meters (5,390 feet, above one mile in elevation). Calgary, the largest city in Alberta, is the next major destination on the Trans-Canada Highway. The highway travels through Medicine Hat, Alberta, before entering Saskatchewan.

In Saskatchewan, the Trans-Canada Highway travels through the cities of Swift Current, Moose Jaw, and Regina, the capital of the province.

In Manitoba, travelers drive through the cities of Brandon and Winnipeg, the capital of Manitoba.

Yellowhead Highway

Ontario

Quebec

The Maritime Provinces

South of Moncton, the highway enters Nova Scotia. The highway does not reach Halifax, Nova Scotia’s capital. At North Sydney, Nova Scotia, travelers can take a ferry to the island of Newfoundland.

Newfoundland

The Trans-Canada Highway - Canada’s Connector

The Trans-Canada Highway has greatly improved Canada’s economy over the last fifty years. Canadians and foreigners can experience Canada’s beautiful, interesting geography from the Pacific to the Atlantic Oceans. Travelers can visit countless Canadian cities, which exemplify Canada’s hospitality, culture, history, and modernity.