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Old 08-03-2012, 03:01 PM
 
Location: Somewhere flat in Mississippi
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From what I've seen on a map, driving from one end of Canada to the other doesn't look as easy as doing the same in the United States. My atlas is a few years old, and it didn't show any Interstate standard (divided, limited access) highways from one end to the other in Canada.
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Old 08-03-2012, 03:32 PM
 
Location: Vancouver, B.C., Canada
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For a Cross Country Journey you Just take the Trans Canada Highway #1 and you are good to go..

The Trans-Canada Highway (French: Route Transcanadienne) is a federal-provincial highway system that travels through all ten provinces of Canada. It is, along with the Trans-Siberian Highway and Australia's Highway 1, one of the world's longest national highways, with the main route spanning 8,030 km (4,990 mi).

The system was approved by the Trans-Canada Highway Act of 1949,with construction commencing in 1950. The highway officially opened in 1962, and was completed in 1971. The highway system is recognizable by its distinctive white-on-green maple leaf route markers.

Source:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trans-Canada_Highway
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Old 08-03-2012, 03:38 PM
 
Location: Hillsboro, OR
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From what I've seen on a map, driving from one end of Canada to the other doesn't look as easy as doing the same in the United States. My atlas is a few years old, and it didn't show any Interstate standard (divided, limited access) highways from one end to the other in Canada.
It's fairly simple actually. The TCH-1 is a four-lane divided highway from Victoria to its ferry, then through Vancouver eastwards and through the Coquihalla. Between the end of the Coquihalla and the eastern edge of the Rockies in Alberta, the TCH turns into a two lane road to maneuver through the mountains well. After this, the TCH-1 is a four-lane divided highway with some freeway instances east all the way to just short of the Ontario border in Manitoba. The TCH then goes back to a two-lane and splits into two separate roads depending on how you want to go. If you go down through Toronto, you'll have plenty of multilane limited access highways in the 400 highways in Ontario and the Québec Autoroutes. You can choose to bypass these areas on the true TCH which will remain two-lane until Ottawa/l'Outaouais. After passing Montréal, you will have interstate-standard autoroutes with access to the NB border (they are working on upgrading a section that is still two-lane on Autoroute 85/QC-185 if I remember correctly).

Through the entirety of NB, you have an interstate-standard TCH. If you take a sidetrip to PEI... that's pretty much all two-lane, with a few exceptions around Charlottetown. In Nova Scotia, you have interstate-standard TCH to Truro, then NS-102 is the same down to Halifax, while you have interstate-standard TCH 104 until several kms east of New Glasgow, where it goes down to a two/three-lane road. This continues pretty much through eastern Nova Scotia, with a few small exceptions near Sydney... then you have the ferry, and Newfoundland is almost all two/three-lane except for short periods near Grand Falls-Windsor and Gander, then again in and around St. John's.
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Old 08-04-2012, 05:50 AM
 
Location: WNY
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I once hitch-hiked from Vancouver to Thunder Bay. It's only about half the route but it was an experience
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Old 08-10-2012, 09:11 AM
 
Location: Londonderry, NH
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My girlfriend and I drove to Alaska from Connecticut via the Trans Canada Highway and the Alaska Highway back in 1968. We were tent camping the entire trip. I still have the memories of the trip and am still married to the same girl.

If we can affford it the next trip will be to drive/ferry to Newfoundland for a month or so. I figure September after the kids are back in school to be a good time for decent (aka not snowing) weather on "The Rock".
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Old 08-10-2012, 10:31 PM
 
Location: Beautiful Niagara Falls ON.
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I've driven across the country lots of times. Being the proud Canadian I am it really hurts me that our one and only "Federal highway" across the nation really sucks big time compared to the US interstate. In many places it's no better than a US county road. It's hard to believe but you have to drive right through the middle of a few cities alomg the route. Montreal and Calgary being the worst bottlenecks. It'd freakin dangerous road through most of BC and is presently being upgraded to 4 lanes in a lot of areas.

Having said all of that I can also say that if you are not in a hurry it's a beautiful drive to be sure.
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Old 08-11-2012, 08:13 PM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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I've driven across the country lots of times. Being the proud Canadian I am it really hurts me that our one and only "Federal highway" across the nation really sucks big time compared to the US interstate. In many places it's no better than a US county road. It's hard to believe but you have to drive right through the middle of a few cities alomg the route. Montreal and Calgary being the worst bottlenecks. It'd freakin dangerous road through most of BC and is presently being upgraded to 4 lanes in a lot of areas.

Having said all of that I can also say that if you are not in a hurry it's a beautiful drive to be sure.
The bypass of Montreal (Autoroute 30) should be open this fall I think. Driving through the city really sucks as you said.
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Old 08-11-2012, 08:37 PM
 
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It's pretty tough. It would probably take around a week with stopping but it would definitely be an experience.
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Old 08-12-2012, 01:14 AM
 
Location: British Columbia, Canada
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.... It's freakin dangerous road through most of BC and is presently being upgraded to 4 lanes in a lot of areas.
LOL. And here I always just thought it was beautiful and an exciting challenge. If you think it's dangerous driving it in BC then I guess I would be bored stiff driving all of the rest of it east of the Rockies.

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Old 08-12-2012, 02:06 AM
 
Location: Canada
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Not all across Canada - I've driven from Manitoba to the west coast several times and east as far as Ottawa. But I would like to do the whole thing one day. The Longest Road is a documentary about the Trans Canada Highway which is worth seeing, imo.
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