July 30, 1962
The Trans-Canada Highway opens in British Columbia.
The official opening is marked twice in the province. First, by the provincial government of W.A.C. Bennett, who holds a ceremony on July 30, 1962, in Revelstoke.
Then Canadian Prime Minister John G. Diefenbaker will hold a second ceremony with representatives of the 10 provinces on September 3 at Rogers Pass, in Glacier National Park.
The highway will be completed in 1970, 20 years after construction started.
The 7,821-kilometre highway stretches from coast to coast, though over 3,000 kilometres are not yet paved. Canadians can drive (with ferry rides) from St. John’s, Newfoundland, on the East Coast, to Victoria, British Columbia, on the West Coast.
The final cost of the project will reach $1 billion, with major cost overruns from a tunnel in Montréal and mountain passes near Revelstoke.
To learn more:
Library and Archives Canada
Canadian History for Kids
Parks Canada – Glacier National Park
The Canadian Encyclopedia
Photo of the Rt. Hon. John G. Diefenbaker at the second opening ceremony for the Trans-Canada Highway, Rogers Pass, British Columbia, on September 3, 1962