The longest national highway in the world today is Trans-Canada Highway. One may argue about this statement as there are many highways in the world which are longer than this. For example Highway 1 in Australia is around 20,000 km long and it connects most of the cities in Australia running around making a full circle. The ring share highway 1 is best called as a highway system. Similarly, Pan-American Highway is around 25,000 km long. The highway spans through many countries in the American continent. As a result Pan-American highway is a international highway. American highway system consists of collection of highways and totally they are 600,000 km in length. Tran Siberian highway which is about 11,000 km long is also longer than the Trans-Canada Highway. Still Trans-Canada highway is the longest national highway as it runs from a point to point within the country.
Trans-Canada highway runs across five time zones and ten provinces from Victoria town in British Columbia to St. Johns in Newfoundland. This is around 8000 km in distance and not a straight line connecting this two cities. Trans-Canada highway run closer to American boarder. The mid point of this long road is situated in Batchawana Bay of Ontario. The highest point is at 1600 m from the sea in Alberta.
The development plan of Trans-Canada highway began in 1949 by a parliamentary act. According to the act, the expenses of construction of the highway and maintenance cost are shared by federal government and provincial governments. The construction began in 1950 and it was officially opened to the public in 1962. The opening ceremony was held in Rogers Pass and then prime minister John Diefenbaker was the chief guest. Even though it was open to the public, the construction of the road was not fully completed and it took 30 years more to develop in to the current state. In 2003, an additional path was added to the highway in New Brunswick province. This has cut down the transit time by around 1 hour.
Trans-Canada highway can also be considered as a collection of highways as well. Accordingly, trans-Canada highway represents the Highway 1 in BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. In Ontario highway 17, highway 40, 20 and 185 in Quebec, Highway 2 in New Brunswick, Highway 104 and 106 in Nova Scotia and Highway 1 in PE and Newfoundland complete the Trans-Canada Highway.
Trans-Canada highway does not have the same number of lanes (width) along it is whole span. In the busy town areas, it contains four or more lanes. In the country and farm areas has only two lanes. There have been two difficult areas for the construction of the road. One of these is 265 km long path in Sault Ste Marie area in Ontario closer to lake Superior. The other is in the are of Rogers Pass in British Columbia in between Revelstoke and Golden. It is 147 km in distance. Rogers area get high snow fall with lot of mountains.
A full trip along the Trans-Canada highway will take three and half days. There are many tourist attraction along the way and you will never feel tired if you love the beautiful scenery along the way. Looking forward to bring you more about the beautiful places in Canada, I wind up. Please take a minute to share this article with your friends and I appreciate your valuable feedback.
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