About the Trans-Canada Highway

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A map showing the main route of the Trans-Canada Highway

With its main route spanning over 8000 km (5000 mi), the Trans-Canada Highway is one of the longest uninterrupted highways in the world. More than two decades in the making, it now passes through all ten of Canada’s provinces, from the Atlantic coast in Newfoundland and Labrador to the Pacific coast in British Columbia.

But not only the sheer length makes this particular highway so special. Along its path you will come across a myriad of breathtaking scenery, with the most notable being Banff National Park in the Rocky Mountains – the oldest and most visited of Canada’s 38 National Parks. On top of that, there are 9 reserves intended to become National Parks, as well as countless provincial parks and otherwise protected areas. Many of these locations are either crossed directly by the Trans-Canada Highway or are situated nearby.

Landscape of Moraine Lake in the Canadian Rockies

Since the Trans-Canada Highway runs close to the U.S. border and about 80% of Canada’s population lives within 150 km (93 mi) of that border, most points of interest can be reached easily. Additionally, every other major highway is linked to the Trans-Canada Highway, which lends itself to those seeking to travel to the more remote regions.