Monday, June 15, 2015

BC Road Trip project takes us back to the sixties

The Ministry of Transportation is
going back in time with the
BC Road Trip Time Machine
Summer season is driving season for many in British Columbia, summer vacations send many of the province's families out to explore the far reaches of BC and beyond.

This summer the Ministry of Transportation is taking a Road Trip back into time, turning the odometer on the car back, with a destination of 1966 and how BC looked for those that travelled the highways of close to sixty years ago.

Called the BC Road Trip Time Machine the Ministry is making use old photos and movies from the photo log program  to create an interesting travelogue of the times.

You can review all of the videos in the series to this point from the YouTube page created for the project here.

So far there have been five instalments of the series included in the archives. With road trips down the Malahat on Vancouver Island, Highway 1 to the Port Mann bridge in Vancouver, the US Border to Pentiction, Penticton to Kelowna and Kelowna to Vernon, marking the video review to the project.

Northerners will be curious to see if the Skeena, or Bulkley Valley stretches of Highway 16 make it to the video archive, considering that the Yellowhead highway is host to some of the most spectacular scenery to be found from the Pacific Ocean to the Rocky Mountains.

In particular, the portion of Highway 16 between Terrace and Prince Rupert would make for a fascinating comparison, with the trip between the two communities a very different proposition today, than than what it looked like from the mid sixties.

Highway 16 along the Skeena would make for a good topic
for the BC Road Trip Time machine project

There is also a still photo archive through the Ministry of Transportation flickr feed, which offers up snap shots of BC's highways and scenery from the last century.

You can learn more about the project from this item from the Ministry of Transportation website, with the option of connecting with them (maybe give them a gentle nudge in support for Highway 16) through their Facebook page or twitter feed or Pinterest page.

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