We’ve come a LONG WAY in 20 Years!
Added 4300 Attractions
The directory has added over 4300 attractions across Canada. These newly added listings further enhance the website’s comprehensive coverage of Attractions, Shopping, Sports & Recreation, Entertainment, and Travel Services, offering a one-stop platform for travelers exploring the vast Canadian landscape. [MORE]
Added National Parks, Historical Sites, First Nations
Added 47 National Parks, 130 National Historical Sites, and 647 First Nations, to provide the most complete listings (and links) to the national treasures our visitors are most interested in discovering and exploring.
Enhanced PEI Highway Details and Towns
We added several smaller communities along the Trans Canada Highway #1 through PEI and updated the attractions listings for the communities already in our website’s editorial. We give you more reasons to stay longer and more things to do while visiting PEI.
Expanding Coverage to Other Trans-Canada Routes
We have added overviews to the other Trans-Canada routes, including Ontario’s #7 Southern Route, #11 northern route, and in the west the #3 Crowsnest Route (with FULL detailed itineraries), and the #16 Yellowhead Route. As well as routes to the North: the Alaska Highway , the Dempster Highway and Inuvik-to-Tuk Highway and the Trans-Labrador Highway Route.
Added Crowsnest Highway (#3) Details
We have added Route Overviews and Itinerary details about the Crowsnest Highway #3 through southern BC and Alberta. We also added the towns along the route to the Towns & Cities info for their respectives provinces (and integrated communities up and down the Okanagan Valley between the TCH #1 and the Crowsnest#3.
Radium Detour During Kicking Horse Construction
We are adding the Castle Junction-Radium-Golden detour to accommodate a major construction project between Lake Louise and Golden.
We also started adding other major routes (Ontario’s 401) and other Trans-Canada routes, including Ontario’s #7 southern route, Ontario’s #11 northern route, and in the west the #3 Crowsnest Highway, and the #16 Yellowhead Highway.
BC Floods Coverage
TransCanadaHighway.com has been providing travellers updates on the website and on social media about travel options and alternative routes, given the shutdown of the TCH#1 and Coquihalla #5 (as well as the #7, #3 and #99) due to flood damage and landslides across southwest BC in November.
Updated our Social Media Strategy
We redesigned out visual standards for self-promotional posts and links,and expanded news from just Facebook, to Twitter and LinkedIn. Added link-back posts for provinces, cities, and itineraries to Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.
COVID Travel Restrictions
When the COVID pandemic hit, we added COVID and the related Travel Restrictions info to the TransCanadaHighway.com website. Posted updates in any provincial travel restrictions to website and to our social media channels.
We also provided over-the-phone guidance to help folks return to their homes at the start of travel restrictions, and helped travellers who had necessary travel to navigate the changing restrictions.
TransCanadaHighway.com moved to WordPress
After 20 years using Microsoft SQL Server technology, we used the first few months of COVID to transfer the website to WordPress, whicxh helped us to improve functionality, the quality of graphics, and our integration with Google Maps.
Merged FoundLocally Content into TransCanadaHighway.com
‘We merged in key local information and content from our thirty sister FoundLocally.com community directory websites, and shifted the brand focus from the #1 national highway to all about travel in and across Canada.
Trans Canada Highway to cover ALL Canada
For 20 years we were focused on the main #1 Highway coast to coast. Looking to a post-COVID travel boom in Canada from Canadian and global visitors, we began to expand to cover other routes (the #16 Yellowhead Highway, the Crowsnest #3 Route, the #11 Northern Ontario Route. And we also better serve travellers to Canada’s Arctic: Nunavut, Northwest Territories, and Yukon.
Toronto Detour from Main Trans-Canada Route
Added itineraries for the Montreal-Toronto-Sudbury detour off main #17 highway, to include the east-west Highway 401 (the Macdonald-Cartier Freeway, NOT the Trans-Canada) and the north-south Highway 400
Added Shortcuts for Popular Features
- Access provinces with their 2 letter code (/bc, /ab, /sk) and/or 3 for /pei and /nwt
- Access major cities by name (/calgary, /vancouver, /saskatoon ) to jump to that page directly (no need to type province name in URL)
- Access major features /history, /weather, /roads, /wine, /beer, /movies,
Rebuilt our Marketing Website
We realized we are not “a company with three websites + marketing services”, but we are “a marketing company, with three websites that PROVE (and support) our marketing services!”. To do this we moved the site to WordPress, to improve the functionality and graphics.
We also reviewed our service offerings, and provided more detail about the many great services we have provided clients over our 19 years in business.
SSL – Secure Server
In April, we implemented SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) to provide secure forms, encrypted communication, as well as better integration between our business directory and Google maps using our LocalMap feature, across our websites
To help celebrate Canada’s 150th Birthday, and the people visiting many parts of the country to share in that, we have added, updated, and upgraded lots of information around our site and in our business listings.
Trans Canada Highway history published
We have published the history of the Trans Canada Highway, and integrated it with the itineraries and community content of our popular travel-planning site, TransCanadaHighway.com. This helps people plan and enjoy their cross-Canada road trips while celebrating Canada 150.
Enhanced Login Security
Updated security on Registered Contacts to improve database security
Launched Marketing Website
New WordPress site combines content form Blog, Media Kit and Website Audit domains… using Responsive Design.
Enhanced Masonry Layout (Pinterest-style)
We have expanded our masonry layout (Pinterest-style interface) to a broad range of site sections, with visual links to a wide range of content and [random] featured businesses in our directory
We’re now TransCanada FoundLocally Inc
re-branding to reflect (a) national scope and (b) our two strongest online brands