This route is 462 km and can take 5:20 hrs
All vehicles can now travel on the Trans-Canada #1 from Vancouver to Hope. But routes north are limited to local travel (the #1 as far as Jackass Mountain, and the Coquihalla #5). The only route east from Hope is the Crowsnest Route #3 toward Osoyoos.
The section between Hope and Princeton was damaged by mudslide/rockslide during the flooding in November 2021. It was cleaned up and rebuilding is continuing at this time.
As of Dec 21, Highway 3 has opened up to general travel. This was the preferred (fastest) route for truckers prior to the Coquihalla re-opening. Truckers should take the Coquihalla #5 to/from Kamloops
From Princeton head north on Highway 5A to Merritt, and from Merritt get on the Coquihalla north to Kamloops, where you reconnect to the Trans Canada Highway #1.
The route has one lane in each direction (and an occasional passing lanes), and moves at the speed of the slowest vehicle on the road. So please be patient.
From Kamloops, travellers can take the Trans-Canada #1 east to Golden and Calgary, or head northeast on the #5 to Jasper and east on the Yellowhead Highway #16 to Edmonton. See our Trans-Canada Itineraries from Kamloops to Revelstoke, Revelstoke to Lake Louise, (and if hitting Golden between 10pm and 7 am before Dec 23, the detour route Golden-Radium-Castle Junction) and Lake Louise to Calgary.