The highest spot on the Trans-Canada is Kicking Horse Pass (on the Alberta-BC border, the continental divide) with an elevation of 1643 m, which incidentally is 316 m higher than the Rogers Pass. The Rogers Pass portion of the highway was paved in 1962, completing the coast-to-coast highway (see more complete history of the highway).
The Trans-Canada Highway links several provincial highways, some of which are 4-lane divided, but many stretches (much through isolated wilderness and agricultural land) are still 2 lanes. It connects Highway #1 (#16 is the northern route) in the BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, with #17 in Ontario (#69, #12, #7 in the southern route), #40, #20 and #185 in Quebec, #2 in New Brunswick, #104 and #105 in Nova Scotia, and #1 in PEI and in Newfoundland. There is no Trans-Canada Highway through the Yukon, Northwest Territories, or in Nunavut (nor in Newfoundland’s Labrador). See our travel itineraries for mile-by-mile details of each section of the highway.
We’ve also compiled our list of top “must see” attractions along the way. This list has 14 items that we feel charcterizes Canada and the Canadian experience. The mid-point of the highway is at Batchwanana Bay, just noth of Sault Ste Marie, Ontario, on the Sault to Wawa segment, which was opened in 1963. We appreciate your feedback.
For detailed maps for each province, click on its name at the TOP OF THE PAGE. Or you can click on the MAP to view specific route itineraries.