Discussion in 'Western Canada's Highway of Tears' started by WhyaDuck?, Feb 18, 2011.
Please discuss and share info on the climate and terrain of the Highway of Tears.
Highway 16 aka "Highway of Tears" starts in the Rocky Mountains on the eastern border of BC, and extends right across the province to the western border. Starting close to Valemont in the east, it cuts through McBride, Prince George, Vanderhoof, Fraser Lake, Burns Lake, Houston, Smithers, New Hazelton, Terrace and Prince Rupert in the west. From Prince Rupert, the ferry brings you down the inner channel to connect to Port Hardy and Port McNeill on Vancouver Island.
Highway 16/Yellowhead connects Prince Rupert, BC, all the way to Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, running through Prince Rupert, Prince George, Edmonton, Saskatoon, and, eventually, Winnipeg.
Highway 16 is the British Columbia, Canada, section of the Yellowhead Highway. The highway closely follows the path of the northern B.C. alignment of the Canadian National Railway. The number '16' was first given to the highway in 1942, and originally, the route that the highway took was more to the north of today's highway, and it was not as long as it is now. Highway 16 originally ran from New Hazelton east to an obscure location known as Aleza Lake. In 1947, Highway 16's western end was moved from New Hazelton to the coastal city of Prince Rupert, and in 1953, the highway was extended all the way east into Yellowhead Pass. Highway 16's alignment on the Queen Charlotte Islands was commissioned in 1984, with BC Ferries beginning service along Highway 16 to the Queen Charlottes the following year.