On my trip back to Calgary from Vancouver I decided to take the old Trans-Canada Highway through Hells Gate and Cache Creek. This was a first for me, since I only ever used the faster more direct route, the Coquilhalla highway. I found the old highway no where near as bad as I had imagined. To me the highway was not as bad as the highway east of Golden. The traffic was also very light, but this could have been due to the fact that I was travelling east on Labour Day Monday and the bulk of the traffic on this road was heading west back to Vancouver.
The first couple pictures here are of Hells Gate. I didn't bother to go down the bottom this time since I definitely will be back this way sometime in the future. When I do come back, I will definitely make sure I have time to take walking trail down to the bottom. The first picture shows the gondola down at the bottom and the bridge you would take to cross the river if you took the walking trail down.
The following pictures where taken east of Cache Creek.
A few folks out doing some white water rafting.
The following pictures where taken at the Last Spike Historic Site west of Revelstoke.
If you hang around the site for a while you may just see a train or two passing by.
The following monument at Rogers Pass was erected in 1962 for the Official Opening of the Trans-Canada Highway on September 5, 1962. Looking at the monument and the map of Canada and the Trans-Canada Highway below it made be reflect on how much of the Trans-Canada Highway I travelled, both on my journey this summer and throughout my entire life. When I think about it there is only a small section between Regina and Brandon, a couple small sections in Quebec, a small section in New Brunswick, and all of what goes through Newfoundland. In all, it's probably about 10 to 20 percent of the total length of the highway.
I don't know if or when I might drive the rest of the Tans-Canada Highway, but what I do know is that what I have covered so far has given me a much better appreciation for the size and diversity of Canada. And, now that I have completed my coast to coast trip I can say with certainty that I prefer Western Canada.