Roads and Highways

ROADS AND HIGHWAYS have been an important part of the economic infrastructure in BC since the mid-1850s, when the first wagon road was built, linking FORT VICTORIA to CRAIGFLOWER farm at the head of ESQUIMALT Harbour.

Earliest Roads

In 1862 a TRAIL, later widened for wagons, was driven north across the MALAHAT to the COWICHAN Valley. On the mainland, road building commenced with the discovery of GOLD on the FRASER R. The first route to the Interior was the DOUGLAS TRAIL between...

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