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[[File:TransCanadaHWY.png|thumb|Route of the Trans-Canada Highway]][[File:TC_Hwy_Rockies.JPG|thumb|Trans-Canada Highway in [[Alberta]]]]The '''Transcanadian Highway''' is the main East-West connection road within [[Canada]]. It is managed by the Provinces and the Federal, and runs through all the provincial capitals cities of the countryand three metropoles starting from [[St. John's]], [[Newfoundland and Labrador|NewFoundLand]] all the way to [[Victoria]], [[British Columbia]]. AlthoughHowever, the highway network system in itself is managed by the provinces and the road is having has a very different design depending of on the province crossed.
=== Except in around the most densely populated area, most of the Transcanadian Highway is a simple 2 lane collector road for most of its distance (when it is called 'Route'), so it is possible to hitchhike just right on the road in many places, apart from certain motorway sections such as on Vancouver Island where hitchhiking is explicitly forbidden. While it is thus not generally necessary to get a lift to the next big city, service stations can be infrequent and because of a relatively high brand diversity (not just McD's and Tim Horton's) especially truck drivers often prefer certain stops. It is usually considered as a motorway where the denomination is starting with 'H' or 'A' such as in [[Quebec Highway Network ===]], [[Ontario]] and around [[Winnipeg]] for example.
==== [[Quebec]] Highway Network ====
[[Quebec highways]]
=== In [[Quebec]], the Transcanadian Highway is consituted of the [[A-40 (Quebec)|A-40]] between [[Montreal]] and [[Ontario Highway Network ===]] followed by the [[A-20 (Quebec)|A-20]] from [[Montreal]] all the way until becoming the [[A-20 (Quebec)|Route 185]] before [[New Brunswick]].
==External Links==*Another northern branch of the Transcanadian depart from [[Montreal]] as the [[A-15 (Quebec)|A-Canada_Highway TransCanada15]] at Wikipedianorthward to , becoming the Route 117 before reaching Northern [[Ontario]] as the [[Ontario highways|Route 11]].
==== [[Ontario]] Highway Network ====
[[Ontario highways]]
In [[Ontario]], the Transcanadian splits into a Northern (Route 11), a Middle (Route 17) and a Southern branch where the Northern and Middle does reverses in [[Thunder Bay]].
As the Northern branch, the Route 11 join the [[Quebec highways|route 117]] in , [[Quebec]] but also aim South joining Route 17 at its Eastern Junction in [[North Bay]]. Both Route merge again just East of [[Thunder Bay]] near the Lake Nipigon. West of [[Thunder Bay]], Route 11 keeps South going towards the [[Fort Frances]] Border Crossing to [[Minnesota]].
The Middle branch starts at the [[Quebec]] border near [[Montreal]] as the H-417 heading towards and through [[Ottawa]], continuing from there as the Route 17 and merging with the Southern branch in [[Sudbury]] it continues towards [[Sault Ste.Marie]] (Border crossing to [[Michigan]]), then follow the shore of Lake Superior to [[Thunder Bay]] and further to [[Manitoba]]. '''Note:''' [[Wawa (Ontario)|Wawa]], along the Route 17, is seen as the worst place to be dropped along the Transcanadian, read further on the place page.
The Southern branch, depart from [[Ottawa]] as the Route 7 in direction of [[Toronto]] and Oshawa. From the area of Lake Simcoe, north of [[Toronto]], it heads Northbound as simultaneously the Route 12, the H-400 and route 69 until [[Sudbury]] where it merge with the Route 17.
==== [[British Columbia]] Highway Network ====
[[BC highways]]
In [[British Columbia]], the Transcanadian follows the same path than in the Prairies. The Route 1 (becoming the H-1 near [[Vancouver]] Area), quitting [[Banff|Banff National Park]] in [[Alberta]] heads South towards [[Vancouver]], through [[Kamloops]] all the way until [[Victoria]] on Vancouver Islands where the Transcanadian also become shortly the H-19.
The Route 16 quits [[Jasper|Jasper National Park]] in [[Alberta]] heading West through [[Prince Georges]] until [[Prince Rupert]] where it reaches the Pacific Ocean.
The [[BC highways|Alaska Highway]] starting in [[Dawson Creek]] is not part of the Transcanadian.
==== Maritimes Highway Network ====
[[Maritimes highways]]
In [[New Brunswick]], the Transcanadian consists of the H-2 stretching from [[Quebec]] onto [[Nova Scotia]] and passing through [[Fredericton]] and [[Moncton]]. Just before the [[Nova Scotia]] border, the Route 16 branch head East to reach the [[Confederation Bridge]] to [[Prince Edward Island]].
In [[Prince Edward Island]], the Transcanadian becomes the Route 1 on the [[Confederation Bridge]] in direction of [[Charlottetown]], the provincial capital, before continuing further South to [[Woods Island]] ferry crossing to [[Nova Scotia]].
In [[Nova Scotia]], the Route 104 stretches from the [[New Brunswick]] border further East, passing [[Truro]] (the junction to the Route 102 to [[Halifax]]), until [[Sydney (NS)|Sydney]] for the ferry to the [[Newfoundland and Labrador|NewFoundLand]].
Near [[New Glasgow]], the Route 106 branch of the Transcanadian reaches the coast near [[Pictou]] for the ferry to the [[Prince Edward Island]].
In [[Newfoundland and Labrador|NewFoundLand]], the Route 1 crosses the island as part of the Transcanadian from [[Channel-Port aux Basques]] where the ferry from [[Sydney (NS)|Sydney]], [[Nova Scotia]] arrives, all the way to [[St. John's]] the provincial capital.
==== [[Alberta]] Highway Network ====
''See [[Prairies highways]] and the Prairies Network beneath for more details''
==== Prairies and [[Alberta]] Highway Network ====
[[Prairies highways]]
In [[Manitoba]], the Transcanadian consists of the Route 1 which connects with the [[Ontario highways|Route 17]] in [[Ontario]] and goes through [[Winnipeg]]. The [[Winnipeg]] By-Pass [[Prairies highways|H-100]] is also part of the Transcanadian network.
West of [[Winnipeg]], after [[Portage la Prairie]], the Transcanadian splits in two, the Route 1 continuing through [[Saskatchewan]] and [[Regina]], [[Alberta]] ([[Calgary]] and [[Banff|Banff National Park]]) towards [[British Columbia]].
The Route 16 heads North-West, into [[Saskatchewan]] and [[Saskatoon]], [[Alberta]] ([[Edmonton]] and [[Jasper|Jasper National Park]]) towards [[British Columbia]].
== External Links ==
* [ TransCanada] at Wikipedia
[[Category:New Brunswick]]
[[Category:Nova Scotia]]
[[Category:Newfoundland and Labrador]]
[[Category:British Columbia]]
[[Category:Prince Edward Island]]
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