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(I found an article recently on a law site which contests the popularly assumed illegality of hitchhiking in BC, and have amended the article based on that.)
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'''British Columbia''' is the Westernmost province of [[Canada]], the home of the Rocky Mountains and the window on the Pacific Ocean.
 
'''British Columbia''' is the Westernmost province of [[Canada]], the home of the Rocky Mountains and the window on the Pacific Ocean.
  
The capital city is [[Victoria]] situated on the Vancouver Island, [[Vancouver]] is the largest city and the third metropole of [[Canada]].
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The capital city is [[Victoria]] situated on the Vancouver Island, while [[Vancouver]] is the largest city and the third metropole of [[Canada]].
  
Be advised, hitchhiking is '''prohibited by law''' in BC in accordance with section 182 of the British Columbia Motor Vehicle Act. That being said, hitchhiking is not uncommon in BC and you are unlikely to be bothered by the police.
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The legality of hitchhiking is described in BC's ''Motor Vehicle Act''.  According to section 182 (3), "A person must not be on a roadway to solicit a ride, employment or business from an occupant of a vehicle."  However, the Act defines roadways to mean "the portion of the highway that is improved, designed or ordinarily used for vehicular traffic, but does not include the shoulder, and if a highway includes 2 or more separate roadways, the term "roadway" refers to any one roadway separately and not to all of them collectively (...)", albeit there are a number of highways which entirely bar pedestrian use (see external links).  While this indicates that hitchhiking should be legal when standing on the shoulder of a highway, law enforcement may not be aware of the details of this legislation.
  
 
== Cities ==
 
== Cities ==
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* [http://www.bclaws.ca/EPLibraries/bclaws_new/document/ID/freeside/96318_05#section182: BC Motor Vehicles Act regarding hitchhiking]
 
* [http://www.bclaws.ca/EPLibraries/bclaws_new/document/ID/freeside/96318_05#section182: BC Motor Vehicles Act regarding hitchhiking]
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* [http://www.legaltree.ca/node/671 Legaltree: Is hitchhiking legal in BC?}
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Revision as of 20:11, 29 August 2011

British Columbia is the Westernmost province of Canada, the home of the Rocky Mountains and the window on the Pacific Ocean.

The capital city is Victoria situated on the Vancouver Island, while Vancouver is the largest city and the third metropole of Canada.

The legality of hitchhiking is described in BC's Motor Vehicle Act. According to section 182 (3), "A person must not be on a roadway to solicit a ride, employment or business from an occupant of a vehicle." However, the Act defines roadways to mean "the portion of the highway that is improved, designed or ordinarily used for vehicular traffic, but does not include the shoulder, and if a highway includes 2 or more separate roadways, the term "roadway" refers to any one roadway separately and not to all of them collectively (...)", albeit there are a number of highways which entirely bar pedestrian use (see external links). While this indicates that hitchhiking should be legal when standing on the shoulder of a highway, law enforcement may not be aware of the details of this legislation.

Cities

Regions

Towns

TODO: to be moved to separate articles

Golden

From Lake Louise continuing on Highway 1 eastbound

The streets split after Lake Louise - see that on google map. That will be a bit tricky. Highway 1 continues strait if you continue eastbound.

There is no town until GOLDEN. Field is only a hotel and a roadhouse - as far as I remember. A little town on the left side, away from the Highway. Gas station Golden right at the highway, its quite big, you should get all your supplies you need there. Hitchhiking from there is ok too.

Revelstoke

Highly recommendable, small and beautiful mountain town, beautiful river and small lake to swim in with the locals on hot summers day. Hiking in the national park of Revelstoke is recommendable, too. There are easy and difficult trails. Take the car up there (many curves).

Hope

May take about 15 minutes if you are heading out of Hope going eastbound.

Hitchhiking from Revelstoke eastbound

That one is tricky, cause the gas station is kind of out of the way from the highway. Better asking people at the gas station if they are going south. Try to hitch from the side of the town, before the bridge. Maybe there is a better spot before the gas station, but that needs to be explored by foot.


The Okanagan Valley

Easy to get rides throughout, especially north/south along the 97, and easy to get temporary work anytime from June through October. The Okanagan is home to a large fruit and wine industry, often allowing for day-to-day temporary jobs that pay daily, with many orchard owners allowing you to camp in their orchard or providing basic picker's shacks.

Border Crossing to the United States

Crossing to Montana

Crossing to Idaho

Crossing to Washington

External links

Provinces and Territories of Canada

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